Dr. Lello Tesema completed her internal medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance. She obtained her undergraduate degree with a major in Economics and minor in Religious Studies from Cornell University. She earned her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She served as a delegate to the Committee for Interns and Residents Union and was actively involved in an appeal to raise the hourly wage of the hospital security staff. Dr. Tesema also chaired a mentorship program between Mount Sinai medical students and high school juniors at Manhattan Science and Math high School in East Harlem who are interested in medical professions.
Dr. Tesema is interested in the substance abuse, social determinants of health, and health disparities. She has worked on two projects to gain a better understanding of barriers to treatment for opioid addiction: 1) an audit access to buprenorphine treatment in the state of Massachusetts 2) an evaluation of how opioid addiction and treatment is taught in residency programs in the United States. She presented her findings at the national American Public Health Association meeting in 2013 and regional and national 2014 SGIM national meeting.
As a Clinical Scholar, she is interested in pursuing a project to explore the effectiveness of screening for opioid disorders, brief interventions and referral to treatment in safety net settings in at risk communities. She is particularly interested in developing more effective interventions for former inmates with opioid addiction.