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Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C


Doctor of Health Administration, Interprofessional Studies
Medical University of South Carolina

Master of Health Science, Physician Assistant
Quinnipiac University


Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C, is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. Bottner is also a physician assistant in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Dell Seton Medical Center.

Bottner is the director of the Buprenorphine Team (B-Team), a full-service consultation team that provides patients who are hospitalized and have opioid use disorder access to treatment and linkage to appropriate outpatient care. The program also works to reduce stigma of patients with substance use disorders. Bottner is also the director of Support Hospital Opioid Use Treatment (SHOUT) Texas, a program seeking to increase access to opioid use disorder treatment in hospitals across the state.

Bottner is currently co-principal investigator on a grant from the Texas Targeted Opioid Response program investigating best practices for the hospital-based management of opioid use disorder and on a grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges to develop and disseminate the Reducing Stigma Education Tools (ReSET) modules, a robust and interactive online learning environment. Bottner was the first physician assistant in the country to be certified to teach the buprenorphine certification (x-waiver) curriculum through the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

In addition to his clinical and research interests in hospital medicine, substance use disorders, palliative care and systems-based practice, Bottner represents Dell Medical School as a cohort leader in The University of Texas at Austin’s Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice course. He has also led several quality and process improvement projects around medication safety, medical error reporting and readmission prevention.

Professional Affiliations
  • Society of Hospital Medicine, Substance Use Disorder Special Interest Group
    Executive Committee Member, 2019-Present
  • Society of Hospital Medicine
    Membership Committee, 2020-Present
  • Central Texas Physician Assistant Society
    Past President, 2016-2018
Awards & Honors
  • Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society
    Medical University of South Carolina, 2020
  • John Nelson Chappel Best Curriculum, Quality Improvement & Program Abstract Award
    Association for Multidisciplinary Education & Research in Substance Use & Addiction, 2019
  • Advanced Practice Provider of the Year
    Dell Seton Medical Center, 2018
  • Mentored Outreach Award
    National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018
  • PA-Physician Partnership of the Year
    Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, 2017