About Us

Biography - Yngvild K. Olsen, MD, MPH, FASAM

OlsenYngvild-wwwDr. Yngvild Olsen graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1997, from the residency training program in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center in 2000, and from the Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2001. From July 2000 through June 2001, she served as Primary Care Chief Resident at Boston Medical Center. During her fellowship, she received a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Olsen currently serves as Medical Director of the Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc/REACH Health Services in Baltimore City. This is an outpatient substance use disorder treatment program that provides a broad range of services and includes a health home.

She has previously served as the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for the Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, where she played a central role in the expansion of buprenorphine treatment for opioid addiction in both the treatment and medical systems. She also has served as the Deputy Health Officer for the Harford County Health Department, where she oversaw local substance use treatment services, and as the Medical Director for the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s outpatient substance use treatment services.

Dr. Olsen has written and lectured extensively on opioid use disorder and its treatments. She has published in numerous journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of Addictive Diseases, on such topics as smoking in substance use treatment programs, the public health impact of buprenorphine treatment expansion, the stigma associated with medication-assisted treatment, and the dual challenges of pain treatment and addiction.

As an addiction medicine specialist trained in internal medicine, she teaches appropriate opioid prescribing to primary care physicians and instructs on medical co-occurring conditions to psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers.

Dr. Olsen currently serves as an At-Large-Member to the ASAM Board of Directors and as Chair of ASAM’s Public Policy Committee. She is the Immediate Past President of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine, Immediate Past President of the Maryland Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, and a Board member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-MD (NCADD-MD).