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Buprenorphine for OUD and Chronic Pain

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This webinar will provide a framework for clinicians to address clinical scenarios regarding buprenorphine use. It will address the misconceptions and provide clinical recommendations on the appropriate use of buprenorphine for chronic pain, including conversion strategies for transitioning from a full opioid receptor agonist to buprenorphine. These recommendations should be used by health care providers seeking an alternative to Schedule II opioids.

Topics and Educational Objectives

  1. Review the pharmacology of buprenorphine and use in opioid use disorder (OUD) and pain.

  2. Review the legalities of prescribing buprenorphine for OUD and perceived obstacles.

  3. Empathize with patients taking buprenorphine for OUD.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to educate commission members, practitioners, medical regulatory staff, and the public.

Speaker Biographies

Greg Rudolf, MD, DFASAM

Dr. Rudolf practices pain medicine, addiction medicine, and medical acupuncture at Swedish Pain Services in Seattle.
Trained in family medicine, Dr. Rudolf approaches care of patients with chronic pain and/or SUDs from a holistic perspective, aiming to provide patient-centered, whole-person care. He is the current president of the WA Society of Addiction Medicine, the chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine Pain and Addiction Committee and serves on the clinical faculty of the UW School of Medicine.


A picture containing personDescription automatically generatedLisa B. Voltarelli, MD (she/her)

Dr. Voltarelli is a current fellow with the Swedish Addiction Medicine program in Seattle, Washington. She received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed residency at Swedish First Hill Family Medicine Residency. She is a proponent of integrating addiction care into primary care and all healthcare settings as part of whole-person care. She plans to continue to work caring for vulnerable populations in full spectrum family medicine and addiction medicine. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, exploring new cities and having fun in the outdoors.