Alexander Y. Walley, MD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
MSc, Boston University School of Public Health

Pronouns: he/him/his

Dr Walley is Associate Professor of Medicine and an addiction expert at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. Dr Walley has conducted multiple studies related to the opioid crisis and the integration of addiction specialty care and general medical care. He has served as PI on a CDC-SAMHSA-Epi-AID investigation of the surge in fentanyl-related overdose, a CDC-funded study of the Massachusetts OEND program which demonstrated community-level reductions in overdose death rates, and a SAMHSA-funded program that integrated addiction treatment into the clinical care of people with/at risk for HIV. He has worked as Co-I with addiction, overdose, and HIV expertise on NIDA and NIAAA-funded clinical trials and cohort studies.

Dr Walley is the director of the Boston Medical Center Addiction Medicine Fellowship program, as well as the director the NIDA-funded Fellow Immersion Training program in Addiction Medicine, which trains 5 subspecialty fellows each year to integrate addiction science into their subspecialty research. He provides primary care and addiction medicine consultations in the HIV primary care clinic at Boston University School of Medicine/BMC where he leads the FAST PATH (Facilitated Access to Substance abuse Treatment for Prevention and Treatment of HIV) program. Dr Walley co-founded and provides care on the inpatient addiction consult service at Boston Medical Center, which regularly provides consultation for patients admitted to the hospital who use alcohol and substances. Lastly, Dr Walley has been the medical director of the Massachusetts Opioid Overdose Prevention program since it started in 2007. They have trained and equipped over 80,000 people in the community with naloxone rescue kits, culminating in over 19,000 documented overdose rescues.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit

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Boston Medical Center

2019 Society for General Internal Medicine: Frederick L. Brancati Mentorship and Leadership Award
2017 Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction : W. Anderson Spickard, Jr. Mentorship Award
2012 Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction: New Investigator/Educator Award
2011 Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine: Junior Faculty Mentoring Award
2011 Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine: Evans Junior Faculty Merit Award
2010 New England Region Society of General Internal Medicine: Clinician Investigator Award

DAT-18-06 Prevention and Rescue Of Fentanyl and Other Opioid Overdoses Using…
05/15/2019 - 02/29/2024 (PI)
Weill Cornell Medical College NIH-NIDA

Effectiveness of the Consult for Addiction Treatment and Care in Hospitals …
03/15/2018 - 12/31/2021 (PI)
New York University NIH-NIDA

Pharmacy Naloxone Distribution: Assessing a New Tool to Reduce Overdose Morta…
05/01/2016 - 01/31/2021 (PI)
West Virginia University NIH-NIDA

Pharmacy Naloxone Distribution: Assessing a New Tool to Reduce Overdose Mortality
05/01/2016 - 01/31/2021 (PI)
Pacific Institute For Res And Evaluation NIH-NIDA

Knock and Talk: Public Health-Public Safety Partnerships for Post-Overdose Outreach and Prevention
09/30/2018 - 09/29/2020 (PI)

REBOOT- Repeated-dose behavioral intervention to reduce opioid overdose: a two-site randomized…
06/15/2018 - 03/31/2020 (PI)
Heluna Health, the new PHFE NIH-NIDA

Implementation to Motivate Physician to Opioid Dependence on HIV Setting
10/01/2015 - 03/31/2020 (PI)
Bay State Medical NIH-NIDA

Implementation to Motivate Physician to Opioid Dependence on HIV Setting
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
Rhode Island Hospital NIH-NIDA

Forecasting the Impact of Corrections-based MOUD in Massachusetts(FICOMM)
12/01/2017 - 12/31/2018 (PI)
University of Baltimore Ntl Drug Ctrl Policy

Addictions Medicine Fellowship
12/01/2016 - 12/31/2017 (PI)
American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation

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  1. Kerensky T, LaRochelle M, Fan SL, Kosakowski S, Wason K, Walley AY. Non-prescription Fentanyl Positive Toxicology: Prevalence, Positive Predictive Value of Fentanyl Immunoassay Screening, and Description of Co-substance Use. J Addict Med. 2021 Apr 01; 15(2):150-154.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32909981
  2. Kimmel S, Bach P, Walley AY. Treatment of Refractory Opioid Use Disorder : Comparison of Treatment Options for Refractory Opioid Use Disorder in the United States and Canada: A Narrative Review. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Mar 26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33772440
  3. Kimmel SD, Walley AY, Lodi S, Forman LS, Liebschutz JM, Lira MC, Kim TW, Del Rio C, Samet JH, Tsui JI. Naloxone receipt and overdose prevention care among people with HIV on chronic opioid therapy. AIDS. 2021 Mar 15; 35(4):697-700.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33587441
  4. Linas BP, Savinkina A, Madushani RWMA, Wang J, Eftekhari Yazdi G, Chatterjee A, Walley AY, Morgan JR, Epstein RL, Assoumou SA, Murphy SM, Schackman BR, Chrysanthopoulou SA, White LF, Barocas JA. Projected Estimates of Opioid Mortality After Community-Level Interventions. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Feb 01; 4(2):e2037259.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33587136
  5. Kimmel SD, Rosenmoss S, Bearnot B, Larochelle M, Walley AY. Rejection of Patients With Opioid Use Disorder Referred for Post-acute Medical Care Before and After an Anti-discrimination Settlement in Massachusetts. J Addict Med. 2021 Jan-Feb 01; 15(1):20-26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32675798
  6. Formica SW, Waye KM, Benintendi AO, Yan S, Bagley SM, Beletsky L, Carroll JJ, Xuan Z, Rosenbloom D, Apsler R, Green TC, Hunter A, Walley AY. Characteristics of post-overdose public health-public safety outreach in Massachusetts. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 Feb 01; 219:108499.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33421800; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108499;
  7. Komaromy M, Tomanovich M, Taylor JL, Ruiz-Mercado G, Kimmel SD, Bagley SM, Saia KM, Costello E, Park TW, LaBelle C, Weinstein Z, Walley AY. Adaptation of a System of Treatment for Substance Use Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Addict Med. 2020 Dec 08.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33298750
  8. Morgan JR, Barocas JA, Murphy SM, Epstein RL, Stein MD, Schackman BR, Walley AY, Linas BP. Comparison of Rates of Overdose and Hospitalization After Initiation of Medication for Opioid Use Disorder in the Inpatient vs Outpatient Setting. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 12 01; 3(12):e2029676.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33320266
  9. Buchheit BM, Crable EL, Lipson SK, Drainoni ML, Walley AY. "Opening the door to somebody who has a chance." - The experiences and perceptions of public safety personnel towards a public restroom overdose prevention alarm system. Int J Drug Policy. 2021 Feb; 88:103038.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33232885
  10. Gunn CM, Maschke A, Harris M, Schoenberger SF, Sampath S, Walley AY, Bagley SM. Age-based preferences for risk communication in the fentanyl era: 'A lot of people keep seeing other people die and that's not enough for them'. Addiction. 2020 Oct 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33119196
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These Key Telehealth Policy Changes Would Improve Buprenorphine Access While Advancing Health Equity

Health Affairs Blog 9/11/2020

Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorder: A Systematic Review of Reviews

Physicians Weekly 6/22/2020

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal 4/16/2020

Post-Detox Treatment Lowers Mortality in Opioid Use Disorder

Health Day 4/15/2020

UK’s Substance Use Research Day Highlights Work of UK Faculty and Students

UKNOW 3/5/2020

As People Die From Overdoses, Health Leaders And Police Struggle To Measure Success

New England Public Radio 2/26/2020

Recovery Coaches Offer Nonjudgmental Support To Fill Addiction Treatment Gaps

New England Public Radio 2/25/2020

Study: Medications Significantly Reduce Mortality Rates for People Struggling with Opioid Addiction in Year After Detox 2/25/2020

Few Patients Receive Life-Saving Treatment After Opioid Detox

HealthCity 2/25/2020

Police Offering Drug Recovery Help: 'We Can't Arrest Our Way Out Of This Problem'

NPR 2/8/2020

People Rarely Die After Using Opioids Prescribed for Them

Reason 1/23/2020

In Tents and Under Bridges, a New Cook County Sheriff's Office Program Helps Hard-to-Reach Drug Users

The Chicago Tribune 12/1/2019

Massachusetts Study Confirms That People Rarely Die After Using Opioids Prescribed for Them

Reason 10/23/2019

Study Finds Less Than 2 Percent of Overdose Victims Had Active Opioid Prescriptions

Newsweek 10/22/2019

Study Finds Only 1.3% of Overdose Victims Had Opioid Prescription

Pain News Network 10/18/2019

New Remote Dispensing Naloxone Policy Will Increase Access to a Life-Saving Drug

HealthCity 9/9/2019

Meth Has Taken Hold in Massachusetts

Boston Globe 8/13/2019

Dr. Alex Walley of the Grayken Center Addiction at BMC

All About Boston 2/14/2019

Expanding Access to Naloxone

Apa's Medical Mind 1/10/2019

Nurse Denied Life Insurance Coverage Because She Specializes In Addiction Treatment

Inquisitr 12/15/2018

Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone

NPR Shots 12/13/2018

Markey Demands Details About Life Insurance Denials For Carrying Naloxone

WBUR 12/10/2018

Life Insurers Declining Coverage For Those Who Purchase Naloxone

Becker’s Hospital Review 12/6/2018

Knocking On Doors To Get Opioid Overdose Survivors Into Treatment

NPR 10/24/2018

Knocking On Doors To Get Opioid Overdose Survivors Into Treatment

Texas Public Radio 10/24/2018
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