Dr. Julia Arnsten is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Population Health, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Chief of the Unified Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center. An expert in delivering effective medical care to vulnerable populations, Dr. Arnsten has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1998. Her central research interests are adherence with medication-taking, impact of substance use disorders on medical co-morbidity, neurocognitive functioning among persons with opioid use disorder, and medical cannabis. Her research has led to changes in how medical care is delivered to persons with substance use disorders and with chronic pain at Einstein and Montefiore through her own efforts, through working with faculty and fellows in the Division of General Internal Medicine, and through collaborations with faculty in many other fields.
Dr. Arnsten earned her M.D. from New York University School of Medicine, an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. She completed residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at New York University Medical Center-Bellevue Hospital, and fellowship training in General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Arnsten was the Founding Chief of the Einstein-Montefiore Division of General Internal Medicine in 2004, and since then has created a vibrant academic home for more than 65 General Internal Medicine faculty members. The faculty consist of 55 clinician-educators and 10 clinician-investigators who conduct research in a variety of fields, including substance abuse, HIV/HCV prevention and treatment, antiretroviral therapy adherence, hepatitis c treatment, tobacco cessation, treatment of chronic pain, medical education, medical cannabis, and patient outcomes and health services. Since the Division’s founding, its faculty members have been Principal Investigators on over 60 grants, representing over 100 million dollars in extramural funds.
Dr. Arnsten has served as a permanent member of two NIH study sections, as an ad hoc member to over three dozen other review panels, and as an editorial board member of both print and online journals (including the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Addiction). In 2007, Dr. Arnsten was selected as both Teacher of the Year and Mentor of the Year by Einstein’s Clinical Research Training Program students. She was also the 2007 winner of the Excellence in Mentorship award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), the 2009 winner of the Faculty Mentoring Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the 2015 winner of the Outstanding Division Chief Award from the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM). She has served as the primary or co-mentor to over 20 NIH career development awards, most focusing on clinical aspects of substance abuse and HIV or hepatitis C.