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Anna Lembke, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult) and, by courtesy, of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center
Bio Dr. Anna Lembke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. She is currently Associate Professor and Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also Program Director of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Lembke was one of the first in the medical community to sound the alarm regarding opioid overprescribing and the opioid epidemic. In 2016, she published her best-selling book on the prescription drug epidemic, "Drug Dealer, MD ? How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It?s So Hard to Stop" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). Her book was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018).
"Drug Dealer, MD" combines case studies with public policy, cultural anthropology, and neuroscience, to explore the complex relationship between doctors and patients around prescribing controlled drugs. It has had an impact on policy makers and legislators across the nation. Dr. Lembke has testified before Congress and consulted with governors and senators from Kentucky to Missouri to Nevada. She was a featured guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, MSNBC with Chris Hayes, and numerous other media broadcasts.
Using her public platform and her faculty position at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Lembke has developed multiple teaching programs on addiction and safe prescribing, as well as opioid tapering. She has held multiple leadership and mentorship positions and received the Stanford?s Chairman?s Award for Clinical Innovation, and the Stanford Departmental Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Lembke continues to educate policymakers and the public about causes of and solutions for the problem of addiction.
Look for her new book, "Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence" (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021).
Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Clinical Pharmacology of Anesthetics
Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Bio Dr. Leng is an anesthesiologist with fellowship training in regional anesthesiology. She treats patients primarily at the Hospital for Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto.
Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests - Intrathecal / Intraspinal Analgesics
- Ziconotide (Prialt)
- Industry-supported clinical trials
Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (Adult MSD) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Research Interests
I1. Care of the critically ill outside of the ICU
A. Development and evaluation of Medical Emergency Teams (aka. Rapid
B. Detecting deterioration of non-ICU patients
C. Cardiac arrest teams
II. Training for patient care crises -- emphasis on use of patient simulation methods
A. ICU team training
B. Simulation in medical student ICU education
C. Resuscitation skills for code blue and RRT responses
Theresa Lii, M.D.
Fellow in Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Bio Theresa Lii, M.D., is currently a pain medicine fellow at Stanford and is part of the Stanford Fellowship in Anesthesia Research (FARM) program. Her research interests include evaluating the effectiveness of opioid-sparing pharmacologic treatments as well as exploring the impact of rapid-acting psychiatric interventions for patients with acute and chronic pain.