Laura G. Kehoe, M.D.
Medical Director, Substance Use Disorder Bridge Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 • 10:30 AM–12:00 PM
Laura G. Kehoe MD, MPH, FASAM is the medical director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Bridge Clinic, an immediate access, transitional addiction program, which is a component of MGH’s greater Substance Use Disorder Initiative. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr Kehoe received her A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis, her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine, and her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health. She completed her residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is board certified in both internal medicine and addiction medicine. She has cared for patients in the primary care setting, as well as residential and outpatient multidisciplinary addiction treatment settings, and was the Medical Director of Baycove Treatment Center for Opiate Addictions Methadone Maintenance program.
Dr. Kehoe is passionate about lowering barriers to immediately accessible, compassionate, evidence based care for patients with substance use disorder. She is actively involved in medical student and resident education, and was the co-chair of the hospital-wide Substance Use Disorder Education Committee. She was integrally involved in developing Massachusetts General Hospital’s Emergency Department “Get Waivered” program, where she co-led the trainings which resulted in 90% of all Emergency Department physicians waivered to prescribed buprenorphine. She mentors providers and health center teams to incorporate addiction treatment into primary care, and she regularly leads trainings about the management of patients substance use disorder.
Dr. Kehoe teaches locally, regionally and nationally about addiction and has led workshops and delivered invited symposia at national conferences and continuing education courses. She was invited by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and Harvard Medical School to help develop and present a global, on-line educational course on substance use disorder, “Understanding Addiction.” Dr. Kehoe is the co-chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Prisoner Health Interest Group, and was recently invited to join the ASAM Annual Conference Planning Committee.
In 2017, Dr. Kehoe was a featured panelist alongside Michael Botticelli, the former Director of President Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy and other local Boston leaders at the “HUBweek: Deep Dive into the Opioid Epidemic” as a clinical innovator in care delivery. She was recently invited to be a keynote panelist showcasing innovative ways to address the nation’s opioid epidemic at the 6th annual U.S. News Healthcare of Tomorrow forum in Washington DC in November 2018.
In addition to providing clinical care and teaching, Dr. Kehoe co-founded W.A.T.E.R.town (Watertown Access to Treatment Education and Recovery), a community coalition working to expand prevention, intervention and treatment for people with substance use disorders in Watertown, MA, for which she received the Harvard Medical School Dean’s Community Service Faculty Award.