Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH

Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education 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. 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 School of Medicine
Continuing Medical Education

Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit

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 SAFEST Choice Learning Collaborative
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
Maternal Child Health Bureau

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 - 06/30/2021 (PI)

DATA Waiver Training Course for Massachusetts Students (WCMS)
09/30/2019 - 09/29/2020 (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. 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. 2021 Aug 17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34405344; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-021-07095-8;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. 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 Apr 25; 213:108001.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32563116
  6. 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
  7. Levy S, Seale JP, Alford DP. Medicine, with a focus on physicians: Addressing substance use in the 21st century. Subst Abus. 2019; 40(4):396-404. PMID: 31774388
  8. 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; 40(4):466-468. PMID: 31361588
  9. 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; 40(1):4-6. PMID: 31100051
  10. 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 05 01; 20(5):907-915. PMID: 30789651
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addiction medicine
chronic pain
pain medicine

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