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Richard Bottner, PA-C


Master of Health Science, Physician Assistant
Quinnipiac University


Richard Bottner, PA-C, is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Bottner is also a physician assistant in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Dell Seton Medical Center. He 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 addiction-related treatment and linkage to appropriate outpatient care. The program also works to reduce stigma of patients with substance use disorders.

Bottner was the first PA in the country to be certified to teach the buprenorphine certification curriculum through the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. He is also a founding executive committee member of the Substance Use Disorder special interest group of the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Bottner represents Dell Medical School as a cohort leader in the University of Texas’ Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice course. He has led several quality and process improvement projects around medication safety, medical error reporting and readmission prevention. His primary clinical and research interests are addiction medicine, palliative care and value-based health care.

Prior to entering the health care field, Bottner spent over 10 years as an entrepreneur and also worked as an EMT, firefighter and emergency communications officer.

Professional Affiliations
  • Hospitalist
  • Medical Executive Committee
    APP Representative 2015-2018
  • Central Texas PA Society
    President 2016-2018
  • Austin Healthcare Professionals Networking Group
    Founder and President 2015-2016
  • Ascension Seton Fifty
    Chair of Mission Integration 2018-present
Awards & Honors
  • Medicine and Healthcare Finalist
    Austin Under 40 Awards, May 2018
  • Advanced Practice Provider of the Year
    Dell Seton Medical Center, March 2018
  • Mentored Outreach Award
    National Institute on Drug Abuse, January 2018
  • Recognition of Excellence Award
    Dell Seton Medical Center, May 2017
  • PA-Physician Partnership of the Year
    Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, March 2017