Elizabeth Ryan

Dr. Ryan is a family physician and associate medical director at REACH Medical, PLLC in Ithaca, NY—a low-threshold, harm reduction practice serving historically excluded or vulnerable populations, including those who use or have used drugs. She is adjunct faculty at SUNY Upstate School of Medicine, serves on the Public Health Commission for the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, and leads the primary care program at REACH. She grew up in Ithaca, where she now lives with her husband and two young children.

Telehealth Must Stay After COVID-19 to Save Our Patients From Overdose

March 2020. The stakes were enormous and the urgency acute: 1,000 of our patients were about to be pushed into…

June 9, 2020

Ugly Disparities Among My Patients Demand Marijuana Racial Justice

As a doctor in a harm reduction clinic, the racist applications of our marijuana laws are regularly apparent to me.…

December 12, 2018

In Healthcare, Urine Screens for Drugs Are Routinely Used to Justify Cruelty

Jed* is 42, with an athletic build, a finely striped button-down and soft, worried eyes that meet mine reluctantly. I’m…

November 5, 2018

“More Like Retail Than Healing”—Can the Opioid Crisis Bring Health Equity to Our Medical System?

Fifteen years ago, with an EMT colleague and an armed police officer, I arrived as a novice 25-year-old paramedic to…

September 30, 2018