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Karen E. Arscott, D.O.

9:15-10:15 AM

Pain Management for Patients Receiving
Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Dr. Karen E. Arscott is a primary care physician and addiction medicine specialist at

The Wright Center for Community Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center Lookalike that serves vulnerable patient populations throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe pain management for patients on baseline MAT.

2. Discuss why a person with a history of Substance Use Disorder requires pain management in addition to their baseline MAT.

3. Discuss a plan for management of MAT and pain management for a patient  with pending elective surgery.

Biography continued...

In addition to comprehensive primary care services, she provides medication assisted treatment (MAT) for patients with opioid use disorder in rural Wayne and Pike counties as part of The Wright Center’s Opioid Center of Excellence.


Dr. Arscott is also a member of The Wright Center’s Healthy Maternal Opiate Medical Support team, otherwise know as Healthy MOMS. The multi-agency initiative aims to build a strong foundation for women in recovery and their babies by improving maternal and fetal health outcomes, supporting family stability and reducing the effects and costs of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.


Dr. Arscott earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Clinical Science degrees from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is fellowship-trained and board eligible by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and serves on Lackawanna County’s Recovery Coalition, a regional alliance working to reduce opioid poisoning deaths by getting those with opioid use disorders the help they need.  She completed her addiction medicine fellowship at Geisinger Marworth Treatment Center.


Dr. Arscott is also dedicated to educating the next generation of doctors, teaching addiction and internal medicine to resident physicians as a faculty member of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. She also serves as an associate professor at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.


She resides in Waverly Township, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Jim. The couple has two daughters and two grandchildren.

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