Dr. Starrels is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, and teaching faculty in the Montefiore Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine training programs. She received her BA from Wesleyan University, where she majored in the Science in Society Program, and her MD from Jefferson Medical College. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible in Addiction Medicine. She completed a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a MS degree in Health Policy Research. Dr. Starrels is an NIH-funded researcher aiming to improve the safety and effectiveness of chronic pain management in primary care settings, through helping to advance evidence-based practice regarding use of opioid analgesics. Her educational activities include speaking about safer opioid prescribing at national and regional conferences, she co-directs the Pain Curriculum for the Montefiore Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine residency program, and she serves as consultant to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.