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Richard D. Blondell

Vice Chair for Addiction Medicine
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo


Addiction, substance abuse, opioids

Head shot of Richard D. Blondell.

Richard D. Blondell is a nationally recognized expert on substance abuse.

He can speak to the media about the science and treatment of addiction. He can also comment on public policy decisions related to substance abuse and America’s opioid epidemic.

As a physician, Blondell cares for patients as they withdraw and stabilize from drug and/or alcohol addiction. His research interests include investigating clinical management strategies for specific groups of patients with a prescription drug addiction, including pregnant women and people with chronic pain.

Blondell is also focused on developing best practices for training the next generation of doctors on how best to treat and prevent addiction. In 2013, he was named the first director of the National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine established by the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation (ABAMF). The addiction medicine fellowship he developed in the UB Department of Family Medicine was among the nation’s first 10 postgraduate addiction medicine residencies accredited by ABAMF. As of the end of 2016, there were 42 such fellowships throughout the U.S. and Canada.


Richard D. Blondell, MD
Professor of Family Medicine and Vice Chair for Addiction Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Physician, UBMD Family Medicine