Last Name

Christopher W. Shanahan, MD, MPH

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DivisionGeneral Internal Medicine
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-4562
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-9067-5922
Other Positions
TitleActive Staff Hospital Privileges
InstitutionBoston Medical Center

 Awards and Honors

1998-2000American College of Physician Executives: Management Scholar
2000Boston University School of Medicine: Faculty Scholar – Centers of Excellence in Geriatric and Community Medicine
2003Mattapan Community Health Center: Edmond Steele Commitment to Excellence Award
2009-2009 Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse: Best Abstract Award Semi-finalist: T.Kim, N.Kretsch, R.Saitz, M.Winter, JH.Samet, CW.Shanahan, A.A
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Christopher Shanahan, MD is a practicing primary care physician with board certification in both Internal and Addiction Medicine with 14+ years of experience in clinical and research Information Technology (IT). Dr. Shanahan possesses a unique blend of experience and expertise in three domains:

1. Clinical & Research Medical Informatics & Information Technology;
2. Substance Use Disorders and Chronic Pain; and
3. Community Medicine (Community-based care and collaboration with community-based organizations, clinicians, and patients).

His expertise in assessing IT requirements of research projects (IT focused or enabled) makes him a valuable and sought after collaborator who assists with project design, development, and/or technical assessment of clinical research studies planning to leverage IT resources to facilitate their projects. He draws upon a broad network of local and national colleagues to help develop feasible and implementable program and study plans.

As a multi-talented collaborator who combines informatics expertise with activities focused on substance abuse disorders, he has led or collaborated with others to design and develop substance use focused programs and research studies enhanced by the use IT.

He adds a third dimension through his focus on 13 affiliated local Community Health Centers comprising the Boston HealthNet as Director for Community Medicine Unit and . He maintains active working relationships with multiple community-based organizations and has over 24 years of community-based clinical practice. Dr. Shanahan's current projects:

Transforming Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care (TOPCARE): a randomized clinical trial of enhanced care model to transform care for chronic pain patients and their opioid-based treatment. A key trial component is a secure enhanced web-based, electronic patient registry.

Targeting Effective Analgesia in Clinics for HIV (TEACH): a randomized clinical trial of the TOPCARE an HIV specialty treatment setting using an adapted version of the TOPCARE registry.

Carefusion: Optimizing Pain Control and Safety in Patients Prescribed Opioid after Day Surgery: A pilot study investigating surgeon prescribing practices & the patient medication taking behaviors for acute ambulatory post-operative pain in preparation for a larger Randomized study of a a future randomized clinical trial of enhanced care model to transform care for acute pain in ambulatory post-operative patients

Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI):
A. As Director of the Clinical Research Informatics and Technology Consultation (CRITC) Service he assists BU/BMC researchers with planning and use of IT and informatics to facilitate clinical studies.

B. As Faculty Lead of the CTSI’s Research Networking Effort he leads a Multidisciplinary team that implemented and manages BU-Profiles (a Research Networking application). As the first institutional implementation of Open Research and Collaborator ID (ORCID) Application Program Interface (API) within a Profiles Research Network Software implementation his team received national recognition.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Community Medicine
  • Health Care Disparities
  • Knowledge management
  • Medcial Informatics and technology
  • Substance Abuse
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
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  1. Cushman PA, Liebschutz JM, Hodgkin JG, Shanahan CW, White JL, Hardesty I, Alford DP. What do providers want to know about opioid prescribing? A qualitative analysis of their questions. Subst Abus. 2017 Apr 10; 1-8. PMID: 28394736.
    View in: PubMed
  2. Bickmore T, Asadi R, Ehyaei A, Fell H, Henault L, Intille S, Quintiliani L, Shamekhi A, Trinh H, Waite K, Shanahan CW, Paasche-Orlow MK. Intelligent Virtual Agents. Context-Awareness in a Persistent Hospital Companion Agent. Springer International Publishing. Switzerland. 2015; 9238:332-342.
    View in: External Website
  3. Lasser KE, Shanahan C, Parker V, Beers D, Xuan Z, Heymann O, Lange A, Liebschutz JM. A Multicomponent Intervention to Improve Primary Care Provider Adherence to Chronic Opioid Therapy Guidelines and Reduce Opioid Misuse: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2016 Jan; 60:101-9. PMID: 26256769.
    View in: PubMed
  4. Kressin NR, Lasser KE, Paasche-Orlow M, Allison J, Ash AS, Adams WG, Shanahan CW, Legler A, Pizer SD. Clinical Operations Variables are Associated With Blood Pressure Outcomes. Med Care. 2015 Jun; 53(6):480-4. PMID: 25974844.
    View in: PubMed
  5. Mull HJ, Rosen AK, Shimada SL, Rivard PE, Nordberg B, Long B, Hoffman JM, Leecaster M, Savitz LA, Shanahan CW, Helwig A, Nebeker JR. Assessing the potential adoption and usefulness of concurrent, action-oriented, electronic adverse drug event triggers designed for the outpatient setting. EGEMS (Wash DC). 2015; 3(1):1116. PMID: 25992386.
    View in: PubMed
  6. Lange A, Lasser KE, Xuan Z, Khalid L, Beers D, Heymann OD, Shanahan CW, Crosson J, Liebschutz JM. Variability in opioid prescription monitoring and evidence of aberrant medication taking behaviors in urban safety-net clinics. Pain. 2015 Feb; 156(2):335-40. PMID: 25599455.
    View in: PubMed
  7. Khalid L, Liebschutz JM, Xuan Z, Dossabhoy S, Kim Y, Crooks D, Shanahan C, Lange A, Heymann O, Lasser KE. Adherence to prescription opioid monitoring guidelines among residents and attending physicians in the primary care setting. Pain Med. 2015 Mar; 16(3):480-7. PMID: 25529863.
    View in: PubMed
  8. 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.
    View in: PubMed
  9. Adams WG, Phillips BD, Bacic JD, Walsh KE, Shanahan CW, Paasche-Orlow MK. Automated conversation system before pediatric primary care visits: a randomized trial. Pediatrics. 2014 Sep; 134(3):e691-9. PMID: 25092938.
    View in: PubMed
  10. Cahn PS, Benjamin EJ, Shanahan CW. 'Uncrunching' time: medical schools' use of social media for faculty development. Med Educ Online. 2013; 18:20995. PMID: 23810170.
    View in: PubMed
  11. 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.
    View in: PubMed
  12. Cahn PS, Benjamin EJ, Shanahan CW. 'Uncrunching' time: medical schools' use of social media for faculty development. Med Educ Online. 2013 Jan; 18(1):20995. PMID: 28166042.
    View in: PubMed
  13. Aziz M, Bickmore TW, Vardoulakis LP, Shanahan CW, Paasche-Orlow MK. Hospital Buddy: A Persistent Emotional Support Companion Agent for Hospital Patients. Intelligent Virtual Agents Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer Berlin. Heidelberg. 2012; 7502:492-495.
    View in: External Website
  14. McCloskey L, Condon R, Shanahan CW, Wolff J, Culler C, Kalish R. Public health, medicine, and dentistry as partners in community health: a pioneering initiative in interprofessional, practice-based education. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2011 Jul-Aug; 17(4):298-307. PMID: 21617403.
    View in: PubMed
  15. Rosen AK, Mull HJ, Kaafarani H, Nebeker J, Shimada S, Helwig A, Nordberg B, Long B, Savitz LA, Shanahan CW, Itani K. Applying trigger tools to detect adverse events associated with outpatient surgery. J Patient Saf. 2011 Mar; 7(1):45-59. PMID: 21921867.
    View in: PubMed
  16. 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.
    View in: PubMed
  17. Lincoln A, Johnson P, Espejo D, Plachta-Elliott S, Lester P, Shanahan C, Abbott S, Cabral H, Jamanka A, Delman J, Kenny P. The BMC ACCESS project: the development of a medically enhanced safe haven shelter. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2009 Oct; 36(4):478-91. PMID: 18830697.
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  18. Dworetzky BA, Strahonja-Packard A, Shanahan CW, Paz J, Schauble B, Bromfield EB. Characteristics of male veterans with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Epilepsia. 2005 Sep; 46(9):1418-22. PMID: 16146437.
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  19. Shanahan CW, Lincoln A, Horton NJ, Saitz R, Winter M, Samet JH. Relationship of depressive symptoms and mental health functioning to repeat detoxification. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2005 Sep; 29(2):117-23. PMID: 16135340.
    View in: PubMed
  20. Dworetzky BA, Hoch DB, Wagner AK, Salmanson E, Shanahan CW, Bromfield EB. The impact of a single seizure on health status and health care utilization. Epilepsia. 2000 Feb; 41(2):170-6. PMID: 10691113.
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  21. Shanahan C, Makadon H. Addressing HIV Prevention in Clinical Practice. In: Libman, Witzburg, eds. HIV Infection: A Clinical Manual. Little Brown, Inc. Boston. 1995.
  22. Carr R, Wald A, Shanahan C, Hein D. HIV Education and Prevention. In: Libman, Witzburg, eds. HIV Infection: A Clinical Manual. Little Brown, Inc. Boston. 1993.
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