Corey Waller, M.D.
Managing Director, Institute on Addiction
R. Corey Waller MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM is a board-certified and actively practicing addiction and emergency medicine specialist with extensive experience working at the local, state, and national levels.
He works with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and related organizations to advance the evidence-based practice of treatment and recovery for individuals affected by substance use disorder (SUD). A nationally recognized expert in SUD, he is the editor-in-chief of The ASAM Criteria.
As a principal with the Health Management Associates (HMA) Institute on Addiction, he is directly responsible for consultation regarding addiction treatment system development for hospitals, primary care practices, justice-involved populations, and addiction treatment providers. He oversees the HMAedu.com learning management system and continues to develop educational resources covering addiction, pain management, behavioral health, and administrative support for these systems.
In his prior role as senior medical director for education and policy at the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs (National Center), Dr. Waller was responsible for developing and maintaining all training and in-person technical assistance delivered by the National Center. This work included developing addiction, pain, and behavioral health treatment systems, correctional medicine, payment model implementation, and healthcare policy. He worked directly with peer support professionals and community health workers in Camden, NJ, to learn and ensure that the work was adequately scoped and evaluated.
Before joining the National Center, he worked for the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a fully integrated health system with 14 hospitals and more than 1,000 employed physicians. Dr. Waller served as medical staff chief of pain medicine to the Spectrum Health Hospital System and medical director of the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine, where he was responsible for treating patients with addiction, including management of pregnant mothers with SUD. Additionally, he oversaw the development of core competencies for addiction treatment in the labor and delivery unit and the treatment algorithm for neonatal abstinence syndrome for the Level 1 neonatal intensive care unit.
Dr. Waller earned his master’s degree in biology with a neuro-molecular focus at Southwest Texas State University and his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and is board-certified in emergency medicine and addiction medicine.