Daniel G. Tobin, MD, medical director of the Adult Primary Care Center at the Saint Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital, diagnoses and manages complex medical conditions in the inpatient and outpatient settings. He also studies the safe use of opioids for managing chronic pain and addiction, and has collaborated with leaders in Connecticut to promote education about the safe use of opioids for the management of chronic pain.
“Over the years, I have witnessed the severe distress patients with addiction and opioid misuse suffer from as well as the profound suffering caused by chronic pain,” says Dr. Tobin. “I have also witnessed doctors struggle with how to balance these risks and benefits of opioid use. I believe that there is a rational middle ground, and have been inspired to study and teach about this to help my patients, our society and my colleagues.”
Dr. Tobin, an assistant professor of medicine (general medicine) at Yale School of Medicine, says he is excited by the new pharmacological options available to manage complex disease effectively. “It has been very meaningful for me to travel across the United States and teach other physicians how to safely prescribe opioids and manage addiction,” he says. “My work with state legislators, discussions at public forums, radio interviews and publications have allowed me to help many people beyond the walls of my clinic.”