I'm currently an infectious disease attending physician at Boston Medical Center, with rank of assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine. My passions are in health inequities, health justice, and care for the underserved. I have a special interest in the interface of infectious diseases and addiction medicine, both clinically and in terms of research and advocacy.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
2014-2016 Downstate Dialogues, Brooklyn, NY
Organized “White Coat Die-In” demonstration covered by local news to raise awareness about racism in medicine. Facilitated monthly dialogue group to host conversations about health inequities and social determinants of health. Topics included the role of healthcare professionals in activism, implicit bias, narrative medicine workshops, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, etc. Organized Power and Privilege workshops for new medical student orientation (required for all students). Role: Founder/President
2015 Letter to Surgeon General, New York, NY
National open letter drafted by 5 NYC-area medical students calling upon the Surgeon General to address structural violence and racism as public health issues. Garnered 1,000+ signatures from medical students around the country. Initiated conversations with Surgeon General’s office on how to move forward with these issues. Role: Co-Writer/Organizer
2020 Boston Trainee Physicians 4 Black Lives, Boston, MA
Created and circulated messaging group for Boston-area residents and fellows to rapidly mobilize in support of anti-racist actions and protests, ultimately with 200+ members. Hosted and organized weekly e meetings and connected individuals to facilitate in-hospital solidarity efforts and coordination of similar asks across institutions. Role: Founder/Organizer
2020-2021 White Coats 4 Black Lives at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Organized BIDMC-specific trainees to increase anti-racist efforts at our institution. Coorganized hospital network-wide solidarity event with 200+ in-person attendees and 900+ Zoom attendees to affirm Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH)’s recognition of racism as a public health crisis and commitment to anti-racist action. Advocated for transparency and increase in recruitment of candidates who are under-represented in medicine (UiM), building pipelines via mentorship efforts. Coordinated curricular change which grew into the internal medicine residency’s Social Justice Pathway. Created lending library of anti-racist texts for internal medicine housestaff. Increased support of local BIPOC-owned restaurants by advocating for 20% of residency lunches to be purchased from these institutions. Role: Co-founder
2022 Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Revamped Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page for fellowship website. Role: Author
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other
sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can
to make corrections and additions.
Rowley CF & Li A. “Opioid Use Disorder and Endocarditis.” In B Norton (Ed.). The Opioid Epidemic and Infectious Diseases, 1e. Elsevier. New York. 2021; 125-160.
Li A, Rosenthal ES, Rapoport AB, Rowley CF. Opioid use disorder and infectious complications in persons who inject drugs. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2020; 58(2):4-11. PMID: 32073421; DOI: 10.1097/AIA.0000000000000276;
Eilertson B, Chen L, Li A, Chavda KD, Chavda B, Kreiswirth BN. CG258 Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates without ß-lactam resistance at the onset of the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae epidemic in New York City. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2019 Jan 01; 74(1):17-21. PMID: 30272172; PMCID: PMC6293082; DOI: 10.1093/jac/dky394;
This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown,
or last author.
2022 Harvard Medical School & Harvard School of Dental Medicine:
Nominee for Equity Social Justice & Advocacy Award
2021 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
Steven E. Weinberger Award
2020 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
James L. Tullis Award
2018 SUNY Downstate College of Medicine:
Eli A. Friedman Award for Distinction in Internal Medicine
2017 SUNY Downstate College of Medicine:
Gold Humanism Honor Society
2017 Pharos Poetry Competition:
2nd place (Alpha Omega Alpha)