James J. O'Connell, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, Harvard University




Dr. O’Connell graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1970 and received his master’s degree in theology from Cambridge University in 1972. After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1982, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1985, Dr. O'Connell began fulltime clinical work with homeless individuals as the founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, which now serves over 11,000 homeless persons each year in two hospital-based clinics (Boston Medical Center and MGH) and in more than 45 shelters and outreach sites in Boston. With his colleagues, Dr. O’Connell established the nation’s first medical respite program for homeless persons in 1985, with 25 beds nested within the Lemuel Shattuck Shelter. This innovative program now provides acute and sub-acute, pre- and post-operative, and palliative and end-of-life care in BHCHP’s 104-bed Barbara McInnis House.

Working with the MGH Laboratory of Computer Science, Dr. O’Connell designed and implemented the nation’s first computerized medical record for a homeless program in 1995. From 1989 until 1996, Dr. O'Connell served as the National Program Director of the Homeless Families Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dr. O’Connell is the editor of The Health Care of Homeless Persons: A Manual of Communicable Diseases and Common Problems in Shelters and on the Streets. His articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Clinical Ethics, and several other medical journals.

Dr. O’Connell has been featured on ABC’s Nightline and in a feature-length documentary entitled “Give Me a Shot of Anything.” His first book, Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor, was published in 2015 and featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He has received numerous awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award in 2012 and The Trustees’ Medal at the bicentennial celebration of MGH in 2011. Dr. O’Connell is president of BHCHP and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program


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  1. Baggett TP, Racine MW, Lewis E, De Las Nueces D, O'Connell JJ, Bock B, Gaeta JM. Addressing COVID-19 Among People Experiencing Homelessness: Description, Adaptation, and Early Findings of a Multiagency Response in Boston. Public Health Rep. 2020 Jul/Aug; 135(4):435-441.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32516035
     
  2. Jain SH, Baackes J, O'Connell JJ. Homeless Special Needs Plans for People Experiencing Homelessness. JAMA. 2020 Feb 13. PMID: 32053152
     
  3. Koh KA, Racine M, Gaeta JM, Goldie J, Martin DP, Bock B, Takach M, O'Connell JJ, Song Z. Health Care Spending And Use Among People Experiencing Unstable Housing In The Era Of Accountable Care Organizations. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 Feb; 39(2):214-223.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32011951
     
  4. Roncarati JS, O'Connell JJ, Hwang SW, Baggett TP, Cook EF, Krieger N, Sorensen G. The Use of High-Risk Criteria to Assess Mortality Risk among Unsheltered Homeless Persons. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020; 31(1):441-454. PMID: 32037341
     
  5. Angoff GH, O'Connell JJ, Gaeta JM, De Las Nueces D, Lawrence M, Nembang S, Baggett TP. Electronic medical record implementation for a healthcare system caring for homeless people. JAMIA Open. 2019 Apr; 2(1):89-98.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31984348
     
  6. Roncarati JS, Baggett TP, O'Connell JJ, Hwang SW, Cook EF, Krieger N, Sorensen G. Mortality Among Unsheltered Homeless Adults in Boston, Massachusetts, 2000-2009. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 09 01; 178(9):1242-1248. PMID: 30073282
     
  7. Barocas JA, Beiser M, León C, Gaeta JM, O'Connell JJ, Linas BP. Experience and Outcomes of Hepatitis C Treatment in a Cohort of Homeless and Marginally Housed Adults. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 06 01; 177(6):880-882.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28395004; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0358;
     
  8. Koh HK, O'Connell JJ. Improving Health Care for Homeless People. JAMA. 2016 12 27; 316(24):2586-2587. PMID: 28027356
     
  9. Kertesz SG, Baggett TP, O'Connell JJ, Buck DS, Kushel MB. Permanent Supportive Housing for Homeless People - Reframing the Debate. N Engl J Med. 2016 12 01; 375(22):2115-2117. PMID: 27959753
     
  10. Baggett TP, Chang Y, Singer DE, Porneala BC, Gaeta JM, O'Connell JJ, Rigotti NA. Tobacco-, alcohol-, and drug-attributable deaths and their contribution to mortality disparities in a cohort of homeless adults in Boston. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jun; 105(6):1189-97.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25521869; PMCID: PMC4431083; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302248;
     
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