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

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 Boston Sustainable Models for unhealthy Alcohol use Reduction (B SMART) Program
09/30/2018 - 09/29/2022 (PI)

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. Kertesz SG, Satel SL, DeMicco J, Dart RC, Alford DP. Opioid discontinuation as an institutional mandate: Questions and answers on why we wrote to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Subst Abus. 2019 May 17; 1-3. PMID: 31100051.
  2. Alford DP, Lazure P, Murray S, Hardesty I, Krause JR, White JL. National Trends in Prescription Opioid Risk Mitigation Practices: Implications for Prescriber Education. Pain Med. 2019 May 01; 20(5):907-915. PMID: 30789651.
  3. Hamnvik OR, Alford DP, Ryan CT, Hardesty IT, Drazen JM. NEJM Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids - A New Adaptive Learning Module. N Engl J Med. 2019 04 18; 380(16):1576-1577.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30969501.
  4. Roy P, Jackson AH, Baxter J, Brett B, Winter M, Hardesty I, Alford DP. Utilizing a Faculty Development Program to Promote Safer Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain in Internal Medicine Resident Practices. Pain Med. 2019 04 01; 20(4):707-716.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30649546.
  5. Kroenke K, Alford DP, Argoff C, Canlas B, Covington E, Frank JW, Haake KJ, Hanling S, Hooten WM, Kertesz SG, Kravitz RL, Krebs EE, Stanos SP, Sullivan M. Challenges with Implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Guideline: A Consensus Panel Report. Pain Med. 2019 04 01; 20(4):724-735. PMID: 30690556.
  6. Hill J, Alford DP. Prescription Medication Misuse. Semin Neurol. 2018 12; 38(6):654-664. PMID: 30522141.
  7. 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 11 01; 192:245-249.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30290291.
  8. 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; 39(3):377-383.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29452056.
  9. 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 01 01; 19(1):97-117. PMID: 29206984.
  10. 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.
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addiction medicine
chronic pain
pain medicine

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