Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH Hear my name

Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine (BUSM). He is on staff in the Section of General Internal Medicine and Director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit at Boston Medical Center. He is the Director of the BUSM Safer/Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program which has trained over 240,000 healthcare providers nationally. He is past-president of the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA). He has been recognized as a “Champion of Change” by the White House and has received the American Medical Association’s “Award for Health Education”, the American Society of Addiction Medicine “Educator of the Year Award”, the American College of Physicians “Award for Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Medicine” and the AMERSA “McGovern Award for Excellence in Medical Education”. His clinical, educational and research interests focus on managing opioid use disorders and safer and more competent opioid prescribing for managing pain.

Associate Dean
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Continuing Medical Education

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

The Boston University Evidence -Based SBIRT student Training (BESST) program
09/30/2015 - 03/29/2019 (PI)
HHS/SAMHSA/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

The SAFEST Choice Learning Collaborative
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
Maternal and Child Health Bureau/HRSA/DHHS

The Boston Sustainable Models for unhealthy Alcohol use Reduction (B SMART) Program
09/30/2018 - 08/29/2023 (PI)
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities/CDC/DHHS
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MASBIRT Training & Technical Assistance
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health / DPH

The Alcohol and other Drugs Education Program(ADEP) for Social Work Faculty
09/01/2017 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
Colorado Seminary NIH-NIAAA

SBIRT Development, Implementation & Integration
07/01/2012 - 06/30/2017 (PI)

MASBIRT TTA: Harbor Health Services Health Center Cluster
11/01/2014 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
Harbor Health Services, Inc. HRSA

National Infrastructure for Translating Addiction Research into Clinical Practice - Model Addiction
09/10/2011 - 08/31/2014 (PI)
Research Foundation of State Univ of NY NIH-NIAAA

Prescription Behavior Surveillance System (PBSS)/FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research(CDER) P
07/01/2012 - 09/30/2013 (PI)
Brandeis University DOJ

MA Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment(SBIRT)
09/15/2006 - 06/14/2012 (PI)


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  1. Canfield J, Truong V, Bereznicka A, Bridden C, Liebschutz J, Alford DP, Saitz R, Samet JH, Walley AY, Lunze K. Evaluation of a student clinical research education program in addiction medicine. Ann Med. 2023 Dec; 55(1):361-370.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36629696; PMCID: PMC9848279; DOI: 10.1080/07853890.2022.2154833;
  2. Alford DP, German JS, Bangham C, Harlowe A, Greece J. Alcohol screening during COVID-19 surges in an urban health system the United States. Prev Med Rep. 2023 Jun; 33:102197.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37034300; PMCID: PMC10069086; DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2023.102197;
  3. Walker DM, Childerhose JE, Chen S, Coovert N, Jackson RD, Kurien N, McAlearney AS, Volney J, Alford DP, Bosak J, Oyler DR, Stinson LK, Behrooz M, Christopher MC, Drainoni ML. Exploring perspectives on changing opioid prescribing practices: A qualitative study of community stakeholders in the HEALing Communities Study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 04 01; 233:109342.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35151024; PMCID: PMC8957585; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109342;
  4. 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;
  5. Larochelle MR, Cruz R, Kosakowski S, Gourlay DL, Alford DP, Xuan Z, Krebs EE, Yan S, Lasser KE, Samet JH, Liebschutz JM. Do Urine Drug Tests Reveal Substance Misuse Among Patients Prescribed Opioids for Chronic Pain? J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Aug; 37(10):2365-2372.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34405344; PMCID: PMC9360386; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-021-07095-8;
  6. Roseen EJ, Kasali BA, Corcoran K, Masselli K, Laird L, Saper RB, Alford DP, Cohen E, Lisi A, Atlas SJ, Bean JF, Evans R, Bussières A. Doctors of chiropractic working with or within integrated healthcare delivery systems: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2021 01 25; 11(1):e043754.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33495261; PMCID: PMC7839851; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043754;
  7. Laks J, Alford DP, Patel K, Jones M, Armstrong E, Waite K, Henault L, Paasche-Orlow MK. A National Survey on Patient Provider Agreements When Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 03; 36(3):600-605.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33420560; PMCID: PMC7947101; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-020-06364-2;
  8. Winhusen T, Walley A, Fanucchi LC, Hunt T, Lyons M, Lofwall M, Brown JL, Freeman PR, Nunes E, Beers D, Saitz R, Stambaugh L, Oga EA, Herron N, Baker T, Cook CD, Roberts MF, Alford DP, Starrels JL, Chandler RK. The Opioid-overdose Reduction Continuum of Care Approach (ORCCA): Evidence-based practices in the HEALing Communities Study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 12 01; 217:108325.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33091842; PMCID: PMC7533113; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108325;
  9. Bertholet N, Meli S, Palfai TP, Cheng DM, Alford DP, Bernstein J, Samet JH, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Saitz R. Screening and brief intervention for lower-risk drug use in primary care: A pilot randomized trial. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Aug 01; 213:108001.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32563116; PMCID: PMC10772359; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108001;
  10. John RS, Salas-Wright CP, Amodeo M, Chassler D, Alford DP. Faculty education in addiction training (FEAT): Evaluating an online training program for multidisciplinary health professions educators. Subst Abus. 2020; 41(3):292-296. PMID: 32697174
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Rethinking Alcohol Use Disorder Preventing Screening via Virtual Care

Patient Engagement HIT 4/11/2023

Introduction to Improving Telehealth and Virtual Care for Pain Management and Opioid/Substance Use Disorder

National Academy of Medicine 6/29/2022

There’s a Revolution Happening in Harm Reduction for Drug Users. Can Our Broken Health Care System Handle It?

New Republic 12/17/2021

Undercover Providence Police Faked Withdrawal Symptoms and Solicited Suboxone

The Appeal 3/10/2020

A Perfect Storm of Missteps Brought the Opioid Epidemic

MD Magazine 3/9/2020

Treading the Tightrope of Opioid Restrictions

Nature 9/11/2019

Listen Up: Here’s Our Roundup of Boston University Podcasts

BU Today 6/19/2019

Addiction used to be someone else’s problem. Doctors graduating today are eager to take it on

Boston Globe 5/28/2019

Potential for opioid misuse creates prescribing challenges for internists

Healio 4/13/2019

Does science show that unprescribed buprenorphine saves lives?

Politifact 4/7/2019

Will Fewer Opioid Prescriptions Help Kick The Crisis?

PBS Newshour 3/15/2019

Good News: Opioids Prescribing Fell. The Bad? Pain Patients Suffer, Doctors Say

The New York Times 3/6/2019

Clinicians' Use Of 'Safer' Opioid-Prescribing Practices Spotty

Reuters Health 3/5/2019

Health experts offer solutions for unintended consequences of opioid crackdown

Fox News 12/13/2018

Boston Medical Center’s talk examines law in opioid epidemic

The Daily Free Press 11/16/2018

Physicians' poor addiction training makes healthcare's opioid battle like 'fighting World War II with only the Coast Guard'

Becker’s Hospital Review 9/11/2018

A Dire Need in Addiction Medicine

WRAL 9/10/2018

Underused Weapon In the War on Addiction

Managed Care Magazine 1/1/2018

2016 American Society of Addiction Medicine: Educator of the Year Award
2016 American College of Physicians: Award for Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Medicine
2015 Society of General Internal Medicine: Best Paper of the Year
2014 American Medical Association: Health Education Award
2014 White House Office of National Drug Control Policy: Outstanding Prevention Effort
2011 White House Offices of Public Engagement and Office of National Drug Control Policyl: Champion of Change
2011 Massachusetts Medical Law Report: Hero from the Field
2010 American Society of Addiction Medicine: Fellow
2007 , American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AOTOD): Nyswander-Dole (Career Achievement) Award
2007 Boston Magazine: Best Doctors
2005-2006 Best Doctors in America
2002 Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA): New Investigator/Educator Award
1999 BUSM: Excellence in Teaching Award
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addiction medicine
chronic pain
pain medicine

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