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Rachel S. Wightman, MD, FACMT

Emergency Medicine Physician

Rachel Wightman is an attending emergency medicine physician at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. She is also an assistant professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is triple-board certified in medical toxicology, emergency medicine, and addiction medicine. In addition, she is the director of medical toxicology education for Brown Emergency Medicine.

Her research interests are emerging drug use patterns, evaluation of toxicology testing results, and medication management of opioid use disorder. She co-founded the Rhode Island Buprenorphine Hotline, a statewide telehealth low-threshold buprenorphine treatment access line in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.

She is the lead researcher in charge of a study investigating cannabis hyperemesis, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and works on other research projects looking at the local drug supply and medication management of opioid use disorder.

She earned her medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University’s Chicago Medical School. She completed her residency and a fellowship through the New York University School of Medicine’s Bellevue Hospital Center.

She holds certifications in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support from the American Heart Association and advanced trauma life support from the American College of Surgeons.

She is a member of the American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  



Brown Emergency Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital
55 Claverick Street, 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02903


  • Medical School:  Chicago Medical School
  • Residency:  Bellevue Hospital of N.Y.
  • Fellowship:  Bellevue Hospital of N.Y.