Sandeep Kapoor, MD
Sandeep Kapoor, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine and emergency medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and director of the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program at Northwell Health. Dr. Kapoor has worked toward strengthening the collaboration between the departments of Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry and Pediatrics to integrate protocols to universally address substance use within ambulatory, inpatient and emergency medicine settings. He leads an inter-professional, interdisciplinary team that has successfully implemented a patient-centric, team-based SBIRT program at multiple Northwell clinical locations, having administered more than 340,000 screens and 11,800 brief interventions since December 2013.
Focused on health professional pedagogy and to address an evident gap in traditional medical education, Dr. Kapoor’s team has developed and integrated a dynamic four-year longitudinal Addressing Substance Use curriculum revolving around early identification/intervention within the Zucker School of Medicine. His team has also established a curricular footprint in five residency training programs within Northwell, including Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Family Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Kapoor is on the faculty of the Medical Communications and Quality Improvement program at the Zucker School of Medicine, as well as the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Zucker Hillside Hospital.
As a member of the Northwell Health Opioid Management Steering Committee, which is charged to collate a community of solutions to address the prevalent opioid epidemic, Dr. Kapoor leads interdisciplinary efforts to unify system-wide substance use screening protocols, deliver workforce training, scale NAL-SAT (Naloxone Saturation Campaign), and develop strategies for community and employee engagement.
Dr. Kapoor is an active member of the Northwell Health Institutional Review Board, New York State OASAS SBIRT Policy Advisory Committee and on a number of NYS Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Behavioral Health and Primary Care committees. He serves as Northwell’s liaison with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and its partnering institution — the Center on Addiction.
Passionate about public speaking and writing, Dr. Kapoor recently delivered a TED-like talk titled, “Empathy: Back to Basics for Today’s Real World,” has authored a book chapter on screening/physical exam/health maintenance and penned three opinion pieces titled, “‘Angels in America’ again: It’s time to humanize addiction,” “The Power of Words: An Argument to Remove the Term ‘Addict’ from Our Vocabulary,” and "In the wake of the opioid epidemic, let’s not forget about alcohol."