Dr. Howard Kornfeld

Howard Kornfeld, MD

Founder & Medical Director

Dr. Howard Kornfeld is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Medicine and teaches at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine’s Pain Fellowship Program as a member of the clinical faculty. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is board certified in pain, addiction, and emergency medicine.

Dr. Kornfeld is a nationally recognized leader in the utilization of buprenorphine (also known as Suboxone) for pain as well as addiction and is particularly skilled in the assessment and treatment of opiate and other chemical dependencies, chronic pain, and problems with alcohol. He is also widely known for his expertise in treating patients with complex benzodiazepine and sleeping pill difficulties (Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta, and others). Dr. Kornfeld developed his treatment approach into the Recovery Without Walls model and built a practice around it in collaboration with Inna Zelikman, PMH-NP.

In addition to his work with Recovery Without Walls, Dr. Kornfeld is active in national discussions and community outreach around accessible chronic pain treatment. In 2011, Dr. Kornfeld founded the Alameda Health Systems Pain Management and Functional Restoration Clinic (PMFRC). At the PMFRC, Dr. Kornfeld took the Recovery Without Walls pain treatment model and successfully adapted it for a low income population and a safety net institution. Recently, Dr. Kornfeld has been working with practitioners and facilities in Marin County as well as insurers to improve the availability of buprenorphine treatment for pain for all members of society.

Dr. Kornfeld has presented his work involving innovations in buprenorphine treatment at the annual conference of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the California Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Kornfeld admits patients as a member of the active staff at Marin General Hospital.

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