Brian R. Penti, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Family Medicine

MD, Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Brian Penti graduated from Boston University and attended the BU family medicine residency program, where he served as the chief resident. He began work as a hospitalist for BMC Dept of FM beginning '07, and then adding both outpatient clinic and rounding on mombaby service. He later became the Assistant Inpatient Director of Clinical Education under the direction of Chris Manasseh since 2010. Dr. Penti is involved in many international health projects, including serving as the former Medical Director for the Hoi An Foundation (, addressing unmet healthcare needs in rural Vietnam, and continuing involvement with the Lesotho Boston Health Alliance. There he focuses on the educational needs of doctors in the family medicine specialty program. He was awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism Award from BUSM in 2004 and 2012. Currently, he is pursuing an academic research fellowship with the department, focusing on safe opioid prescribing and issues related to gender-based violence.

Dr. Penti's interests focus on inpatient hospital medicine (both adults and pediatrics), working w/ homeless & immigrant populations, and international health (specific experience in both Lesotho and Vietnam).
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.

  1. Penti B, Timmons J, Adams D. The Role of the Physician When a Patient Discloses Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration: A Literature Review. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018 Jul-Aug; 31(4):635-644. PMID: 29986990.
  2. Hatoun J, Davis-Plourde K, Penti B, Cabral H, Kazis L. Tobacco Control Laws and Pediatric Asthma. Pediatrics. 2018 Jan; 141(Suppl 1):S130-S136.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29292313.
  3. Penti B, Tran H, Timmons J, Rothman EF, Wilkinson J. Physicians' Experiences with Male Patients Who Perpetrate Intimate Partner Violence. J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 Mar-Apr; 30(2):239-247.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28379831; DOI: 10.3122/jabfm.2017.02.160258;.
  4. Gardiner P, Lestoquoy AS, Gergen-Barnett K, Penti B, White LF, Saper R, Fredman L, Stillman S, Lily Negash N, Adelstein P, Brackup I, Farrell-Riley C, Kabbara K, Laird L, Mitchell S, Bickmore T, Shamekhi A, Liebschutz JM. Design of the integrative medical group visits randomized control trial for underserved patients with chronic pain and depression. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Mar; 54:25-35.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27979754; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.12.013;.
  5. Penti B, Liebschutz JM, Kopcza B, Xuan Z, Odell C, Saper R. Novel peer review method for improving controlled substance prescribing in primary care. J Opioid Manag. 2016 Jul-Aug; 12(4):269-79.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27575828; DOI: 10.5055/jom.2016.0342;.
  6. Jack B, Bickmore T, Hempstead M, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L, Sadikova E, Mitchell S, Gardiner P, Adigun F, Penti B, Schulman D, Damus K. Reducing Preconception Risks Among African American Women with Conversational Agent Technology. J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Jul-Aug; 28(4):441-51.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26152434; PMCID: PMC4739811; DOI: 10.3122/jabfm.2015.04.140327;.

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Bar chart showing 6 publications over 4 distinct years, with a maximum of 2 publications in 2016 and 2018

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