Leslie Suen, MD, MAS

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address2540 23rd Street, #4606
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone628-206-6007
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    UCSF2022Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
    UCSF2022National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) VA Scholar
    UCSF2020Stimulating Access to Research in Residency Program (StARR)
    UCSF2019UC Primary Care General Internal Medicine Residency (UCPC)
    UCSFM.D.2016Medicine

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    Dr. Leslie Suen (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. She is also affiliate faculty at the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and the UCSF Partnerships for Research in Implementation Science for Equity (PRISE) Center. Dr. Suen works as a primary care and addiction medicine physician and health services researcher. Her research focuses on using implementation science to improve health systems, policies, and outcomes for people with substance use disorders.

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    1. Withdrawal during outpatient low dose buprenorphine initiation in people who use fentanyl: a retrospective cohort study. Harm Reduct J. 2024 Apr 09; 21(1):80. Jones BLH, Geier M, Neuhaus J, Coffin PO, Snyder HR, Soran CS, Knight KR, Suen LW. PMID: 38594721; PMCID: PMC11005253.
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    2. Radical hospitality: Innovative programming to build community and meet the needs of people who use drugs at a government-sanctioned overdose prevention site in San Francisco, California. Int J Drug Policy. 2024 Mar 15; 126:104366. Wenger LD, Morris T, Knight KR, Megerian CE, Davidson PJ, Suen LW, Majano V, Lambdin BH, Kral AH. PMID: 38492432.
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    3. Cannabis donation as a harm reduction strategy: a case study. Harm Reduct J. 2024 Mar 06; 21(1):58. Duhart Clarke SE, Victor G, Lynch P, Suen LW, Ray B. PMID: 38449029; PMCID: PMC10916026.
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    4. Patient and Staff Perspectives on the Impacts and Challenges of Hospital-Based Harm Reduction. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Feb 05; 7(2):e240229. Fraimow-Wong L, Martín M, Thomas L, Giuliano R, Nguyen OK, Knight K, Suen LW. PMID: 38386317; PMCID: PMC10884877.
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    5. Missed Opportunities: Substance Use Hotline Operator Uncertainty of State Buprenorphine Prescribing via Telemedicine. J Addict Med. 2024 Jan-Feb 01; 18(1):78-81. Haley DF, Agoos ER, Yarbrough CR, Suen LW, Beletsky L. PMID: 38126704; PMCID: PMC10873116.
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    6. Methamphetamine Toxicities and Clinical Management. NEJM Evid. 2023 Dec; 2(12):EVIDra2300160. Coffin PO, Suen LW. PMID: 38320504.
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    7. Implementing Heart Plus: Design and Early Results of a Novel Comanagement Clinic for Patients With Stimulant-associated Cardiomyopathy. J Card Fail. 2023 Nov 19. Davis JD, Bepo L, Suen LW, Mclaughlin MM, Adamo M, Abbs E, Lemke G, Azari S. PMID: 37984791.
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    8. Cocaine Use is Associated With Increased LVMI in Unstably Housed Women With Polysubstance Use. Subst Abus. 2023 10; 44(4):323-329. Ravi A, Vittinghoff E, Wu AHB, Suen LW, Coffin PO, Hsue P, Lynch KL, Win S, Kazi DS, Riley ED. PMID: 37830512.
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    9. "Get in and get out, get on with life": Patient and provider perspectives on methadone van implementation for opioid use disorder treatment. Int J Drug Policy. 2023 Nov; 121:104214. Suen LW, Steiger S, Shapiro B, Castellanos S, Joshi N, Lambdin BH, Knight KR. PMID: 37778132.
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    10. Impact of a high-volume overdose prevention site on social and drug disorder in surrounding areas in San Francisco. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2023 11 01; 252:110969. Davidson PJ, Wenger LD, Morris T, Majano V, Browne EN, Lambdin BH, Suen LW, Kral AH. PMID: 37748424.
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    11. Evaluating oxygen monitoring and administration during overdose responses at a sanctioned overdose prevention site in San Francisco, California: A mixed-methods study. Int J Drug Policy. 2023 Nov; 121:104165. Suen LW, Wenger LD, Morris T, Majano V, Davidson PJ, Browne EN, Ray B, Megerian CE, Lambdin BH, Kral AH. PMID: 37652815.
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    12. Telehealth Policy, Practice, and Education: a Position Statement of the Society of General Internal Medicine. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 08; 38(11):2613-2620. Chen A, Ayub MH, Mishuris RG, Rodriguez JA, Gwynn K, Lo MC, Noronha C, Henry TL, Jones D, Lee WW, Varma M, Cuevas E, Onumah C, Gupta R, Goodson J, Lu AD, Syed Q, Suen LW, Heiman E, Salhi BA, Khoong EC, Schmidt S. PMID: 37095331; PMCID: PMC10124932.
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    13. The Howard Street Method: A Community Pharmacy-led Low Dose Overlap Buprenorphine Initiation Protocol for Individuals Using Fentanyl. J Addict Med. 2023 Jul-Aug 01; 17(4):e255-e261. Noel M, Abbs E, Suen L, Samuel L, Dobbins S, Geier M, Soran CS. PMID: 37579105.
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    14. The Howard Street Method: A Community Pharmacy-Led Low Dose Overlap Buprenorphine Initiation Protocol for Individuals Using Fentanyl. J Addict Med. 2023 Feb 16. Noel M, Abbs E, Suen L, Samuel L, Dobbins S, Geier M, Soran CS. PMID: 36799873.
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    15. A Mixed-methods Evaluation of an Addiction/Cardiology Pilot Clinic With Contingency Management for Patients With Stimulant-associated Cardiomyopathy. J Addict Med. 2022 Dec 16. Leyde S, Abbs E, Suen LW, Martin M, Mitchell A, Davis J, Azari S. PMID: 36729467.
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    16. A Mixed-methods Evaluation of an Addiction/Cardiology Pilot Clinic With Contingency Management for Patients With Stimulant-associated Cardiomyopathy. J Addict Med. 2023 May-Jun 01; 17(3):312-318. Leyde S, Abbs E, Suen LW, Martin M, Mitchell A, Davis J, Azari S. PMID: 37267175; PMCID: PMC10242504.
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    17. Prevalence and factors associated with neck injection among people who inject drugs in San Francisco, California. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 Nov 02; 241:109686. Duhart Clarke SE, Megerian CE, Suen LW, Wenger LD, Lambdin BH, Davidson PJ, Kral AH. PMID: 36402050.
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    18. Triple Threat: Response to the Crises of COVID-19, Homelessness, and Opioid Use Disorder With a Novel Approach to Buprenorphine Delivery: A Case Series. J Addict Med. 2022 Nov-Dec 01; 16(6):733-735. Samuel L, Caygill-Walsh R, Suen LW, Mohebbi S, Geier M. PMID: 35245914; PMCID: PMC9653064.
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    19. Scoping review of managed alcohol programs. Harm Reduct J. 2022 07 25; 19(1):82. Smith-Bernardin SM, Suen LW, Barr-Walker J, Cuervo IA, Handley MA. PMID: 35879719; PMCID: PMC9311344.
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    20. A Seat at the Table. Acad Med. 2022 07 01; 97(7):952-953. Suen LW. PMID: 34732648.
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    21. Structural Adaptations to Methadone Maintenance Treatment and Take-Home Dosing for Opioid Use Disorder in the Era of COVID-19. Am J Public Health. 2022 04; 112(S2):S112-S116. Suen LW, Coe WH, Wyatt JP, Adams ZM, Gandhi M, Batchelor HM, Castellanos S, Joshi N, Satterwhite S, Pérez-Rodríguez R, Rodríguez-Guerra E, Albizu-Garcia CE, Knight KR, Jordan A. PMID: 35349324; PMCID: PMC8965183.
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    22. Federal and State Regulatory Changes to Methadone Take-Home Doses: Impact of Sociostructural Factors. Am J Public Health. 2022 04; 112(S2):S143-S146. Wyatt JP, Suen LW, Coe WH, Adams ZM, Gandhi M, Batchelor HM, Castellanos S, Joshi N, Satterwhite S, Pérez-Rodríguez R, Rodríguez-Guerra E, Albizu-Garcia CE, Knight KR, Jordan A. PMID: 35349318; PMCID: PMC8965186.
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    23. Rapid Overlap Initiation Protocol Using Low Dose Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in an Outpatient Setting: A Case Series. J Addict Med. 2022 Sep-Oct 01; 16(5):534-540. Suen LW, Lee TG, Silva M, Walton P, Coffin PO, Geier M, Soran CS. PMID: 35149614.
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    24. Emergency department visits and trends related to cocaine, psychostimulants, and opioids in the United States, 2008-2018. BMC Emerg Med. 2022 02 04; 22(1):19. Suen LW, Davy-Mendez T, LeSaint KT, Riley ED, Coffin PO. PMID: 35120449; PMCID: PMC8814795.
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    25. Effect of an Unsanctioned Safe Consumption Site in the United States on Syringe Sharing, Rushed Injections, and Isolated Injection Drug Use: A Longitudinal Cohort Analysis. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2022 02 01; 89(2):172-177. Suen LW, Davidson PJ, Browne EN, Lambdin BH, Wenger LD, Kral AH. PMID: 34723925.
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    26. Do Ask, Tell, and Show: Contextual Factors Affecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Disclosure for Sexual and Gender Minority People. LGBT Health. 2022 Feb-Mar; 9(2):73-80. Suen LW, Lunn MR, Sevelius JM, Flentje A, Capriotti MR, Lubensky ME, Hunt C, Weber S, Bahati M, Rescate A, Dastur Z, Obedin-Maliver J. PMID: 35073205; PMCID: PMC8968837.
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    27. Factors associated with smoking cessation attempts in a public, safety-net primary care system. Prev Med Rep. 2022 Apr; 26:101699. Suen LW, Rafferty H, Le T, Chung K, Straus E, Chen E, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 35145838; PMCID: PMC8802046.
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    28. Reduced Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalisation with Use of an Unsanctioned Safe Consumption Site for Injection Drug Use in the United States. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Nov; 37(15):3853-3860. Lambdin BH, Davidson PJ, Browne EN, Suen LW, Wenger LD, Kral AH. PMID: 35020166; PMCID: PMC8753940.
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    29. Transition from Oxycodone to Buprenorphine/Naloxone in a Hospitalized Patient with Sickle Cell Disease: A Case Report. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 04; 37(5):1281-1285. Leyde S, Suen L, Pratt L, DeFries T. PMID: 34993878; PMCID: PMC8971332.
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    30. System-Level Quality Improvement Initiatives for Tobacco Use in a Safety-Net Health System During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Prim Care Community Health. 2022 Jan-Dec; 13:21501319221107984. Chung K, Rafferty H, Suen LW, Vijayaraghavan M. PMID: 35748431; PMCID: PMC9234926.
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    31. "The idea is to help people achieve greater success and liberty": A qualitative study of expanded methadone take-home access in opioid use disorder treatment. Subst Abus. 2022; 43(1):1143-1150. Suen LW, Castellanos S, Joshi N, Satterwhite S, Knight KR. PMID: 35499469; PMCID: PMC9710250.
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    32. Factors Associated with Pain Treatment Satisfaction Among Patients with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and Substance Use. J Am Board Fam Med. 2021 Nov-Dec; 34(6):1082-1095. Suen LW, McMahan VM, Rowe C, Bhardwaj S, Knight K, Kushel MB, Santos GM, Coffin P. PMID: 34772764; PMCID: PMC8813175.
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    33. Improved syringe disposal practices associated with unsanctioned safe consumption site use: A cohort study of people who inject drugs in the United States. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 12 01; 229(Pt A):109075. Kral AH, Lambdin BH, Wenger LD, Browne EN, Suen LW, Davidson PJ. PMID: 34654588.
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    34. Non-fatal stimulant overdose among homeless and unstably housed women in San Francisco, California. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 11 01; 228:109085. Davy-Mendez T, Vittinghoff E, Dilworth SE, Suen LW, Braun C, Coffin PO, Satre DD, Riley ED. PMID: 34600248; PMCID: PMC8595709.
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    35. National Prevalence of Alcohol and Other Substance Use Disorders Among Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations: NHAMCS 2014-2018. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 08; 37(10):2420-2428. Suen LW, Makam AN, Snyder HR, Repplinger D, Kushel MB, Martin M, Nguyen OK. PMID: 34518978; PMCID: PMC8436853.
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    36. What Sexual and Gender Minority People Want Researchers to Know About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions: A Qualitative Study. Arch Sex Behav. 2020 10; 49(7):2301-2318. Suen LW, Lunn MR, Katuzny K, Finn S, Duncan L, Sevelius J, Flentje A, Capriotti MR, Lubensky ME, Hunt C, Weber S, Bibbins-Domingo K, Obedin-Maliver J. PMID: 32875381; PMCID: PMC7497435.
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    37. Thinking Outside the Visit: Primary Care Patient Perspectives on Helpful Advance Care Planning Methods. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 06; 35(6):1903-1905. Suen LW, Leyde S, Min K, Volow A, Rabow M, Sudore RL. PMID: 31654349; PMCID: PMC7280388.
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