Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, Harvard University

Trained in internal medicine and preventive medicine, Dr. Liebschutz is a primary care physician, substance use researcher, educator, and administrator. She is the Associate Chief for Faculty Affairs, Section of General Internal Medicine. She is the Director of the combined General Internal Medicine-Family Medicine and General Pediatrics Academic Fellowship. She is also Wellness Director for Boston Medical Center.

Dr. Liebschutz’s research agenda focuses on the intersection of substance use, violence, and mental health within the practice of general medical care. She has conducted observational and intervention studies with opioid prescribing for chronic pain in primary care, including a R01 study examining implementation of the Chronic Care Model. This included developing a nationally recognized website, www.mytopcare.org, with tools for opioid prescribing in primary care. She has also conducted randomized trials for treatment of opioid and injection drug use disorders of hospitalized patients linking to treatment or conducting behavioral interventions to reduce medical complications. She has co-led a 25-year birth cohort to examine young adult outcomes after prenatal cocaine exposure. She uses both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including implementation science, epidemiology, and health services research methods. Her early career focused heavily on violence and health impacts, and she continues to bring those themes into her current work on substance use disorder.

Her research and educational endeavors have been supported by the National Institutes of Health- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Health Resources and Services Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, the American Cancer Society, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research.

She has mentored dozens of rising health professionals and researchers, from undergraduates to junior faculty. One of her areas of focus is on self-care and wellness. In her role as Wellness Director for Boston Medical Center Medical-Dental Staff, she has initiated various programs, including a wellness website, www.bumc.bu.edu/wellness. She has also focused on the impact of race on clinician and academic faculty.

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences

Active Staff Hospital Privileges
Boston Medical Center

Faculty Development in Primary Care
09/30/2014 - 09/29/2017 (PI)
HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration

Faculty Development in Primary Care
09/30/2011 - 09/29/2016 (PI)
HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration

Faculty Development in Primary Care
09/30/2011 - 09/29/2014 (PI)
HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration

Identifying Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Primary Care
07/01/2002 - 06/30/2007 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

BU Preventive Medicine Residency Program
07/01/2002 - 06/30/2005 (PI)
American Cancer Society, National

HRSA Primary Care
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2021 (PI)

Preventive Medicine Residencies
07/01/2013 - 06/30/2018 (PI)

Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice
07/15/2012 - 06/30/2018 (Activity-level PI)
PI: Karen E. Lasser, MD, MPH

Preventing Bacterial and Viral Infections Among Injection Drug users
09/09/2016 - 04/30/2018 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University NIH-NIDA

Preventing Bacterial and Viral Infections among Injection Drug Users
06/15/2013 - 04/30/2018 (PI)
Butler Hospital NIH-NIDA

Prenatal Cocaine Exposure: Young Adult Follow Up
07/01/2010 - 03/31/2017 (Activity-level PI)
PI: Deborah A. Frank, MD

HRSA Primary Care
07/01/2011 - 06/30/2016 (PI)

BMC Integrative Medicine and Preventative Medicine Program Collaboration
09/30/2012 - 09/29/2014 (PI)

Linkage of Hospitalized Opioid Users to Buprenorphine
05/01/2009 - 03/31/2014 (PI)
Butler Hospital NIH-NIDA

BU Preventive Medicine Residency Program
01/01/2008 - 06/30/2012 (PI)
American Cancer Soc

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2016 Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice 3R01DA034252-04S1 3
2016 Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice 4R01DA034252-05 3
2014 Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice 3R01DA034252-02S1 3
2014 Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice 5R01DA034252-03 3
2014 Prenatal Cocaine Exposure: Young Adult Follow Up 5R01DA006532-25 35
2013 Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice 3R01DA034252-01S1 3
2013 Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice 5R01DA034252-02 3
2013 Prenatal Cocaine Exposure: Young Adult Follow Up 5R01DA006532-24 35
2012 Prenatal Cocaine Exposure: Young Adult Follow Up 3R01DA006532-23S2 35
2012 Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice 1R01DA034252-01 3
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  1. Stewart C, Kopinski H, Liebschutz J, Holmdahl I, Keosaian J, Herman D, Anderson B, Stein M. The provision of cell phones as a recruitment and retention strategy for people who inject drugs enrolling in a randomized trial. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 Mar 01; 184:20-25.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29402675.
  2. Merlin JS, Young SR, Starrels JL, Azari S, Edelman EJ, Pomeranz J, Roy P, Saini S, Becker WC, Liebschutz JM. Managing Concerning Behaviors in Patients Prescribed Opioids for Chronic Pain: A Delphi Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Feb; 33(2):166-176.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29204977.
  3. Phillips KT, Anderson BJ, Herman DS, Liebschutz JM, Stein MD. Risk Factors Associated With Skin and Soft Tissue Infections Among Hospitalized People Who Inject Drugs. J Addict Med. 2017 Nov/Dec; 11(6):461-467.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28767536.
  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. Rose-Jacobs R, Richardson MA, Buchanan-Howland K, Chen CA, Cabral H, Heeren TC, Liebschutz J, Forman L, Frank DA. Intrauterine exposure to tobacco and executive functioning in high school. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Jul 01; 176:169-175.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28544995.
  6. 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;.
  7. Washington DM, Paasche-Orlow MK, Liebschutz JM. Promoting Progress or Propagating Problems: Strategic Plans and the Advancement of Academic Faculty Diversity in U.S. Medical Schools. J Natl Med Assoc. 2017 Summer; 109(2):72-78.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28599759.
  8. Lee CS, Liebschutz JM, Anderson BJ, Stein MD. Hospitalized opioid-dependent patients: Exploring predictors of buprenorphine treatment entry and retention after discharge. Am J Addict. 2017 Oct; 26(7):667-672.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28324627; DOI: 10.1111/ajad.12533;.
  9. Gardiner P, Lestoquoy AS, Gergen-Barnett K, Penti B, White LF, Saper R, Fredman L, Stillman S, Lily Negash N, Adelstein P, Brackup I, Farrell-Riley C, Kabbara K, Laird L, Mitchell S, Bickmore T, Shamekhi A, Liebschutz JM. Design of the integrative medical group visits randomized control trial for underserved patients with chronic pain and depression. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Mar; 54:25-35.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27979754; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.12.013;.
  10. Larochelle MR, Liebschutz JM, Zhang F, Ross-Degnan D, Wharam JF. Opioid Prescribing After Nonfatal Overdose and Association With Repeated Overdose. Ann Intern Med. 2016 09 06; 165(5):376-7.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27595218; DOI: 10.7326/L16-0168;.
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Bar chart showing 70 publications over 19 distinct years, with a maximum of 9 publications in 2014 and 2016

In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

chronic pain
fellowship education
Intimate Partner Violence
prescription drug abuse
preventive medicine
primary care
substance abuse

I am Associate Chief for Faculty Affairs of the Section of General Internal, Director of the Family Medicine-General Internal Medicine-General Pediatrics combined primary care academic fellowship, Wellness Director for Boston Medical Center, and recent past-Chair of the Department of Medicine Faculty Development and Diversity Committee. I have also served as a facilitator for the newly launched CTSI “Training the Mentor Program”. I have been advisor to the mid-career faculty development program, and serve as a field mentor for the early-career faculty development program.

My research expertise is the interrelationship between addiction, violence and primary care, with a specific expertise in prescription opioid misuse, and development of interventions in general medical settings to prevent and treat opioid use disorders. I have successfully mentored 26 student, post-doctoral and junior faculty trainees on research projects, including educational research. I have also mentored dozens of students, fellows, and faculty in career development. I lead faculty development and mentoring programs in the largest section in the largest department at Boston University School of Medicine.

I am energized by all my roles in life: clinician, researcher, educator, administrator, leader, wife, mother, daughter, community member and enjoy helping other find the energy and joy in their roles. The best part of my work is mentoring and helping others in all stages of their careers to develop and grow. I focus on my mentee’s individual goals, facilitating them to capitalize on his or her strengths and values to achieve the goals. I take people where they are at and help them develop realistic and optimistic goals. In addition, I see myself as a sponsor, connecting mentees with others who may help them move forward in their goals.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Career Mentor
  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Diversity Mentor
  • Education Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
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