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Dr. Lipi Roy is an internal medicine physician board certified in addiction medicine, and serves as clinical assistant professor at NYU Langone Health. As the former Chief of Addiction Medicine for New York City jails including Rikers Island, Dr. Roy coordinated substance use treatment and recovery efforts at the nation’s 2nd-largest jail complex. Previously, she was a primary care doctor to Boston’s vulnerable homeless population among whom the leading cause of death was drug overdose. She was also an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and faculty at Harvard Medical School where she taught Clinical Nutrition and The Healer’s Art for five years. Dr. Roy completed her medical and master’s in public health degrees at Tulane University in New Orleans, followed by residency training in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Roy is a strong advocate for public service. In addition to caring for incarcerated and homeless men and women, she has served the underserved in Nicaragua and India, as well as New Orleans residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Roy has also provided medical relief to earthquake victims in Haiti, and volunteered in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon.

Dr. Roy is a sought-after, charismatic public speaker whose mission is to 
educate and empower the public to make healthy decisions through nutrition, mindfulness and addiction awareness. A Forbes contributor, she has appeared on CNN, Dr. Oz, Charlie Rose and CBS New York. Her articles have also been published in STAT and The Huffington Post; and she has been featured in The New York Times, Boston GlobeWall Street Journal, Cooking Light and Dr. Roy shares her expertise on addiction, cooking and mindfulness on her website/blog (, her YouTube Channel and her newsletter (From Pain to Purpose). She can be followed on Twitter Facebook and Instagram.


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1992 – 1996    Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology & Biotech)                                                             McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada                            

1996 – 1998    Master of Science (Physiology – Neuroscience)                                                                     University Of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada                 

2004 – 2008    Doctor of Medicine (Dual MD/MPH degree program)                                                           Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA                 

2004 – 2008    Master of Public Health (International Health track)                                                             Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA                   

Clinical Training & Certifications

2008 – 2009    Internal Medicine – Internship
                        Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

2009 – 2011    Internal Medicine – Residency
                        Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

2015                Board Certification in Addiction Medicine

Employment/Research Experience

2017 – Present    NY State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services                                                 Kingsboro Addiction Treatment Center, Brooklyn, NY

  • Coordinated and streamlined admissions/intake process
  • Reviewed medical and nursing protocols/policies (detox, first aid, infection control)
  • Led monthly Physician Meetings
  • Led regular staff educational programs2016 – 2017    NYC Health + Hospitals, New York, NY
    Chief of Addiction Medicine, Correctional Health Services
  • Led efforts in, and expansion of, substance use treatment and recovery services including the opioid treatment (“KEEP”) and behavioral therapy (A Road Not Taken) programs
  • Collaborated in an interdisciplinary manner with multiple services including Medicine, Mental Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, Transitional Health Care Coordination/Reentry Team, IT, Department of Correction (DOC)
  • Created and implemented widespread addiction education and training curriculum to clinical and non-clinical staff, as well as DOC staff
  • Collaborated with academic, health care, government and community partners to collectively address the opioid epidemic
  • Strategized effective substance use policies and programs to address prevention, treatment and maintenance in recovery at city, state and national levels (including monthly “RxStat” meetings with the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area [HIDTA] task force)2011 – 2016   Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston, MA                                                Staff Physician, Addiction Specialist
  • Treated acute and chronic medical conditions of Boston’s homeless population in context of complex psychosocial setting
  • Provided primary care at various outpatient settings including hospitals, homeless shelter-based clinics and a medical respite facility (Barbara McInnis House)
  • Facilitated access to various social services, e.g. housing, legal, disability income
  • Received specialized training in addiction medicine, buprenorphine (Suboxone) prescribing, chronic pain management, mindfulness practices, trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, and management of aggressive behavior
  • Supervised nurse practitioners and physician assistants
  • Mentored medical students and residents
  • Co-Chaired the Wellness Committee: implemented multiple programs to reduce obesity (e.g. trained AmeriCorps volunteers to run weekly Nutrition Support “Healthy Me” groups; coordinated high-veg, low-carb meals with respite chef; initiated weekly Mindfulness groups; worked with BMC Demo Kitchen chef, Tracey Burg)2011 – 2016    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
                          MGH Site Medical Director
  • Provided outpatient medical care to homeless population at MGH
  • Organized and led regular site meetings; facilitated communication between MGH Medical Walk-In Unit and BHCHP; facilitated communication with MGH Emergency Department to optimize care for ‘high utilizer’ homeless patients
  • Interacted closely with the inpatient Addiction Consult Team, as well as the Bridge Clinic and Recovery Coaches in order to provide high-quality care to patients using substances
  • Attended at Bigelow Teaching Service: supervised medicine house staff and Harvard medical students while overseeing care of high-volume ward of complex patients
  • Participated regularly in educational programs including weekly General Medicine Division Grand Rounds and Stoeckle Center Schwartz Primary Care discussions
  • Mentored medical students and residents, supervised nurse practitioners and physician assistants
                         MGH Medical Walk-In Unit Physician
  • Provided acute care in high-volume urgent care setting

Academic Appointments

2011 – 2016   Instructor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

2011 – 2016   Instructor of Medicine, Division of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine

2017 – Present   Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
NYU School of Medicine