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 New York MATTERS. This program works 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 over 1 million dollars in grant funding to support the MATTERS program and widely expand access to high-quality addictions care. The team is also greatly appreciative to our partners at the New York State Department of Health for the contributions to the electronic referral platform.

Brian Clemency, DO, MBA, FACEP, FAEMS

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & 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, FAEMS, NRP

DIRECTOR OF CONSULT SERVICES

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.

Renoj Varughese, MD

DIRECTOR OF TELEMEDICINE SERVICES

Dr. Varughese is an emergency physician and EMS medical director in Buffalo, NY. He currently practices at Buffalo General Hospital, ECMC and the Veterans Affairs WNY Hospital. His focus is on telemedicine and community paramedicine. He serves as the Telemedicine Director.

Caleigh Loughran

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Caleigh Loughran currently serves as program coordinator for New York MATTERS. She 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 a patient care technician in an emergency department, a nursing assistant, and as a research assistant on a clinical research program. Caleigh plans to continue her education and attend medical school.

Lucy Connery, MPH

ASSISTANT PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Lucy Connery came to Buffalo in 2015 to attend Daemen College, where she received her BS in Health Promotion, BA in Spanish, and her Master of Public Health degrees. Connery continued her career in public health at the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY, serving as Community Health Advocate, Associate Director, and Executive Director of the small non-profit. There, Connery launched multiple community health initiatives to promote regular physical activity, positive mental health practices, and improved quality of life in WNY. Currently, Lucy Connery works as Research/Outreach Coordinator in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Emergency Medicine, and serves as Co-Director of Partnerships and Sponsorships for the Youth Non-Profit Professional Network’s volunteer board of directors.

Regional Coordinators

Candace Ellis

CAPITAL REGION

Candace Ellis is the Director of Special Projects at Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services. Candace has been working in the health and human service fields for the last 20 years. Candace received her bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany in psychology, child development, and women’s studies. She then furthered her education by completing the Massage Therapy program at The Center for Natural Wellness in Albany, New York to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. Candace has completed additional training and certification in the provision of Trauma Informed Services. Candace lives in the Saratoga area with her husband and three children.

Jean-Marie Niebuhr, LCSW-R

DUTCHESS COUNTY

Jean-Marie Niebuhr is a clinical social worker with 20 years of experience working in the fields of Education, Mental Health and Public Health. Jean-Marie has worked in public, private and not-for-profit organizations in both clinical and administrative capacities. She has years of experience educating college students, law enforcement and professionals on data driven best practices. Currently, Jean-Marie is employed by the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health as the Director of Community Services. She chairs the Dutchess County Opioid Task Force and works to create innovative partnerships that aim to reduce the impact of unmet behavioral health needs on individuals, families, and the community. She also maintains a private practice focusing on harm reduction practices and the use of cognitive behavioral therapy to treat behavioral disorders. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her rescue pups, Ollie and Elmer.

Jared Henderson

ONEIDA COUNTY

Jared Henderson currently serves as Oneida Regional Coordinator for the New York MATTERS program. He graduated from Colgate University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Upon graduating, Jared worked as a Prevention Health Advocate at ACR Health, a non-profit, community based organization located in Utica that connects people who use drugs to treatment and other support services. In 2019, Jared joined the Oneida County Department of Mental Health, where he currently serves as Program Analyst and co-coordinator of the Oneida County Opioid Task Force.

NYSDOH Liaisons

Matthew Fallico, MSW

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HEALTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR
New York State Department of Health
AIDS Institute, Office of Drug user Health

Mr. Fallico is a Health Program Coordinator with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Office of Drug User Health. His main duties include providing technical assistance to incorporate buprenorphine prescribing more broadly, so that individuals have access to buprenorphine at a range of settings including primary care clinics, harm reduction programs, federally qualified health centers, correctional health facilities, emergency departments (EDs), OB/GYN settings, housing services, and other community-based organizations. Mr. Fallico also oversees operational tasks at state operated COVID-19 testing and vaccinations facilities in the downstate region. Prior to working for the NYSDOH, he was the Opioid Program Manager for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and oversaw implementation and program planning related to opioid prevention and treatment initiatives. Mr. Fallico received his Master’s in Social Work at Arizona State University with a concentration in program planning and community practice.