Experts by Expertise: Opioid Epidemic

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Richard D. Blondell

Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine

Expertise: addiction, substance abuse, opioids

Contact: Richard Blondell can be reached most quickly through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or


Yu-Ping Chang

Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Endowed Professor of Nursing

Expertise: mental health; substance abuse and addiction; family caregiving and dementia

Phone: 716-829-2015



David Herzberg

Associate Professor of History

Expertise: opioid epidemic; history of prescription drugs, street drugs and other psychoactive substances; drug wars; drugs and popular culture

Phone: 716-645-8416



Kenneth E. Leonard

Director of the Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions

Expertise: alcohol, substance abuse and aggression; effects of substance use on marriage, families and relationships; interpersonal (domestic) violence; medical and recreational marijuana; prescription painkillers  

Phone: 716-887-2566



Nancy Nielsen

Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Expertise: Affordable Care Act, Medicare for all, health care policy, Medicare and Medicaid policy, clinicians’ response to the opioid epidemic

Phone: 716-207-6866