Lauren Whiteside
Assistant Professor

Faculty Information


Dr. Whiteside is an emergency medicine physician with specialty training in health services and substance use research.  She strives to improve the care of vulnerable patients that use the ED through research that can change practice.  Her current research focuses on the intersection of emergency medicine, substance use, mental health and injury.  In August 2015 Lauren received a NIDA K23 entitled ‘A longitudinal collaborative care model for patients with prescription opioid misuse utilizing the Emergency Department for care’ which will adapt existing collaborative care models for the ED setting to specifically target prescription opioid misuse by decreasing care fragmentation thus improving transitions in care.  In 2017, she will serve as the site-PI for a multi-site trial funded by NIDA to evaluate the effectiveness and implementation of ED-initiation of buprenorphine for patients with opioid use disorder. Additionally, she has worked as a co-investigator in a PCORI-funded trial evaluating the effectiveness of collaborative care in acute care settings for PTSD and is currently a co-investigator for ‘Helping Individuals with Firearm Injuries’ which seeks to develop a longitudinal intervention for patients with gun-shot wounds.

Dr. Whiteside teaches the psychobehavioral emergencies module to the residents and assists with the evidence-based medicine curriculum.

Education & Training: 
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Internship and Residency, Emergency Medicine
University of Michigan Residency Program, University of Michigan/St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Research Fellowship
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA T32); Substance Abuse Division, Department of Psychiatry
MS, Health and Health Care Research
University of Michigan