Emily Hurstak, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
BS, Yale University

Dr. Emily Hurstak is the Medical Director for the Boston Medical Center’s Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Program and the Grayken Center for Addiction TTA's SUD Care Continuum ECHO. She is a primary care physician and addiction medicine specialist who provides primary medical care to patients at Boston Medical Center's General Internal Medicine and OBAT clinics. She has focused her work and research on improving the understanding and care of patients with co-morbid substance use disorders and chronic pain as well as studying health literacy and health communication techniques to improve care of vulnerable patients. She is board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine and is trained in medical acupuncture. Dr. Hurstak received her medical degree from Columbia University and completed her residency, chief residency, and fellowship at the University of California San Francisco.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Dr. Hurstak is committed to research on topics related to health equity and in particular aimed at reducing disparities in access to care for substance use disorders for diverse patient populations.

She is a co-chair of the diversity committee for the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction (AMERSA)

Dr. Hurstak is a co-investigator of the IDEAAA program (Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Addiction medicine, Addiction research and Allied health professions related to addiction) which has a stated mission to improve and foster diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging within the field of addiction through the education, mentorship, and advancement of people who are historically excluded and underrepresented in the addiction workforce. IDEAAA aims to leverage existing programs at BMC and Boston University (BU) to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging of underrepresented groups (URGs) within the field of addiction by utilizing the a three-pronged approach aimed at improving access to learning and mentorship opportunities related to addiction medicine.

Approach 1 strives to integrate addiction-related case studies, facilitate research projects and opportunities, and coordinate shadowing experiences into existing programs to engage young learners in the premedical, medical, and STEM pipeline from underrepresented groups.

Approach 2 extends outreach to existing addiction medicine training programs including, but not limited to, the Chief Resident Immersion Training Program in Addiction Medicine (CRIT), Fellow Immersion Training Program in Addiction Medicine (FIT), and Research in Addiction Medicine Scholars (RAMS) Program to improve successful application, participation, and retention of diverse trainees.

Approach 3 supports the retention of diverse faculty doing addiction-related work by linking junior faculty and trainees to resources including mentors, funded research projects, grants, and data.

Identifying Optimal Psychosocial Interventions for Patients Receiving Office-Based Buprenorphine
09/02/2019 - 10/01/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Patient-Cnt.Out. Res

Records for Alcohol Care Enhancement (RACE)
09/20/2021 - 05/31/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Emily Hurstak, MD, MPH
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Records for Alcohol Care Enhancement (RACE), transfer from BUSPH
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/NIH/DHHS

Improving Advance Care Planning in Oncology: A Pragmatic, Cluster-Randomized Trial Integrating Patient Videos and Clinician Communication Training
07/15/2019 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
Dana Farber Cancer Institute National Institute o


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  1. Joyce CT, Roseen EJ, Smith CN, Patterson CG, McDonough CM, Hurstak E, Morone NE, Beneciuk J, Stevans JM, Delitto A, Saper RB. A Cluster Analysis of Initial Primary Care Orders for Patients with Acute Low Back Pain. J Am Board Fam Med. 2024 Jan 05; 36(6):986-995.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38182423; DOI: 10.3122/jabfm.2023.230123R2;
  2. Hurstak E, Farina FR, Paasche-Orlow MK, Hahn EA, Henault LE, Moreno P, Weaver C, Marquez M, Serrano E, Thomas J, Griffith JW. COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Mediates the Relationship between Health Literacy and Vaccination in a Diverse Sample of Urban Adults. Vaccines (Basel). 2023 Dec 13; 11(12).View Related Profiles. PMID: 38140251; PMCID: PMC10747333; DOI: 10.3390/vaccines11121848;
  3. Harris MTH, Laks J, Hurstak E, Jain JP, Lambert AM, Maschke AD, Bagley SM, Farley J, Coffin PO, McMahan VM, Barrett C, Walley AY, Gunn CM. "If you're strung out and female, they will take advantage of you": A qualitative study exploring drug use and substance use service experiences among women in Boston and San Francisco. J Subst Use Addict Treat. 2024 Feb; 157:209190.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37866442
  4. Ly SM, Fitzpatrick AM, Canfield J, Powis A, So-Armah K, Hurstak EE. Improving DEIB in Addiction Medicine Training Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Program Evaluation. Subst Abus. 2023 Oct; 44(4):277-281.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37830542
  5. Lent MR, Dugosh KL, Hurstak E, Callahan HR, Mazur K. Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among adults initiating office-based buprenorphine. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2023 Jun 01; 18(1):37. PMID: 37264472; PMCID: PMC10233176; DOI: 10.1186/s13722-023-00393-y;
  6. Hurstak EE, Paasche-Orlow MK, Hahn EA, Henault LE, Taddeo MA, Moreno PI, Weaver C, Marquez M, Serrano E, Thomas J, Griffith JW. The mediating effect of health literacy on COVID-19 vaccine confidence among a diverse sample of urban adults in Boston and Chicago. Vaccine. 2023 Apr 06; 41(15):2562-2571.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36907736; PMCID: PMC9977617; DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.02.059;
  7. Chao MT, Hurstak E, Leonoudakis-Watts K, Sidders F, Pace J, Hammer H, Wismer B. Patient-Reported Outcomes of an Integrative Pain Management Program Implemented in a Primary Care Safety Net Clinic: a Quasi-experimental Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 07; 34(7):1105-1107. PMID: 30783878; PMCID: PMC6614211; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-019-04868-0;
  8. Hurstak E, Chao MT, Leonoudakis-Watts K, Pace J, Walcer B, Wismer B. Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Integrative Pain Management Program in a Primary Care Safety-Net Clinic. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Mar; 25(S1):S78-S85. PMID: 30870021; DOI: 10.1089/acm.2018.0398;
  9. Hurstak E, Rowe C, Turner C, Behar E, Cabugao R, Lemos NP, Burke C, Coffin P. Using medical examiner case narratives to improve opioid overdose surveillance. Int J Drug Policy. 2018 04; 54:35-42. PMID: 29353022; PMCID: PMC5899632; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.12.017;
  10. Hurstak E. Treating and Teaching: The San Francisco Free Clinic. Journal of the San Francisco and Marin Medical Societies. 2017; 90(6):24. View Publication
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2020 University of California Family and Community Medicine: Excellence in Teaching Award
2008 Columbia University School of Public Health: Jay Sharp Scholarship in Public Health
2006 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons : NIH Research Fellow
2005-2010 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: Daniel Noyes Brown Scholar in Primary Care and Community Health
2003 Yale University: Henry Hart Rice Fellow in International Development
2001 Yale University: Linck Humanitarian Fellowship
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