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Dr. Kimberly Sue to join Harm Reduction Coalition

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEDICAL DIRECTOR!

photo: Katie Yuen

Harm Reduction Coalition is proud to announce that Dr. Kimberly Sue will be joining us on July 2nd as the new Medical Director. Dr. Sue will be based in our New York City office where she will work closely with the Overdose Prevention and Treatment team, Bill Matthews, Physician Assistant and Bethany Medley, Opioid Program Manager. Dr. Sue will also work collaboratively with our national Capacity Building Services and Policy teams to serve as the medical expert in support of drug user health policies and programs.

Dr. Sue is a recent graduate of the Harvard Medical School’s Social Science MD-PhD Track (PhD, 2014, MD 2015). Her PhD work was in sociocultural (medical) anthropology where she studied the intersection of US prison systems, addiction policy, mental health and drug treatment. Dr. Sue’s ethnographic research was based in Massachusetts at the state women’s prison, a Boston jail, and a community-based buprenorphine treatment program, where she followed the experiences and treatment of women addicted to heroin through the prison and jail systems and back home or onto the streets. She recently finished her medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in Internal Medicine-Primary Care.

Harm Reduction Coalition’s Executive Director, Monique Tula, said, “Dr. Sue is coming on board at an exciting time as we are in the midst of strategic planning and expanding our menu of training, technical assistance and advocacy initiatives. As we embark on this new area of growth, Dr. Sue will play an important role in shaping these projects, drawing on her extensive background as a physician specializing in drug user health through a harm reduction lens.”

“I’m thrilled to join the amazing work going on at Harm Reduction Coalition in New York and across the country,” said Dr. Sue. “As a physician and a researcher, I hope to lead our communities towards evidence-based policies and practices based on principles of compassion and solidarity with people who use drugs and other structurally vulnerable communities.”

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