About Dr. Roy

Dr. Roy speaking at the Agents of Change Summit, San Diego, February 2018.

Dr. Roy feels extraordinarily fortunate to learn from and work with dedicated professors at McMaster University and University of Toronto; exceptional medical faculty at Tulane University and Duke Medical Center; compassionate nurses at homeless shelter clinics; world-class leaders at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and brave substance use counselors at Rikers Island jail complex.

But Dr. Roy’s *greatest* teachers have been her patients. Over the course of thousands of clinical visits, she has had the privilege of listening to their stories of hardship and heroism, of tragedy and triumph, of RESILIENCE. These richly diverse and transformative experiences in addiction, homeless health, correctional medicine and global health (Nicaragua, India, Haiti) have inspired her to share her knowledge with all of YOU!

Born in Toronto to Indian immigrants, Dr. Roy’s parents instilled in her key values that have shaped her into the person she is today: integrity, hard work, compassion and respect for people from all walks of life.

Dr. Roy with her mother and father, after speaking at the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, Las Vegas, May 2018.

Dr. Roy is an internal medicine physician board certified in addiction medicine and a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Population Health, NYU Langone Health. In her role as Chief of Addiction Medicine at New York City jails including Rikers Island, Dr. Roy coordinated substance use treatment and recovery efforts in the United State’s 2nd-largest jail system. Previously, she was a primary care doctor to Boston’s vulnerable homeless population in whom the leading cause of death was drug overdose. She also served as an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She completed her medical and master’s in public health degrees at Tulane University School of Medicine, followed by residency training in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Roy provides care to locals in Port-au-Prince affected by the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti.

Dr. Roy has always been a strong advocate for public service. In addition to caring for incarcerated and homeless men and women, she served the underserved in Nicaragua and India, as well as New Orleans residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. She also provided medical relief to earthquake victims in Haiti, and volunteered in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon.

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