Noah Nesin, MD, FAAFP, has been a family doctor in Maine since 1986, first in a private, solo practice and then in federally qualified health centers. He has served as Chief of Staff of Penobscot Valley Hospital; Medical Director of Health Access Network in Lincoln, ME; and Chief Quality Officer at Penobscot Community Heath Care (PCHC); and now serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs at PCHC. Throughout his career Dr. Nesin has led efforts in evidence-based prescribing practices and in practice transformation to improve efficiency and to use health care resources judiciously. Dr. Nesin has mentored physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical students, and Family Practice residents throughout his career.
Dr. Nesin serves as the chair of the Academic Detailing Advisory Committee, the body which oversees the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service; sits on the Advisory Committee for the Lunder Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine; is a member of the Prescription Monitoring Program Policy Advisory Group; and serves on the board of the Hanley Center. Dr. Nesin served on both the Opioid and Suboxone workgroups, organized the MaineCare Medical Director, to create a clinically meaningful implementation of the limits on these medications which were passed by the state legislature in 2012. Dr. Nesin is currently a member of the Steering Committee of Maine’s $33 million State Innovation Model grant, a co-founder of Maine Quality Counts’ Maine Chronic Pain Collaborative, and he led PCHC’s work as a partner with John Snow, Inc. in a 3-year Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grant funded project aimed at re-designing the primary care delivery team. Dr. Nesin appears regularly on local TV and radio in Bangor, ME and has appeared on both MPBN and on NPR’s All Things Considered discussing opioid prescribing and opioid addiction.