Nov. 7, 2008 – Jeffrey Baxter receives AMERSA’s 2008 New Educator Award

Jeffrey Baxter, M.D., received the 2008 New Educator Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) on Nov. 7, 2008. The award recognizes an AMERSA member who has made significant contributions to substance abuse education or research at an early state in his/her career, and demonstrates the potential for future achievements in the field.

Dr. Baxter received the award at AMERSA’s Annual National Conference. He was nominated by Peter D. Friedmann, M.D., M.P.H. from Rhode Island Hospital.

“Dr. Baxter views his professional mission as helping family medicine reinvent its role and reinvest itself in the treatment of patients with addictive disorders,” Dr. Friedmann wrote in his nominating letter. “With all of the pressures placed in our current medical system on primary care in general, and family medicine specifically, the field is in desperate need of leaders who will champion the needs of the patients in our practices with substance abuse issues.”

Dr. Jeffrey Baxter has served as a consultant for the Research and Evaluation Unit at UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research since 2005. His personal research interests include the impact of substance use disorders and mental illness on chronic medical conditions, particularly asthma, and the organization and delivery of buprenorphine treatment services for opioid dependence.  He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Medical School.

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