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Stefan Kertesz, M.D.

Addiction • Opioids and drug policy • Access to quality medical care for homeless, underserved populations

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kertesz experts 2017Stefan Kertesz, M.D.

Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine

Division of Preventive Medicine



Areas of expertise:

  • Opioids use
  • Addiction treatment
  • Opioid and drug policy
  • Access to quality addiction/medical care for homeless and other underserved populations
  • Development of health professionals to address unmet health needs among disadvantaged populations
  • Natural history and consequences of substance misuse in adults



Kertesz, certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine, has a 22-year history of delivering primary care for vulnerable populations such as the homeless, and an 18-year history of research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Veterans Administration on care and services for problems of addiction and drug use. An addiction scholar, Kertesz serves on multiple task forces and teams related to opioid safety. He also led a national petition that resulted in major changes to a planned policy set up by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.



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