Physician Education: Bridging Clinical Research and Patient Care

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Program Director, Residency Program in Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY

Topics of Professional Interest:
  • Treating opioid dependence in HIV and primary care
  • Caring for the substance-using patient
  • HIV prevention for substance-using women
Current Professional Summary:

Dr Kunins is the Residency Program Director for the Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine Program at Montefiore Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. As a general internist, she provides HIV, addiction, and primary care to a panel of patients at a community health center and at a methadone-maintenance program. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr Kunins directs an intensive HIV Prevention Program (Project GROW) targeted at substance-using women. In her role as the Residency Program Director, she organizes curricula and clinical experiences to prepare trainees to care for urban, vulnerable populations. Her research interests include integrating treatment of opioid dependence into HIV and primary care.

Committees and Organizations:
  • Member, Medical Advisory Panel, New York State Office on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (2004-present)
  • Associate Editor, Alcohol and Other Drugs: Current Evidence (2009-present)
  • Co-Chair, 2011 Annual Meeting, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse
  • Technical Consultant, Pregnancy Drug Addiction and HIV - Service Provision for Mother and Child in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNICEF Office for Central and Eastern Europe (2009)
  • Member, Technical Writing Committee, Clinical Protocol on HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care for Injecting Drug Users, Western Pacific and Southeast Asian Regions, World Health Organization (2006)
Honors and Awards:
  • Best Abstract in Curriculum/Program Award, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (2010)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (2009)
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, Residency Program in Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine (2004)
  • Swarthmore College, BA in Religion (1985)
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD
  • Columbia University, School of Public Health, MPH
  • Montefiore Medical Center, Residency in Internal Medicine (1996-1999)
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Clinical Addiction, Research and Education Fellowship (2003-2005)
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Master’s of Clinical Research (2005)
Selected Publications:
  1. Sohler NL, Li X, Kunins HV, Sacajiu G, et al. Home- versus office-based buprenorphine inductions for opioid-dependent patients. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2010;38:153-159.
  2. Whitley SD, Sohler NL, Kunins HV, et al. Factors associated with complicated buprenorphine inductions. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2010;39:51-57.
  3. Kunins HV, Sohler NL, Roose RJ, Cunningham CO. HIV provider endorsement of primary care buprenorphine treatment: a vignette study. Fam Med. 2009;41:722-728.
  4. Roose RJ, Kunins HV, Sohler NL, Elam RT, Cunningham CO. Nurse practitioner and physician assistant interest in prescribing buprenorphine. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2008;34:456-459.
  5. Kunins HV, Bellin E, Chazotte C, Du E, Arnsten JH. The effect of race on provider decisions to test for illicit drug use in the peripartum setting. J Womens Health. 2007;16:245-255.
  6. Kunins H, Gilbert L, Whyte-Etere A, Meissner P, Zachary M. Substance abuse treatment staff perceptions of intimate partner victimization among female clients. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2007;39:251-257.
  7. Cunningham CO, Kunins HV, Roose RJ, Elam RT, Sohler NL. Barriers to obtaining waivers to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid addiction treatment among HIV physicians. J Gen Intern Med. 2007;22:1325-1329.
  8. Whitley SD, Kunins HV, Arnsten JH, Gourevitch MN. Colocating buprenorphine with methadone maintenance and outpatient chemical dependency services. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2007;33:85-90.
  9. Cunningham CO, Sohler NL, McCoy K, Kunins HV. Attending physicians' and residents' attitudes and beliefs about prescribing buprenorphine at an urban teaching hospital. Fam Med. 2006;38:336-340.
  10. Kunins HV, Howard AA, Klein RS, et al. Validity of a self-reported history of a positive tuberculin skin test. A prospective study of drug users. J Gen Intern Med. 2004;19:1039-1044.