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Daniel Alford, MD, MPH

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
DivisionGeneral Internal Medicine
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-7399
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-6250-8390
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TitleActive Staff Hospital Privileges
InstitutionBoston Medical Center
DepartmentMedicine

 Awards and Honors

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2016American Society of Addiction Medicine: Educator of the Year Award
2014American Medical Association: Health Education Award
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education and Director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). He is on staff in the Section of General Internal Medicine and director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit at Boston Medical Center (BMC). He is also Medical Director of the Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) program, the Boston University Evidence-based SBIRT Student Training (BESST) Project and the Massachusetts SBIRT Training and Technical Assistance (MASBIRT TTA) program. He is immediate past-president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). He was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House. In 2014 he received the American Medical Association “Award for Health Education” and in 2016 was awarded the first Educator of the Year Award by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. His clinical, educational and research interests focus on opioid use disorders and safe and competent opioid prescribing for chronic pain.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • addiction medicine
  • chronic pain
  • education
  • opioids
  • pain medicine
 Publications
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  1. Alford DP, Carney BL, Brett B, Parish SJ, Jackson AH. Improving Residents' Safe Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain Using an Objective Structured Clinical Examination. J Grad Med Educ. 2016 Jul; 8(3):390-7. PMID: 27413443.
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  2. Alford DP. Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain--Achieving the Right Balance through Education. N Engl J Med. 2016 Jan 28; 374(4):301-3. PMID: 26816007.
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  3. Alford DP, German JS, Samet JH, Cheng DM, Lloyd-Travaglini CA, Saitz R. Primary Care Patients with Drug Use Report Chronic Pain and Self-Medicate with Alcohol and Other Drugs. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 May; 31(5):486-91. PMID: 26809204.
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  4. Alford DP, Zisblatt L, Ng P, Hayes SM, Peloquin S, Hardesty I, White JL. SCOPE of Pain: An Evaluation of an Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy Continuing Education Program. Pain Med. 2016 Jan; 17(1):52-63. PMID: 26304703.
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  5. Fuster D, Cheng DM, Wang N, Bernstein JA, Palfai TP, Alford DP, Samet JH, Saitz R. Brief intervention for daily marijuana users identified by screening in primary care: A subgroup analysis of the ASPIRE randomized clinical trial. Subst Abus. 2016 Apr-Jun; 37(2):336-42. PMID: 26453188.
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  6. Tsui JI, Lira MC, Cheng DM, Winter MR, Alford DP, Liebschutz JM, Mao J, Edwards RR, Samet JH. Hepatitis C virus infection and pain sensitivity in patients on methadone or buprenorphine maintenance therapy for opioid use disorders. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Aug 1; 153:286-92. PMID: 26048638.
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  7. Jenkins JA, Alford DP, Gordon AJ. Building Connections and Bridging Interdisciplinary Leadership in Addictions: 2014 AMERSA Annual Conference and a Thank You to Reviewers. Subst Abus. 2015 Apr-Jun; 36(2):131-4. PMID: 25826178.
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  8. Basaria S, Travison TG, Alford D, Knapp PE, Teeter K, Cahalan C, Eder R, Lakshman K, Bachman E, Mensing G, Martel MO, Le D, Stroh H, Bhasin S, Wasan AD, Edwards RR. Effects of testosterone replacement in men with opioid-induced androgen deficiency: a randomized controlled trial. Pain. 2015 Feb; 156(2):280-8. PMID: 25599449.
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  9. Shanahan CW, Sorensen-Alawad A, Carney BL, Persand I, Cruz A, Botticelli M, Pressman K, Adams WG, Brolin M, Alford DP. The implementation of an integrated information system for substance use screening in general medical settings. Appl Clin Inform. 2014; 5(4):878-94. PMID: 25589904.
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  10. Saitz R, Palfai TP, Cheng DM, Alford DP, Bernstein JA, Lloyd-Travaglini CA, Meli SM, Chaisson CE, Samet JH. Screening and brief intervention for drug use in primary care: the ASPIRE randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2014 Aug 6; 312(5):502-13. PMID: 25096690.
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  11. Frank JW, Bair MJ, Becker WC, Krebs EE, Liebschutz JM, Alford DP. Update in pain medicine for primary care providers: a narrative review, 2010-2012. Pain Med. 2014 Mar; 15(3):425-31. PMID: 24423083.
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  12. Alford DP. Weighing in on opioids for chronic pain: the barriers to change. JAMA. 2013 Oct 2; 310(13):1351-2. PMID: 24084920.
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  13. Alford DP. Opioid prescribing: can the art become more science? J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Oct; 28(10):1253-4. PMID: 23681844.
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  14. Alford DP, Livingston EH. JAMA patient page. Misuse of opioid medication. JAMA. 2013 May 15; 309(19):2055. PMID: 23677318.
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  15. Kim TW, Saitz R, Kretsch N, Cruz A, Winter MR, Shanahan CW, Alford DP. Screening for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use by health educators: do primary care clinicians document screening results? J Addict Med. 2013 May-Jun; 7(3):204-9. PMID: 23609212.
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  16. Alford DP. Chronic back pain with possible prescription opioid misuse. JAMA. 2013 Mar 6; 309(9):919-25. PMID: 23462788.
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  17. 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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  18. Gordon AJ, Alford DP. Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curricular innovations: addressing a training gap. Subst Abus. 2012; 33(3):227-30. PMID: 22737999.
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  19. Kraus ML, Alford DP, Kotz MM, Levounis P, Mandell TW, Meyer M, Salsitz EA, Wetterau N, Wyatt SA. Statement of the American Society Of Addiction Medicine Consensus Panel on the use of buprenorphine in office-based treatment of opioid addiction. J Addict Med. 2011 Dec; 5(4):254-63. PMID: 22042215.
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  20. Liebschutz JM, Alford DP. Safe opioid prescribing: a long way to go. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Sep; 26(9):951-2. PMID: 21735346.
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  21. Alford DP, LaBelle CT, Kretsch N, Bergeron A, Winter M, Botticelli M, Samet JH. Collaborative care of opioid-addicted patients in primary care using buprenorphine: five-year experience. Arch Intern Med. 2011 Mar 14; 171(5):425-31. PMID: 21403039.
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  22. Alford DP. "Surgical Interventions in the Alcohol- or Drug-Using Patient". Chapter 82. Essentials of Addiction Medicine, First Edition. Section 10: Medical Disorders and Complications of Addiction. American Society of Addiction Medicine, Inc. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, PA. 2011.
  23. Lasser KE, Kim TW, Alford DP, Cabral H, Saitz R, Samet JH. Is unhealthy substance use associated with failure to receive cancer screening and flu vaccination? A retrospective cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2011 Jan 1; 1(1):e000046. PMID: 22021737.
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  24. Squires LE, Alford DP, Bernstein J, Palfai T, Saitz R. Clinical case discussion: screening and brief intervention for drug use in primary care. J Addict Med. 2010 Sep; 4(3):131-6. PMID: 21113433.
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  25. Saitz R, Alford DP, Bernstein J, Cheng DM, Samet J, Palfai T. Screening and brief intervention for unhealthy drug use in primary care settings: randomized clinical trials are needed. J Addict Med. 2010 Sep; 4(3):123-30. PMID: 20936079.
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  26. Tsui JI, Herman DS, Kettavong M, Alford D, Anderson BJ, Stein MD. Physician introduction to opioids for pain among patients with opioid dependence and depressive symptoms. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2010 Dec; 39(4):378-83. PMID: 20727704.
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  27. Alford DP, Krebs EE, Chen IA, Nicolaidis C, Bair MJ, Liebschutz J. Update in pain medicine. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Nov; 25(11):1222-6. PMID: 20632120.
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  28. Starrels JL, Becker WC, Alford DP, Kapoor A, Williams AR, Turner BJ. Systematic review: treatment agreements and urine drug testing to reduce opioid misuse in patients with chronic pain. Ann Intern Med. 2010 Jun 1; 152(11):712-20. PMID: 20513829.
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  29. Shanahan CW, Beers D, Alford DP, Brigandi E, Samet JH. A transitional opioid program to engage hospitalized drug users. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Aug; 25(8):803-8. PMID: 20237960.
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  30. Jackson AH, Alford DP, Dubé CE, Saitz R. Internal medicine residency training for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use: recommendations for curriculum design. BMC Med Educ. 2010; 10:22. PMID: 20230607.
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  31. Alford DP. “Acute and Chronic Pain”. Chapter 11. Handbook of Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment of Opioid Dependence. Renner JA, Levounis P eds. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc (APPI). Arlington, VA. 2010.
  32. Kim TW, Alford DP, Holick MF, Malabanan AO, Samet JH. Low vitamin d status of patients in methadone maintenance treatment. J Addict Med. 2009 Sep; 3(3):134-8. PMID: 21769009.
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  33. Alford DP. Opioids for chronic pain in patients with substance abuse: too much, too little or just right? Pain. 2009 Oct; 145(3):267-8. PMID: 19631467.
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  34. 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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  35. Douglass MA, Sanchez GM, Alford DP, Wilkes G, Greenwald JL. Physicians' pain management confidence versus competence. J Opioid Manag. 2009 May-Jun; 5(3):169-74. PMID: 19662926.
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  36. Alford DP. "Surgical Interventions in the Alcohol- or Drug-Using Patient". Chapter 82. Principles of Addiction Medicine, Fourth Edition. Section 10: Medical Disorders and Complications of Addiction. American Society of Addiction Medicine, Inc. 2009.
  37. Alford DP, Bridden C, Jackson AH, Saitz R, Amodeo M, Barnes HN, Samet JH. Promoting substance use education among generalist physicians: an evaluation of the Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) program. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Jan; 24(1):40-7. PMID: 18937015.
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  38. 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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  39. Alford DP, Liebschutz J, Chen IA, Nicolaidis C, Panda M, Berg KM, Gibson J, Picchioni M, Bair MJ. Update in pain medicine. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Jun; 23(6):841-5. PMID: 18330653.
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  40. Alford DP, Richardson JM, Chapman SE, Dubé CE, Schadt RW, Saitz R. A web-based Alcohol Clinical Training (ACT) curriculum: is in-person faculty development necessary to affect teaching? BMC Med Educ. 2008; 8:11. PMID: 18325102.
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  41. Alford DP, Salsitz EA, Martin J, Renner JA. Commentary on letter entitled, "buprenorphine comes of age". J Addict Med. 2008 Mar; 2(1):51. PMID: 21768973.
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  42. Alford DP, Salsitz EA, Martin J, Renner JA. Clinical case discussion: treating opioid dependence with buprenorphine. J Addict Med. 2007 Jun; 1(2):73-8. PMID: 21768938.
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  43. Gordon AJ, Sullivan LE, Alford DP, Arnsten JH, Gourevitch MN, Kertesz SG, Kunins HV, Merrill JO, Samet JH, Fiellin DA. Update in addiction medicine for the generalist. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Aug; 22(8):1190-4. PMID: 17492327.
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  44. Alford DP, LaBelle CT, Richardson JM, O'Connell JJ, Hohl CA, Cheng DM, Samet JH. Treating homeless opioid dependent patients with buprenorphine in an office-based setting. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Feb; 22(2):171-6. PMID: 17356982.
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  45. Kim TW, Alford DP, Malabanan A, Holick MF, Samet JH. Low bone density in patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2006 Dec 1; 85(3):258-62. PMID: 16860495.
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  46. Alford DP, Compton P, Samet JH. Acute pain management for patients receiving maintenance methadone or buprenorphine therapy. Ann Intern Med. 2006 Jan 17; 144(2):127-34. PMID: 16418412.
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  47. Olsen Y, Alford DP. Chronic Pain Management in Patients with Substance Use Disorders. Adv Stud Med. 2006; 6(3):111-123.
  48. Isaacson JH, Hopper JA, Alford DP, Parran T. Prescription drug use and abuse. Risk factors, red flags, and prevention strategies. Postgrad Med. 2005 Jul; 118(1):19-26. PMID: 16106916.
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  49. Richter KP, Choi WS, Alford DP. Smoking policies in U.S. outpatient drug treatment facilities. Nicotine Tob Res. 2005 Jun; 7(3):475-80. PMID: 16085516.
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  50. Olsen Y, Alford DP, Horton NJ, Saitz R. Addressing smoking cessation in methadone programs. J Addict Dis. 2005; 24(2):33-48. PMID: 15784522.
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  51. Alford DP. Waldmann CA. “Pain Management". The Health Care of Homeless Persons: A Manual of Communicable Diseases and Common Problems in Shelters and on the Streets. O’Connell JJ ed. Part Three: Emerging Challenges in Street and Shelter Medicine. Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Guthrie Nixon Smith Printers. Boston, MA. 2004.
  52. Alford DP. "Surgical Interventions in the Alcohol- or Drug-Using Patient". Chapter 11. Principles of Addiction Medicine, Third Edition. Section 10: Medical Disorders and Complications of Addiction. American Society of Addiction Medicine, Inc. 2002.
  53. Alford DP. “Snail Control.” Chapter 5. Bilharzia: A Manual for Health Workers in Malawi. Eds. Teesdale CH, Choudhry AW, Pugh RN, Ellison RH. Ciba Geigy, Ltd. Nairobi, Kenya. 1982.
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