Dr. Reb Close is a board-certified emergency medicine and addiction medicine physician at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, California.
Dr. Close attended medical school at University of California, Los Angeles, and completed residency in emergency medicine at UCLA Olive View Medical Center. She has been on staff at Community Hospital since 2003, has continued to serve as the supervising physician for the emergency department’s Recurrent Visitors Program since 2006, and serves as the Co-Director of emergency department chemical dependency services since 2021. She serves as Medical Director of Montage Health’s Prescribe Safe program — a collaborative partnership on the Central Coast with the goal of promoting safe use of prescription drugs and pain management, reducing overdoses, and addressing substance use through prevention and treatment.
Her key initiatives include advocating for treatment of substance use disorders in emergency departments and building a coalition of clinics, hospital administrators, and community groups who improve patient treatment and referral services within Monterey County.
About This Award
The Community Emergency Medicine Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to advancing emergency care and/or health care within the community in which they practice.