Dr. Fields received his M.D. degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2013, completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Rochester in 2016, and was the first fellow to graduate from the Combined Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the University of Rochester in 2017.
He works as a Board-Certified Emergency Physician with the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group. He is also a Board-Certified Addiction Medicine physician serving as Medical Director of outpatient Chemical Dependency Services at Delphi Rise, an independent community-based addiction treatment program. In his role as an Emergency Physician, Dr. Fields evaluates and treats people experiencing acute life and limb threatening illnesses, trauma, intoxication & overdose, and many other acute issues. It was in this role that he was first exposed to those struggling with addiction. In order to try to improve the care of this vulnerable patient population, following his graduation of residency in 2016, he completed an Addiction Medicine fellowship, graduating in 2017.
His research during residency and fellowship focused on the implementation of addiction treatment during acute medical hospitalization. These hospitalizations frequently include weeks-to-months of confinement for IV antibiotics for infections of heart valves, bones, and spinal cords. He has published and presented on topics including substance abuse in pregnancy, SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), the opioid epidemic, medication assisted treatment (MAT), medical marijuana, intoxication & withdrawal, addiction medicine as a medical specialty, and incorporation of addiction treatment into other fields of medicine.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Society of Addiction Medicine since March of 2018. He is also involved in a FLPPS grant through the University of Rochester, expanding accessibility of MAT for OUD by training Emergency Physicians in the basics of addiction treatment and how to safely prescribe buprenorphine for those in acute opioid withdrawal. Throughout the year he lectures to groups of medical students and residents from the University of Rochester on addiction treatment, and offers informal guidance to those interested in pursuing addiction treatment as part of their career path.