With generous support from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation under the Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP) program, the Medical Toxicology Foundation presents:

Curbing the Opioid Crisis in Philadelphia: Increasing Emergency Department Initiation of Buprenorphine-Naloxone for Opioid Use Disorder 


PI: Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, FACMT
Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
perrone_2019.jpgDr. Perrone has led several investigations and initiatives in opioid stewardship to mitigate the harms of the evolving opioid crisis. She founded and leads the ED pathways to OUD treatment to offer onsite medication and immediate referral into treatment from each of the health system Emergency Departments. Dr. Perrone was recently awarded a grant to collaborate with Independence Blue Cross to study factors and incentives to augment ED provider initiation of buprenorphine. She and co-authors characterized the fentanyl cocaine crisis in Philadelphia in the New England Journal of Medicine and led a study on veterinary opioid prescribing recently published in JAMA Open. Perrone has served on the Philadelphia Mayor's Task Force, The PA State Opioid and PDMP task forces, and several advisory committees with the CDC and FDA addressing judicious opioid prescribing. She has advocated and lectured at the state and national level for harm reduction and ED treatment for Opioid Use Disorder and is frequently featured in news media. Dr. Perrone has won numerous awards for education and mentorship of students, residents and fellows. In 2014, she was elected into Penn's Academy of Master Clinicians.
Screen_Shot_2019-02-01_at_1_05_27_PM.pngJoseph D’Orazio, MD, FAAEM, FACMT

Dr. D’Orazio is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology, and Addiction Medicine. He cares for patients at both Temple University Hospital and the Temple University Episcopal Campus Emergency Departments in Philadelphia. Dr. D’Orazio  works for the Poison Control Center in Philadelphia and serves as Temple University Hospital’s medical toxicologist and addiction medicine specialist providing consultation at the bedside for admitted patients. He is the co-medical director for Temple's TRUST Clinic providing care for patients with opioid use disorder in a primary care setting. Dr. D'Orazio served as a member for the City of Philadelphia's Mayor’s Office Opioid Abuse Task Force and currently serves as a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Addiction and Recovery.

utsha.jpgUtsha Khatri, MD
Dr. Utsha Khatri is currently a fourth year and chief resident at the Penn Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She was selected to join the 2019-2021 cohort of National Clinician Scholars Program. As a fellow, she will  continue to focus on improving the quality of medical care and social service delivery for vulnerable populations, with a focus on individuals with a history of incarceration and those with substance use disorder.

Utsha received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Davidson College in North Carolina and then attended George Washington University for medical school where she completed the “Community Health” track. She is also a former Fulbright Scholar.
katlee.jpgKathleen Lee, MD
Dr. Kathleen (Kat) Lee serves as the director of innovation and an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Kat is also a clinical innovation manager at the Penn Center for Digital Health / Center for Health Care Innovation. Kat’s work focuses on leveraging social and web-based technologies to better engage patients and providers. Over the years, she has won numerous awards, grants and investments for her work and her tools are in widespread use within a number of diverse clinical settings.

Kat obtained her bachelor's degree in engineering from Princeton University and went on to complete her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Kat has received numerous recognitions for her pivotal service work with Trenton, New Jersey and Baltimore, Maryland youth, including the Princeton University Joseph Clifton Award, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and the Johns Hopkins David E. Rogers Award. Kat completed her Emergency Medicine training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Screen_Shot_2019-02-01_at_12_56_25_PM.pngSerge-Emile Simpson, MD
Dr. Simpson is faculty attending in Emergency medicine and Medical Toxicology at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia (since 2008) and Medical Toxicology Division Director since 2016.