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Opioids, Pain and Substance Use Disorders Specialist Panel

Jacob Harris, MD

Jacob Harris, MD, currently serves as psychiatry and addiction medicine specialist at the Boise VA Medical Center. As Medical Director of the Residential Substance Use Program, Dr. Harris is committed to helping those living with substance and opioid use disorders. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Preventative Medicine.  

Dr. Harris is an Idaho WWAMI graduate and received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine before completing a combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. In addition to being an award-winning lecturer, he also helps lead Idaho’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship, designed to allow medical residents the chance to gain experience working with patients who have opioid and substance use disorders.

Jacob Harris, MD

Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Specialist, Boise VA

Jacob Harris

Brenda Hoyt, NP

Bio coming soon.

Brenda Hoyt, NP

Nurse Practitioner, Raise the Bottom Idaho

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Amy Jeppesen, LCSW

Bio coming soon.

Amy Jeppesen, LCSW

Social Worker, Trivium Life Services

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Cathy Oliphant, PharmD

Cathy Oliphant is Professor and Co-Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Science at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, as well as the Rho Chi and Generation Rx advisor. She earned her PharmD degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and completed a residency and fellowship in infectious diseases/microbiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining the faculty at ISU College of Pharmacy in 2003, Cathy taught for seven years at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy.

She currently maintains a practice site at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise and Meridian where she works with Internal Medicine physicians, hospitalists and infectious disease physicians, and precepts students on medicine, infectious diseases, and academic APPEs. Her research interests include infectious diseases and prescription drug abuse issues.

Cathy Oliphant, PharmD

Pharmacist, Professor and Co-Chair, ISU College of Pharmacy

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Todd Palmer, MD

Bio coming soon.

Todd Palmer, MD

FMRI Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director, FMRI Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Director, Assistant Professor in Family Medicine, University of Washington

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Richard Runyan, MD

Dr. Runyan has a Bachelor’s from BYU – Idaho and earned his M.D. at the nationally-ranked University of Washington School of Medicine. After medical school, he attended the University of Utah and world-renowned Huntsman Cancer Hospital to complete his anesthesiology residency and interventional pain medicine fellowship. Dr. Runyan has the highest level of training possible for a pain specialist, is board certified in both anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine and relies on a multidisciplinary approach to treat patients.

Originally from Colorado, he is committed to service and served a mission for his church in French Polynesia, where he became fluent in both the French and Tahitian languages. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, skiing, sports and being in the outdoors.

Richard Runyan, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist, Pain and Spine Specialists of Idaho

Richard Runyon

Addiction Medicine Fellows

The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) and the Boise VA Medical Center have partnered to establish a year-long addiction medicine fellowship that provides specialty training to physicians interested in this field. The fellowship is open to a number of specialties including family medicine, psychiatry and internal medicine.

ECHO Idaho is proud to work in concert with FMRI and the Boise VA Medical Center to host these accomplished fellows on our Opioid, Pain and Substance Use Disorder specialist panel.

The fellows receive broad experience in diagnosing and treating addiction. They work directly with patients with alcohol, methamphetamine and opioid use disorders in inpatient and out-patient settings and are exposed to a variety of counseling techniques. The fellows will be board certified in addiction medicine once the fellowship is successfully completed. This year’s fellows include:

Jeremy Blanchard, MD, MPH, PhD, Addiction Medicine Fellow

Jeremy Blanchard, MD, MPH, PhD, received his Masters in Public Health from Yale University in New Haven, CT; his Doctor of Medicine from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN and his PhD in Population Health Sciences from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. As a physician scientist, his goal is to bridge the gap between economic research and durable, salient policy. He is specifically interested in health economics as they apply to economic mobility, addiction and chronic pain outcomes, maternal and child health, gender and racial equity and infectious disease epidemiology. Dr. Blanchard currently works as a policy advisor and program evaluator with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and serves on the core faculty at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Boise.

Jeremy Blanchard, MD, MPH, PhD, Addiction Medicine Fellow

University of Washington, Boise Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Jeremy Blanchard

Derek Hayton, DO, Addiction Medicine Fellow

Bio coming soon.

Derek Hayton, DO, Addiction Medicine Fellow

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Boise Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Nari Hsiu, DO, Addiction Medicine Fellow

Dr. Nari Hsiu is originally from Tacoma, WA and is a graduate of the University of Washington. She obtained her osteopathic medical degree at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, WA. She completed psychiatry residency training at the University of Washington, Idaho Advanced Clinician Track. Following completion of the fellowship program, Dr. Hsiu plans to pursue a career in community psychiatry and addiction medicine here in Idaho. She is excited and honored to participate in ECHO Idaho.

Nari Hsiu, DO, Addiction Medicine Fellow

University of Washington, Boise Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Nari Hsiu

Contact Project ECHO

Physical Address:

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street, Ste. 222
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4698

Fax: 208-364-3178

Email: echoidaho@uidaho.edu