Dr. LaPietra is the current Medical Director of the Emergency Medicine Pain Management Program and the Fellowship Director of the Emergency Medicine Pain Management Fellowship at St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.
She is the founder and creator of the Alternatives to Opiates (ALTO SM) program and the newly formed Pain Management Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She is also a faculty member of the Emergency Medicine Residency at St. Joseph’s. She has been working closely with the Center for Disease Control, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physician, American College of Emergency Physician as well as legislators in Washington D.C. to assist in finding a solution to the prescription opioid crisis while promoting quality pain management.
Her passion is the research and development of opiate alternatives for the management of acute and chronic pain in the emergency department, and patient education regarding pain management and opioid abuse. She has been awarded the 2016 Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award from George Washington University Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research as well as the 2016 American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians Practice Innovation Award. Her work has been highlighted nationally in The Guardian, The D.O., MD Magazine, The Annals of Emergency Medicine, NPR, NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, Fox News, and CNN.
She attended Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine before commencing her residency in Emergency Medicine followed by an Emergency Medicine Pain Management Fellowship at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.