D’Onofrio appointed Albert E. Kent Professor of Emergency Medicine

Gail D’Onofrio
Gail D’Onofrio

Gail D’Onofrio, who is internationally known for her work in alcohol and other substance use disorders as well as her research on gender variations in women with ischemic heart disease, was named Albert E. Kent Professor of Emergency Medicine. Her appointment became effective in October 2020.

D’Onofrio is also the inaugural chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, physician-in-chief of emergency services at Yale New Haven Hospital, and a professor of epidemiology (chronic disease) at Yale School of Public Health.

Her work demonstrating that emergency department-initiated buprenorphine increases engagement in addiction treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) has changed clinical practice, earning her multiple scientific honors, including awards from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the Clinical Research Forum, and the R. Brinkley Smithers and Distinguished Scientist Award by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

D’Onofrio has a long track record of mentoring physician scientists in independent research careers. She is a principal investigator of the Yale Drug use, Addiction, and HIV Research Scholars program, a fellowship that offers focused training in prevention and treatment of drug use, addiction, and HIV in general medical settings with scholars in medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and pulmonary critical care. She has also mentored numerous emergency medicine faculty. She has received several awards in recognition of her dedication to mentorship and nurturing careers of junior investigators, including the Excellence in Mentoring award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA 2008), the Advancing Women in Emergency Medicine award from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM 2016), and the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) Outstanding Department Award for the advancement of women (SAEM 2018).

An advocate for individuals with substance use disorder, D’Onofrio is a founding board member of the Board of Addiction Medicine and was one of the architects of a Connecticut strategic plan to reduce opioid deaths, working with multiple agencies regionally and nationally to change policies and introduce interventions to combat the opioid crisis. She also serves on the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse for the National Institutes of Health.

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