Webinar on March 23: Stigma Kills: Addressing Opioid Use Disorder By Changing Culture

March 23, 2021, 11AM-12PM EDT

This session is part of the Addressing Health Disparities to Reduce Opioid Use Harm SWEEP.

Join us on March 23 as Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C defines stigma and its different forms.

Dr. Bottner will describe the impact stigma has on care delivery and outline ways to identify and eliminate stigma.


Our Speaker

Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C
Affiliate faculty member, Department of Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant, Division of Hospital Medicine, Dell Seton Medical Center

Mr. Bottner is the director of the Buprenorphine Team, a full-service consultation team that provides patients who are hospitalized and have opioid use disorder access to treatment and linkage to appropriate outpatient care. The program also works to reduce stigma of patients with substance use disorders. Mr. Bottner is also the director of Support Hospital Opioid Use Treatment (SHOUT) Texas, a program seeking to increase access to opioid use disorder treatment in hospitals across the state.

Mr. Bottner is currently co-principal investigator on a grant from the Texas Targeted Opioid Response program investigating best practices for the hospital-based management of opioid use disorder and on a grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges to develop and disseminate the Reducing Stigma Education Tools (ReSET) modules, a robust and interactive online learning environment. Mr. Bottner was the first physician assistant in the country to be certified to teach the buprenorphine certification (x-waiver) curriculum through the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

In addition to his clinical and research interests in hospital medicine, substance use disorders, palliative care and systems-based practice, Mr. Bottner represents Dell Medical School as a cohort leader in The University of Texas at Austin’s Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice course. He has also led several quality and process improvement projects around medication safety, medical error reporting and readmission prevention.