On Tuesday, January 14th Dr. Jeffrey Weiss of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai presented on:
“Treating HCV in Persons with Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders”
Jeffrey J. Weiss, PhD, MS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Weiss is the Director of the Respectful & Equitable Access to Comprehensive Healthcare (REACH) Program in the Division of General Internal Medicine. REACH is a community outreach and primary care based harm reduction treatment program providing stigma-free care, including HCV treatment, to persons who use drugs. Dr. Weiss has worked for 28 years in the United States and Europe as a licensed clinical psychologist providing care to persons with infectious diseases; conducting research on behavioral interventions to improve their quality and length of life including strategies to improve medication and treatment adherence; and providing education and mentorship to medical providers and public health professionals. Dr. Weiss’s NIH-funded research studies led to the development of the open-access, web-based Psychosocial Readiness Evaluation and Preparation for hepatitis C treatment (PREP-C; prepc.org) assessment tool which has been accessed by over 1800 health care professionals from around the world and shown to improve rates of HCV treatment initiation among HIV/HCV co-infected persons. Dr. Weiss’s current research focuses on the intersection of HIV, HCV, and the opioid crisis and he serves as a co-Investigator on two HCV elimination studies in Kentucky.