Christopher W. Shanahan, MD, MPH FACP Hear my name
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
BA, Rutgers University–Camden

Pronouns: he/him/his

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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

My entire medical career has been devoted to working in numerous underserved neighborhoods/cities that are home to communities of persons of color a/o individuals that are poor or marginalized because of stigmatized behaviors or medical/social conditions (DEIA) (e.g., Homelessness, Substance Use Disorder, Serious Mental Illness, etc.) and the medical and social consequences of these unhealthy states and exposures. I have worked with patients in these communities suffering from these issues for my entire professional career. I have cared for patients in Newark, NJ, Bronx, NYC, and in multiple Boston neighborhoods, including the South End, Roxbury, Roxbury Crossing, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester Mattapan, Roslindale, and Hyde Park. I have worked in Homeless shelters and a federally funded Community Health Center. I have used the Community Medicine Unit to support the BMC-affiliated clinicians working in these and other underserved communities, subsequently improving their patients' care. The Kathleen Bennet Memorial Lecture in Community Medicine has enhanced attention, awareness, and quality in the care of populations by community-based clinicians. I have also worked to help recruit and place physicians interested in working with Underserved Urban Primary Care Populations by recruiting and helping facilitate the hiring of committed and highly trained Primary Care Physicians for the Boston HealthNet Network.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit

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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  1. Casanova NL, LeClair AM, Xiao V, Mullikin KR, Lemon SC, Freund KM, Haas JS, Freedman RA, Battaglia TA. Development of a workflow process mapping protocol to inform the implementation of regional patient navigation programs in breast oncology. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2649-2658.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35699611; PMCID: PMC9201987; DOI: 10.1002/cncr.33944;
  2. Colasanti JA, Del Rio C, Cheng DM, Liebschutz JM, Lira MC, Tsui JI, Walley AY, Forman LS, Root C, Shanahan CW, Bridden CL, Harris C, Outlaw K, Armstrong WS, Samet JH. A collaborative care intervention to improve opioid prescribing among providers caring for persons with HIV: Impact on satisfaction, confidence, and trust. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 02 01; 231:109250.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34998255; PMCID: PMC10763596; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.109250;
  3. Alford DP, Kim TW, Samet JH, Cruz AB, Brolin MF, Shanahan CW, Saitz R. Prevalence and Correlates of Positive Follow-up Screens in Primary Care for Unhealthy Alcohol and Other Drug Use After a Negative Screen. J Addict Med. 2022 Jul-Aug 01; 16(4):e219-e224.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34799491; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000917;
  4. Samet JH, Tsui JI, Cheng DM, Liebschutz JM, Lira MC, Walley AY, Colasanti JA, Forman LS, Root C, Shanahan CW, Sullivan MM, Bridden CL, Abrams C, Harris C, Outlaw K, Armstrong WS, Del Rio C. Improving the Delivery of Chronic Opioid Therapy Among People Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 10 05; 73(7):e2052-e2058.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32697847; PMCID: PMC8492355; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1025;
  5. Shanahan CW, Reding O, Holmdahl I, Keosaian J, Xuan Z, McAneny D, Larochelle M, Liebschutz J. Opioid analgesic use after ambulatory surgery: a descriptive prospective cohort study of factors associated with quantities prescribed and consumed. BMJ Open. 2021 08 12; 11(8):e047928.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34385249; PMCID: PMC8362709; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-047928;
  6. Haas JS, Lemon SC, Freund KM, Battaglia TA. Outside Our Walls: the Case for City-Wide Collaboration to Reduce Disparities. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 01; 36(1):211-213.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32720235; PMCID: PMC7859124; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-020-06006-7;
  7. Bart GB, Saxon A, Fiellin DA, McNeely J, Muench JP, Shanahan CW, Huntley K, Gore-Langton RE. Developing a clinical decision support for opioid use disorders: a NIDA center for the clinical trials network working group report. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2020 01 16; 15(1):4. PMID: 31948487; PMCID: PMC6966783; DOI: 10.1186/s13722-020-0180-2;
  8. Lira MC, Tsui JI, Liebschutz JM, Colasanti J, Root C, Cheng DM, Walley AY, Sullivan M, Shanahan C, O'Connor K, Abrams C, Forman LS, Chaisson C, Bridden C, Podolsky MC, Outlaw K, Harris CE, Armstrong WS, Del Rio C, Samet JH. Study protocol for the targeting effective analgesia in clinics for HIV (TEACH) study - a cluster randomized controlled trial and parallel cohort to increase guideline concordant care for long-term opioid therapy among people living with HIV. HIV Res Clin Pract. 2019 04; 20(2):48-63.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31303143; PMCID: PMC6693587; DOI: 10.1080/15284336.2019.1627509;
  9. 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 09; 31(9):1140-1144.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30632790; PMCID: PMC6625838; DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1566591;
  10. 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
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2020 American College of Physicians (ACP): Awardee, Award for Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Medicine
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

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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