Physician Education: Bridging Clinical Research and Patient Care

Faculty Profile

Professor of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Topics of Professional Interest:
  • Alcohol and substance abuse in a primary care setting
Current Professional Summary:

Dr O'Connor is a general internist in the Section of General Medicine of the Department of Internal Medicine and a Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine specializing in addiction. Currently, Dr O'Connor is Chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine at Yale and Co-Chief of the Generalist Firm at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has focused his scholarly work on the interface between primary care and substance abuse. This has included research examining the transfer of substance abuse treatment strategies from "specialty" settings to primary care settings. His publications in this area include studies on the management of opioid withdrawal in primary care settings, opioid maintenance in primary care, and the use of naltrexsone for treating alcohol dependence in primary care patients. He has been active in medical education on substance abuse both nationally and internationally.

Committees and Organizations:
  • Contributing Editor, Substance Abuse
  • Senior Medical Editor, Cortlandt Forum
  • Chair, Publications Committee, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse
  • Co-Chair, Society of General Internal Medicine, New England Region
  • Associate Editor, The Journal of General Internal Medicine (2002)
Honors and Awards:
  • New York State Regents Scholar, Union College, The Albany Medical College
  • Magna Cum Laude, Union College, The Albany Medical College
  • The Commissioner's AIDS Leadership Award, Central Medical Unit, State of Connecticut Department of Public Health (1991)
  • Union College, BS (1974-1978)
  • The Albany Medical College, MD (1978-1982)
  • Yale University School of Medicine (1986-1988)
Selected Publications:
  1. O'Connor PG, Fiellin DA. Pharmacologic treatment of heroin-dependent patients. Ann Intern Med. 2000;133:40-54.
  2. Fiellin DA, Reid MC, O'Connor PG. Screening for alcohol problems in primary care: a systematic review. Arch Intern Med. 2000;160:1977-1989.
  3. O'Connor PG. Treating opioid dependence–new data and new opportunities. N Engl J Med. 2000;343:1332-1334.
  4. O'Connor PG. Primary care setting. In: Zernig G, Saria A, Kurz M, O'Malley SS, eds. Handbook of Alcoholism. New York, NY: CRC Press; 2000:165-172.
  5. Fiellin DA, Storti SA, Schottenfeld RS, Biscoe JD, Pantalon MV, O'Connor PG. Methadone Medical Maintenance: A Training and Resource Guide for Office-Based Physicians. Washington, DC. 2000.
  6. O'Connor PG. Treating opioid dependence—new data and new opportunities [editorial]. N Engl J Med. 2000;343:1332-1334.
  7. O'Connor PG, Samet JH. A call for papers. Substance abuse: innovations in primary care. J Gen Intern Med. 2001;16:70-71.
  8. Carroll KM, Ball SA, Nich C, O'Connor PG, Eagan DA, Frankforter TL, Triffleman EG, Shi J, Rounsaville BJ. Targeting behavioral therapies to enhance naltrexone treatment of opioid dependence: efficacy of contingency management and significant other involvement. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2001;58:755-761.
  9. O'Connor PG. Prescription opioid abuse and potential role of office-based opioid maintenance treatment in integrating medical and substance abuse care. Topics in HIV Medicine. 2001;9:10-14.
  10. Fiellin DA, O'Connor PG, Chawarski M, Pakes JP, Pantalon MV, Schottenfeld RS. Methadone maintenance in primary care: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2001;286:1724-1731.