Hector Colon-Rivera, Psychiatrist

Hector Colon-Rivera

Psychiatrist | Psychiatry

400 Presidential Blvd Apartment 2323 Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 19131


Dr. Colon-Rivera studied medicine in Ponce School of Medicine and Health Science in Puerto Rico after he graduated from University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor degree in Biology and Economy.

During college he worked in a molecular parasitology laboratory under the guidance of Dr. AE Serrano, at UPR Medical Science Campus. The knock-out and over-expression gene construct results, generated by him, have been included in local and international presentations. During this time, he travels to The Netherlands to work with Dr. A. Waters. This opportunity allowed him to contribute to exciting research in Malaria; it also allowed me to gain appreciation for the multicultural work environment. In addition, he worked at the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention in Atlanta GA, assisting in the phenotypic identification of Staphylococcus isolates.

His interest in working with underserved populations and in cross-cultural communication guided me to do research at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University.

 He is the currently an addiction fellow at Yale-New Haven Medical Center after graduating from Boston University Medical Center Psychiatry progran where he was the chief resident. He is the coordinator of "Salud A Flote" a educational radio segment transmitted every other Thursday by Radio Vieques 90.1 FM http://radiovieques.net/ 

He has participated in over 20 national and international presentations/workshops in topics related to substance use and related disorders, social determinants and mental health and psychosis and related disorder.

Education and Training

MD at Ponce Health Sciences University

Provider Details

Male Spanish

Areas of expertise and specialization

Addiction Psychiatry


  • Inpatient, ED, Addiction, Adolescents

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Articles and Publications



    Brief Newspaper Peer Reviewed Articles:


    1.    Colon-Rivera HA. “Residents Bring APAF’s ‘Typical or Troubled’ Program to Puerto Rico” Psychiatric News, May 31st, 2017


    2.     Colon-Rivera HA. “The Forgotten Island” Psychiatric News, June 14th, 2016.


    3.     Colon-Rivera HA. “Our Opioid Epidemic: How Can We Help?” The Official Newsletter of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, Spring 2016, Volume 32, Number 1, Pages 8, 13. 


    Original, Peer Reviewed Articles:


    1.     Muvvala S, Colon-Rivera HA, Camenga D. “Medications for Maintenance Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Adolescents: A Narrative Review with Recommendations for Clinical Practice and Future Research” J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 2017. Abstract Accepted. Submitting manuscript soon. 


    2.     Daum AM, Colon-Rivera HA, Nykiel S. “Shared Medical Appointments Role in the Opioid Epidemic Era; A Tool for Integration of Care” J Addict Res Ther. 2017, June. Accepted


    3.     Barmada H, Roberts S, Patil D, Colon-Rivera HA, Chang G. “Perceived stigma and satisfaction with care among veterans receiving methadone maintenance treatment:  A pilot study” Addictive Diseases and their Treatment. 2017, June. Accepted 


    4.     Broad KL, Colon-Rivera HA, Haque L. Re: Primary care management of opioid use disorders: Abstinence, methadone, or buprenorphine-naloxone? E-Published, Can Fam Physician. 2017, May 16. 


    5.     Thapa M, Colon-Rivera HA, Taylor M, Greenfield SF, Marienfeld C.  “Assuring the Appropriate Care of Pregnant and Newly Delivered Women Addicts” American Psychiatric Society Position Statements, May, 2016. 


    6.     Montenegro R, Colon-Rivera HA. Racial/Ethnic and Sexual/Gender Minority Training Experiences in Psychiatry: Past, Present, and Future Directions to Improving Training Climate, The Am J of Psychiatry Residents Edition, January 2016. 


    7.     Colon-Rivera HA, Daum AM, Nykiel S. The impact of sharing: The use of shared medical appointments to allow providers to increase treatment access for substance use and related disorders. Subst Abus. 2016 Jan-Mar, 37 (1):7-8.


    8.     Colon-Rivera HA, Oldham MA. The mind with a radio of its own: a case report and review of the literature on the treatment of musical hallucinations. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2014 Mar-Apr, 36 (2):220-4.


    9.     Colon-Rivera HA, Jimenez-Torres GJ, Lugo F. Evolving story of vitamin D, supplementing vs. implementing new approaches. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2013Jul, 128 (1):99-100.

What do you attribute your success to?

  • My family. Being self-motivated and pro-active.

Hobbies / Sports

  • Performance Cars, Health, Traveling, Business

Favorite professional publications


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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131
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