Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH

Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education and Director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program at Boston University 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 (BMC). He is also Medical Director of the Boston University Evidence-based SBIRT Student Training (BESST) Project and the Massachusetts SBIRT Training and Technical Assistance (MASBIRT TTA) program. He is past-president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). He was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House. In 2014 he received the American Medical Association “Award for Health Education” and in 2016 was awarded the first Educator of the Year Award by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Medicine by the American College of Physicians (ACP). His clinical, educational and research interests focus on opioid use disorders and safe and competent opioid prescribing for chronic pain.

Associate Dean
Boston University School of Medicine
Continuing Medical Education

Active Staff Hospital Privileges
Boston Medical Center

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

09/30/2015 - 03/29/2019 (PI)
HHS/SAMHSA/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

MASBIRT Training & Technical Assistance
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2019 (PI)

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. Bagley SM, Cheng DM, Winter M, Alford DP, LaBelle C, Walley AY, Samet JH. Opioid and cocaine use among primary care patients on buprenorphine-Self-report and urine drug tests. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 Nov 01; 192:245-249.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30290291.
  2. Alford DP, Carney BL, Jackson AH, Brett B, Bridden C, Winter M, Samet JH. Promoting addiction medicine teaching through functional mentoring by co-training generalist chief residents with faculty mentors. Subst Abus. 2018 Feb 16; 1-7.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29452056.
  3. Argoff CE, Alford DP, Fudin J, Adler JA, Bair MJ, Dart RC, Gandolfi R, McCarberg BH, Stanos SP, Gudin JA, Polomano RC, Webster LR. Rational Urine Drug Monitoring in Patients Receiving Opioids for Chronic Pain: Consensus Recommendations. Pain Med. 2018 Jan 01; 19(1):97-117. PMID: 29206984.
  4. 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.
  5. Vilkins AL, Bagley SM, Hahn KA, Rojas-Miguez F, Wachman EM, Saia K, Alford DP. Comparison of Post-Cesarean Section Opioid Analgesic Requirements in Women With Opioid Use Disorder Treated With Methadone or Buprenorphine. J Addict Med. 2017 Sep/Oct; 11(5):397-401.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28727661.
  6. Ruff AL, Alford DP, Butler R, Isaacson JH. Training internal medicine residents to manage chronic pain and prescription opioid misuse. Subst Abus. 2017 Apr-Jun; 38(2):200-204. PMID: 28394733; DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2017.1296526;.
  7. 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;.
  8. Alford DP, Cohen ML, Reynolds EE. How Would You Manage Opioid Use in These Three Patients?: Grand Rounds Discussion From Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Apr 04; 166(7):506-513. PMID: 28384742; DOI: 10.7326/M17-0287;.
  9. Levy S, Seale JP, Osborne VA, Kraemer KL, Alford DP, Baxter J, Finnell DS, Kunins H, Walley AY, Lewis DC, MacLane-Baeder D, Gordon AJ. The Surgeon General's Facing Addiction report: An historic document for health care. Subst Abus. 2017 Apr-Jun; 38(2):122.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28328384; DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2017.1309935;.
  10. Zisblatt L, Hayes SM, Lazure P, Hardesty I, White JL, Alford DP. Safe and competent opioid prescribing education: Increasing dissemination with a train-the-trainer program. Subst Abus. 2017 Apr-Jun; 38(2):168-176. PMID: 28418816; DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2016.1275927;.
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addiction medicine
chronic pain
pain medicine

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