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Blake Fagan, MD, has been named Chair of Family Medicine at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), starting January 1, 2022. Dr. Fagan was selected after a rigorous national search process that recognized his expertise in innovative clinical care and medical education. He currently oversees office-based opioid treatment services at MAHEC’s family health centers and leads the organization’s interprofessional innovations team. He is a professor for the UNC School of Medicine and trains healthcare providers at medical residency programs statewide in the treatment of opioid use disorders. In 2019, Dr. Fagan served as the clinical consultant for the opioid crisis at the CDC Foundation in North Carolina. He has also served as interim medical director for MAHEC’s Department of Family Medicine and director of MAHEC’s Family Medicine Residency Program in Asheville. Dr. Fagan is board certified in both family medicine and addiction medicine.

Dr. Fagan directs the office-based opioid treatment services provided at MAHEC’s family health centers and trains healthcare providers and medical residency programs across the state in medication-assisted treatment, safe pain management, and safe opioid prescribing practices. Dr. Fagan completed his undergraduate education at the University of Missouri–Columbia, medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and his family medicine residency at MAHEC in Asheville.