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Who We Are

Joshua Lynch, DO, EMT-P, FACEP

Founder and Medical Director

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

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.

John McNamara, D.O., FAAEM, FACEP

Buprenorphine Education Specialist

Dr. McNamara is an emergency physician and EMS medical director in Buffalo, NY. He currently practices at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, ECMC, and Buffalo General Medical Center. He serves as a medical director for several suburban fire departments within Erie and Niagara Counties.

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.
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.

Sample Process

Referral Process

The New York MATTERS referral process is completely electronic. A healthcare professional and the patient work together to complete the referral form in about 3-5 minutes. ZERO phone calls have to be made from the site of referral! Watch a live demonstration of how to complete a referral below.

News

Latest News

MATTERS Network
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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