Christopher W. Shanahan, MD, MPH

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. 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.

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2017 Society of General Internal Medicine: Quality & Practice Innovation Award (Clinical Addiction, Research and Education (CARE) Unit
2016 Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) Conference: Best Workshop, Teaching Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing: A Toolkit for All Levels of Expertise
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
2003 Mattapan Community Health Center: Edmond Steele Commitment to Excellence Award
2000 Boston University School of Medicine: Faculty Scholar – Centers of Excellence in Geriatric and Community Medicine
1998-2000 American College of Physician Executives: Management Scholar

Catalyzing ORCID iD Adoption and Integration at Boston University and Beyond
10/01/2013 - 09/30/2014 (PI)

Optimizing Pain Control and Safety in Patients Prescribed Opiod after Day Surgery
07/01/2014 - 09/30/2015 (PI)
CareFusion Foundation

Factors Influencing Use of Cancer Genetics by Physicians
08/05/2002 - 07/31/2005 (PI)
University of Vermont NIH-NCI

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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. Tsui JI, Walley AY, Cheng DM, Lira MC, Liebschutz JM, Forman LS, Sullivan MM, Colasanti J, Root C, O'Connor K, Shanahan CW, Bridden CL, Del Rio C, Samet JH. Provider opioid prescribing practices and the belief that opioids keep people living with HIV engaged in care: a cross-sectional study. AIDS Care. 2019 Jan 11; 1-5.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30632790; DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1566591;.
  2. Liebschutz JM, Lange AV, Heymann OD, Lasser KE, Corey P, Shanahan CW, Kopinski HS, Husain JM, Cushman PA, Parker VA. Communication between nurse care managers and patients who take opioids for chronic pain: Strategies for exploring aberrant behavior. J Opioid Manag. 2018 May/Jun; 14(3):191-202.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30044484.
  3. Liebschutz JM, Xuan Z, Shanahan CW, LaRochelle M, Keosaian J, Beers D, Guara G, O'Connor K, Alford DP, Parker V, Weiss RD, Samet JH, Crosson J, Cushman PA, Lasser KE. Improving Adherence to Long-term Opioid Therapy Guidelines to Reduce Opioid Misuse in Primary Care: A Cluster-Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Sep 01; 177(9):1265-1272.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28715535.
  4. 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-Jun; 38(2):222-229.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28394736; DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2017.1296525;.
  5. 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 Publication
  6. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26256769; DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2015.06.018;.
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25974844; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000349;.
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25992386; DOI: 10.13063/2327-9214.1116;.
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25599455; DOI: 10.1097/01.j.pain.0000460314.73358.ff;.
  10. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25529863; PMCID: PMC4368484; DOI: 10.1111/pme.12602;.
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I can provide mentoring and support on post-residency training job selection for individual's considering General Internal Medicine and/or Primary Care positions in Community Health Centers in Under-served Communities. In particular I can help facilitate connections with the 14 Boston HealthNet Health Centers Affiliates with Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine.

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