Director, Center for Multi-System Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Assistant Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Population Behavioral Health, Rush University Medical Center
Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH is the Director of the Center for Multi-System Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic at AIR. With more than 6 years of experience working on opioid-related epidemiology, policy, public health intervention/evaluation, and serving directly as a treatment provider, she leads the Center’s work in research, policy, and practice. Dr. Salisbury-Afshar is board-certified in family medicine, preventive medicine/public health, and addiction medicine and her expertise lies at the intersection of these fields.
Dr. Salisbury-Afshar previously served as the Medical Director of Behavioral Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health, where she developed the Department’s strategy to address the opioid crisis, helped to standardize the way opioid-related morbidity and mortality was tracked and reported, developed provider education collaboratives to increase access to medications for addiction treatment (MAT), and supported expansion of naloxone access through funding and educational initiatives. She also has more than 9 years of experience working clinically in federally qualified health centers, providing direct patient care in both primary care and addiction medicine. She continues to work at Heartland Alliance Health, a healthcare for the homeless provider in Chicago, on a part-time basis and provides primary care and addiction treatment services.
Wednesday, April 24
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM