The MATTERS Network is a program designed to aid healthcare providers in the treatment of patients with opioid use disorder. We provide a model for Emergency Department Initiated Buprenorphine Programs in addition to providing rapid, reliable referrals to community-based clinics for patients upon discharge. We have partnered with New York State Department of Health to create a unique and efficient online referral system to link patients to treatment. Contact us to learn more. Not a healthcare provider? Please click here to access the community resource page.

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Fighting the battle on opioid use disorder nationwide

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Who We Are

Joshua Lynch, DO, EMT-P, FACEP

Founder and Medical Director



Faculty Biography

Dr. Lynch is an emergency physician and EMS medical director from Buffalo, NY. He is a senior physician with UB|MD Emergency Medicine and holds faculty appointments at the University at Buffalo and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Lynch has spent over a decade in EMS leadership and several years as the system medical director at Mercy Flight of WNY (aeromedical and critical care transport).

Dr. Lynch is the creator of Buffalo MATTERS and the MATTERS Network.   These programs work to provide efficient buprenorphine training to emergency physicians and create linkages between the hospital and substance use treatment programs.  He serves as a technical advisor for the Erie County and New York State Departments of Health.  He and his team are proud to have received nearly $500,000 in grant funding to support the MATTERS programs and widely expand access to high-quality addictions care.

Brian Clemency, DO, MBA, FACEP, FAEMS

Director of Research and External Funding



Faculty Biography

Dr. Clemency has been involved in emergency care for nearly 20 years, beginning his career as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. Dr. Clemency completed both medical school and an MBA in health care administration in 4 years, before coming to Buffalo to continue his medical education. He is double boarded in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Clemency has become a local, regional and national leader in prehospital care, education and research. Dr. Clemency has authored over 30 peer reviewed publications, including 3 on the topic of opioid overdose.  Dr. Clemency is the Research Director and oversees external funding.

Michael O’Brien, MD, FACEP, CCEMT-P

Buprenorphine Education Specialist


Dr. O‘Brien is a veteran critical care paramedic, EMS educator, and EMS physician. His clinical practice is split between shifts in the Emergency Department and operational medicine. He provides medical direction to Erie Community College‘s EMS training programs and the Niagara County Sheriff‘s Office Emergency Response Team. Additionally, he is a Medical Director and Flight Physician for Mercy Flight of Western New York.

Dr. O‘Brien‘s research interests center around extracorporeal life support (ECLS) and prehospital resuscitation. He and his colleagues in the Department of Emergency Medicine‘s EMS Division are currently working to enhance cardiac arrest survival in the City of Buffalo and its surrounding communities. He is a frequent speaker on topics such as out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, operational/austere medicine, and the ethics of emergency care. He is double board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. He serves on national committees with both the National Association of EMS Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Caleigh Loughran

Program Coordinator


Caleigh Loughran recently completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University at Buffalo. While pursuing her degree, Caleigh gained experience in the medical field working as an ER tech, a research assistant on a clinical research program and as a nursing assistant. She also has a love for travel and studied in Barcelona, Spain as well as volunteered in a medical clinic in Antigua, Guatemala. Caleigh plans to continue her education to become a physician assistant.

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Latest News

March 12, 2020

MATTERS to Expand to Oneida Region

This past week, key individuals involved in the expansion of the MATTERS program convened in Utica, NY. Discussion was centralized around the implementation of the program in the Oneida region…
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My time in government showed me that anyone can have a good idea, but operationalizing it in a sustainable & meaningful way is a whole other ballgame. Proud of NYS for this major move on parity. Feels amazing to see work we started move the dial towards equitable access for all.


#ICYMI: @NYGovCuomo announces #NYDFS proposes new regulation that will require insurers to implement #mentalhealth and substance use disorder parity compliance program. Read more -->

Fellow U.S. ER docs - not sure what it’s like where you are, but if today’s Monday evening shift was any indication, this is going to be long, hard summer, and and I can’t even imagine what fall and winter will be like

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How to Get Help

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