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Jessica Moe

Dr. Jessica Moe
Jessica Moe is a clinician-scientist with BCCDC. She is also an assistant professor in UBC's Department of Emergency Medicine, with a research focus on substance use and addictions.


Dr. Moe leads an innovative research program that focuses on developing and evaluating emergency department and community-based interventions for patients with substance and opioid use. Her research seeks to capitalize on underrecognized opportunities to identify high-risk individuals and to initiate innovative clinical and public health interventions at point of contact with acute and emergency care. 

Dr. Moe is principal investigator on the Evaluating Microdosing in the Emergency Department (EMED) study, a multi-centre, randomized controlled trial evaluating emergency department-initiated buprenorphine/naloxone microdosing and standard dosing inductions for people with opioid use disorder. She is also principal investigator on the Preventing Opioid Deaths due to COVID Related Increase in Smoking Illicit Substances (Preventing OD CRISIS) study, wherein her team developed and implemented a novel continuous pulse oximetry protocol to enable real-time monitoring of clients’ oxygen levels while smoking opioids at Overdose Prevention Services sites. 

Her other projects include evaluating optimal naloxone dosing in fentanyl and ultra-potent opioid overdoses, developing standardized approaches to emergency department screening for substance and opioid use disorder, characterizing people with frequent emergency department visits (including those with alcohol use and substance use disorders) using provincial and national databases, and analyzing patient outcomes following opioid overdose using Provincial Overdose Cohort data. 

Dr. Moe was awarded a 2019 Mentored Clinician Scientist Award from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Her research is supported by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Health Canada, the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health, and UBC.


Dr. Moe holds an MD, FRCPC (emergency medicine), American Board Certification (emergency medicine), MSc (clinical epidemiology), and MA (international law and human rights). She is the scientific director of the Emergency Opioid Innovation Program within the BC Emergency Medicine Network. She also practices as an emergency physician at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital.


For a list of publications, see PubMed.

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