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Alexander Y. Walley, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
DivisionGeneral Internal Medicine
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-6975
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-8158-4882
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TitleCourtesy Staff Privileges
InstitutionBoston Medical Center
DepartmentMedicine

 Awards and Honors

Start-EndDescription
2012Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse: New Investigator/Educator Award
2011Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine: Evans Junior Faculty Merit Award
2011Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine: Junior Faculty Mentoring Award
2010New England Region Society of General Internal Medicine: Clinician Investigator Award
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Walley is the Director of the Boston University Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program and the Inpatient Addiction Medicine Consult Service at Boston Medical Center (BMC). He is a general internist and addiction expert who provides primary care for HIV-infected patients at BMC. His research interests include the medical complications of drug use, specifically HIV and overdose, the treatment of addictions with behavioral and pharmacologic interventions, and risk behaviors among HIV-infected people and people with HIV risk behaviors. He is an investigator on studies of the integration of addiction treatment into primary medical care and the implementation of an opioid overdose prevention programs.

He directs and founded a clinical program (FAST PATH) that integrates addiction treatment, into the medical care of patients who are HIV-infected or high-risk for HIV infection at Boston Medical Center. He founded the buprenorphine treatment program at Dimock Community Health Center in 2005. He previously served as the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission methadone maintenance program. He is the medical director for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program. He completed a two year fellowship in general internal medicine in June 2007 and during that time he earned a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology from BUSPH.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • AIDS
  • Heroin
  • HIV
  • Methadone
  • Naloxone
  • Overdose
  • Suboxone
 Publications
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  1. Kerensky T, Walley AY. Opioid overdose prevention and naloxone rescue kits: what we know and what we don't know. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2017 Jan 07; 12(1):4. PMID: 28061909.
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  2. Fairbairn NS, Walley AY, Cheng DM, Quinn E, Bridden C, Chaisson C, Blokhina E, Lioznov D, Krupitsky E, Raj A, Samet JH. Mortality in HIV-Infected Alcohol and Drug Users in St. Petersburg, Russia. PLoS One. 2016; 11(11):e0166539. PMID: 27898683.
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  3. Walley AY, Cheng DM, Quinn EK, Blokhina E, Gnatienko N, Chaisson CE, Krupitsky E, Coffin PO, Samet JH. Fatal and non-fatal overdose after narcology hospital discharge among Russians living with HIV/AIDS who inject drugs. Int J Drug Policy. 2017 Jan; 39:114-120. PMID: 27907848.
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  4. Drainoni ML, Koppelman EA, Feldman JA, Walley AY, Mitchell PM, Ellison J, Bernstein E. Why is it so hard to implement change? A qualitative examination of barriers and facilitators to distribution of naloxone for overdose prevention in a safety net environment. BMC Res Notes. 2016 Oct 18; 9(1):465. PMID: 27756427.
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  5. Lim JK, Bratberg JP, Davis CS, Green TC, Walley AY. Prescribe to Prevent: Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Rescue Kits for Prescribers and Pharmacists. J Addict Med. 2016 Sep-Oct; 10(5):300-8. PMID: 27261669.
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  6. Lunze K, Raj A, Cheng DM, Quinn EK, Lunze FI, Liebschutz JM, Bridden C, Walley AY, Blokhina E, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Sexual violence from police and HIV risk behaviours among HIV-positive women who inject drugs in St. Petersburg, Russia - a mixed methods study. J Int AIDS Soc. 2016; 19(4 Suppl 3):20877. PMID: 27435712.
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  7. Doe-Simkins M, Banta-Green C, Davis CS, Green TC, Walley AY. Comments on Strang et al. (2016): 'Clinical provision of improvised nasal naloxone without experimental testing and without regulatory approval: imaginative shortcut or dangerous bypass of essential safety procedures?'. Addiction. 2016 Oct; 111(10):1879-80. PMID: 27412451.
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  8. Walley AY, Green TC. Mainstreaming Naloxone Through Coprescription to Patients Receiving Long-Term Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Aug 16; 165(4):292-3. PMID: 27367047.
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  9. Gnatienko N, Han SC, Krupitsky E, Blokhina E, Bridden C, Chaisson CE, Cheng DM, Walley AY, Raj A, Samet JH. Linking Infectious and Narcology Care (LINC) in Russia: design, intervention and implementation protocol. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2016 May 04; 11(1):10. PMID: 27141834.
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  10. Thakarar K, Weinstein ZM, Walley AY. Optimising health and safety of people who inject drugs during transition from acute to outpatient care: narrative review with clinical checklist. Postgrad Med J. 2016 Jun; 92(1088):356-63. PMID: 27004476.
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  11. Green TC, Dauria EF, Bratberg J, Davis CS, Walley AY. Orienting patients to greater opioid safety: models of community pharmacy-based naloxone. Harm Reduct J. 2015; 12:25. PMID: 26245865.
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  12. Walley AY, Palmisano J, Sorensen-Alawad A, Chaisson C, Raj A, Samet JH, Drainoni ML. Engagement and Substance Dependence in a Primary Care-Based Addiction Treatment Program for People Infected with HIV and People at High-Risk for HIV Infection. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2015 Dec; 59:59-66. PMID: 26298399.
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  13. Edelman EJ, Cheng DM, Krupitsky EM, Bridden C, Quinn E, Walley AY, Lioznov DA, Blokhina E, Zvartau E, Samet JH. Heroin Use and HIV Disease Progression: Results from a Pilot Study of a Russian Cohort. AIDS Behav. 2015 Jun; 19(6):1089-97. PMID: 25413642.
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  14. Walley AY. HIV prevention and treatment strategies can help address the overdose crisis. Prev Med. 2015 Nov; 80:37-40. PMID: 25895840.
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  15. Dwyer K, Walley AY, Langlois BK, Mitchell PM, Nelson KP, Cromwell J, Bernstein E. Opioid education and nasal naloxone rescue kits in the emergency department. West J Emerg Med. 2015 May; 16(3):381-4. PMID: 25987910.
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  16. Mueller SR, Walley AY, Calcaterra SL, Glanz JM, Binswanger IA. A Review of Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Prescribing: Implications for Translating Community Programming Into Clinical Practice. Subst Abus. 2015; 36(2):240-53. PMID: 25774771.
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  17. Bagley SM, Peterson J, Cheng DM, Jose C, Quinn E, O'Connor PG, Walley AY. Overdose Education and Naloxone Rescue Kits for Family Members of Individuals Who Use Opioids: Characteristics, Motivations, and Naloxone Use. Subst Abus. 2015; 36(2):149-54. PMID: 25564892.
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  18. Davis CS, Walley AY, Bridger CM. Lessons learned from the expansion of naloxone access in Massachusetts and North Carolina. J Law Med Ethics. 2015; 43 Suppl 1:19-22. PMID: 25846157.
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  19. Samet JH, Raj A, Cheng DM, Blokhina E, Bridden C, Chaisson CE, Walley AY, Palfai TP, Quinn EK, Zvartau E, Lioznov D, Krupitsky E. HERMITAGE--a randomized controlled trial to reduce sexually transmitted infections and HIV risk behaviors among HIV-infected Russian drinkers. Addiction. 2015 Jan; 110(1):80-90. PMID: 25170994.
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  20. Davis CS, Southwell JK, Niehaus VR, Walley AY, Dailey MW. Emergency medical services naloxone access: a national systematic legal review. Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Oct; 21(10):1173-7. PMID: 25308142.
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  21. Brogly SB, Saia KA, Walley AY, Du HM, Sebastiani P. Prenatal buprenorphine versus methadone exposure and neonatal outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Oct 1; 180(7):673-86. PMID: 25150272.
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  22. Lunze K, Raj A, Cheng DM, Quinn EK, Bridden C, Blokhina E, Walley AY, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Punitive policing and associated substance use risks among HIV-positive people in Russia who inject drugs. J Int AIDS Soc. 2014; 17:19043. PMID: 25014321.
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  23. Davis CS, Ruiz S, Glynn P, Picariello G, Walley AY. Expanded access to naloxone among firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians in Massachusetts. Am J Public Health. 2014 Aug; 104(8):e7-9. PMID: 24922133.
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  24. Pace CA, Kaminetzky LB, Winter M, Cheng DM, Saia K, Samet JH, Walley AY. Postpartum changes in methadone maintenance dose. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2014 Sep; 47(3):229-32. PMID: 24953167.
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  25. Wilder CM, Brason FW, Clark AK, Galanter M, Walley AY, Winstanley EL. Development and implementation of an opioid overdose prevention program within a preexisting substance use disorders treatment center. J Addict Med. 2014 May-Jun; 8(3):164-9. PMID: 24874760.
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  26. Doe-Simkins M, Quinn E, Xuan Z, Sorensen-Alawad A, Hackman H, Ozonoff A, Walley AY. Overdose rescues by trained and untrained participants and change in opioid use among substance-using participants in overdose education and naloxone distribution programs: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:297. PMID: 24684801.
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  27. Drainoni ML, Farrell C, Sorensen-Alawad A, Palmisano JN, Chaisson C, Walley AY. Patient perspectives of an integrated program of medical care and substance use treatment. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2014 Feb; 28(2):71-81. PMID: 24428768.
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  28. Walley AY, Cheng DM, Coleman SM, Krupitsky E, Raj A, Blokhina E, Bridden C, Chaisson CE, Lira MC, Samet JH. Risk factors for recent nonfatal overdose among HIV-infected Russians who inject drugs. AIDS Care. 2014; 26(8):1013-8. PMID: 24382133.
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  29. Gordon AJ, Bertholet N, McNeely J, Starrels JL, Tetrault JM, Walley AY. 2013 Update in addiction medicine for the generalist. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2013; 8:18. PMID: 24499640.
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  30. Rastegar DA, Walley AY. Preventing prescription opioid overdose deaths. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Oct; 28(10):1258-9. PMID: 23463455.
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  31. Rastegar DA, Kunins HV, Tetrault JM, Walley AY, Gordon AJ. 2012 Update in addiction medicine for the generalist. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2013; 8:6. PMID: 23497615.
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  32. Beletsky L, Walley AY, Rich JD. Opioid overdose fatality prevention--reply. JAMA. 2013 Mar 6; 309(9):874. PMID: 23462779.
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  33. Tyurina A, Krupitsky E, Cheng DM, Coleman SM, Walley AY, Bridden C, Gnatienko N, Zvartau E, Raj A, Samet JH. Is cannabis use associated with HIV drug and sex risk behaviors among Russian HIV-infected risky drinkers? Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Sep 1; 132(1-2):74-80. PMID: 23410616.
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  34. Walley AY, Xuan Z, Hackman HH, Quinn E, Doe-Simkins M, Sorensen-Alawad A, Ruiz S, Ozonoff A. Opioid overdose rates and implementation of overdose education and nasal naloxone distribution in Massachusetts: interrupted time series analysis. BMJ. 2013; 346:f174. PMID: 23372174.
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  35. Lunze K, Cheng DM, Quinn E, Krupitsky E, Raj A, Walley AY, Bridden C, Chaisson C, Lioznov D, Blokhina E, Samet JH. Nondisclosure of HIV infection to sex partners and alcohol's role: a Russian experience. AIDS Behav. 2013 Jan; 17(1):390-8. PMID: 22677972.
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  36. Pace CA, Lioznov D, Cheng DM, Wakeman SE, Raj A, Walley AY, Coleman SM, Bridden C, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Sexually transmitted infections among HIV-infected heavy drinkers in St Petersburg, Russia. Int J STD AIDS. 2012 Dec; 23(12):853-8. PMID: 23258823.
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  37. Beletsky L, Rich JD, Walley AY. Prevention of fatal opioid overdose. JAMA. 2012 Nov 14; 308(18):1863-4. PMID: 23150005.
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  38. Walley AY, Tetrault JM, Friedmann PD. Integration of substance use treatment and medical care: a special issue of JSAT. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2012 Dec; 43(4):377-81. PMID: 23079197.
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  39. Walley AY, Doe-Simkins M, Quinn E, Pierce C, Xuan Z, Ozonoff A. Opioid overdose prevention with intranasal naloxone among people who take methadone. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2013 Feb; 44(2):241-7. PMID: 22980450.
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  40. Walley AY, Cheng DM, Pierce CE, Chen C, Filippell T, Samet JH, Alford DP. Methadone dose, take home status, and hospital admission among methadone maintenance patients. J Addict Med. 2012 Sep; 6(3):186-90. PMID: 22694929.
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  41. Walley AY, Paasche-Orlow M, Lee EC, Forsythe S, Chetty VK, Mitchell S, Jack BW. Acute care hospital utilization among medical inpatients discharged with a substance use disorder diagnosis. J Addict Med. 2012 Mar; 6(1):50-6. PMID: 21979821.
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  42. Lankenau SE, Walley A. Opioids and deaths. N Engl J Med. 2011 Feb 17; 364(7):686. PMID: 21323558.
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  43. Garg S, Hoenig M, Edwards EM, Bliss C, Heeren T, Tumilty S, Walley AY, Koziel MJ, Skolnik PR, Horsburgh CR, Cotton D. Incidence and predictors of acute kidney injury in an urban cohort of subjects with HIV and hepatitis C virus coinfection. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2011 Mar; 25(3):135-41. PMID: 21309706.
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  44. Gordon AJ, Kunins HV, Rastegar DA, Tetrault JM, Walley AY. Update in addiction medicine for the generalist. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Jan; 26(1):77-82. PMID: 20697971.
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  45. Samet JH, Walley AY. Interventions targeting HIV-infected risky drinkers: drops in the bottle. Alcohol Res Health. 2010; 33(3):267-79. PMID: 23584068.
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  46. Walley AY, Farrar D, Cheng DM, Alford DP, Samet JH. Are opioid dependence and methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) documented in the medical record? A patient safety issue. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Sep; 24(9):1007-11. PMID: 19578820.
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  47. Doe-Simkins M, Walley AY, Epstein A, Moyer P. Saved by the nose: bystander-administered intranasal naloxone hydrochloride for opioid overdose. Am J Public Health. 2009 May; 99(5):788-91. PMID: 19363214.
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  48. Raj A, Reed E, Santana MC, Walley AY, Welles SL, Horsburgh CR, Flores SA, Silverman JG. The associations of binge alcohol use with HIV/STI risk and diagnosis among heterosexual African American men. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2009 Apr 1; 101(1-2):101-6. PMID: 19117698.
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  49. Samet JH, Walley AY. [Commentary]Can one be an expert in addiction medicine without expertise in pain management? Addiction. 2008 Dec; 103(12):2006-7. PMID: 19469744.
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  50. Walley AY, Alperen JK, Cheng DM, Botticelli M, Castro-Donlan C, Samet JH, Alford DP. Office-based management of opioid dependence with buprenorphine: clinical practices and barriers. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Sep; 23(9):1393-8. PMID: 18592319.
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  51. Walley AY, Cheng DM, Libman H, Nunes D, Horsburgh CR, Saitz R, Samet JH. Recent drug use, homelessness and increased short-term mortality in HIV-infected persons with alcohol problems. AIDS. 2008 Jan 30; 22(3):415-20. PMID: 18195568.
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  52. Walley AY, Phillips KA, Gordon AJ. The patients in recovery (PIR) perspective: teaching physicians about methamphetamine. Subst Abus. 2008; 29(4):61-4. PMID: 19042199.
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  53. Samet JH, Walley AY, Bridden C. Illicit drugs, alcohol, and addiction in human immunodeficiency virus. Panminerva Med. 2007 Jun; 49(2):67-77. PMID: 17625483.
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  54. Walley AY, Krupitsky EM, Cheng DM, Raj A, Edwards EM, Bridden C, Egorova VY, Zvartau EE, Woody GE, Samet JH. Implications of cannabis use and heavy alcohol use on HIV drug risk behaviors in Russian heroin users. AIDS Behav. 2008 Jul; 12(4):662-9. PMID: 17487577.
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  55. Walley AY, White MC, Kushel MB, Song YS, Tulsky JP. Knowledge of and interest in hepatitis C treatment at a methadone clinic. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2005 Mar; 28(2):181-7. PMID: 15780548.
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  56. Mess SE, Reese PP, Della Lana DF, Walley AY, Ives EP, Lee MC. Older, hypertensive, and hypercholesterolemic fairgoers visit more booths and differ in their health concerns at a community health fair. J Community Health. 2000 Aug; 25(4):315-29. PMID: 10941695.
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