Joshua A. Barocas, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

MD, George Washington University School of Medicine

Pronouns: he/him/his



Joshua Barocas, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine and Infectious Diseases physician at Boston Medical Center. . He received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and was subsequently Chief Resident at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Barocas completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

He leads an an interdisciplinary research program that is specifically aimed at the goal of improving health outcomes for patients with infectious diseases including HIV and HCV, substance use disorders, and other vulnerable populations. His research, which uses clinical epidemiology, health economics, simulation modeling, and cost-effectiveness, informs clinical-decision making and health policy to answer clinically- and policy-relevant questions. He is engaged in research using these innovative methods to help understand the impact of and improve upon policies that affect people who use drugs infected with or at high risk for HIV and viral hepatitis. His research has been funded by NIDA, NIAID, the Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), the BU-CTSI, and the MGH Executive Committee on Research Fund for Medical Discovery. He currently serves as Director of the Health Economics and Modeling Core for the Massachusetts HEALing Communities Study, an NIH-funded grant to significantly reduce overdose. He has been the recipient of several research awards including a NIDA Career Development Award (K01), the Charles A. King Trust Research Award, and the prestigious AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship Award, which recognizes a junior faculty member who demonstrates leadership potential in addressing inequity in health care. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and editorials, including in leading journals such as NEJM, JAMA Internal Medicine, AJPH, Addiction, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Annals of Internal Medicine. His work has been widely cited in the media, including the Boston Globe, U.S. News and World Report, and NPR.

2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections: Young Investigator Award
2016 David Brudnoy Scholar
2014 Bridges Family Endowed Chief Resident Recipient
2013 Alpha Omega Alpha: Inductee
2010 Doris DeFord Speck and George Speck MD Endowed Prize
2008 Tauber Scholar
2007 Katske Scholar
2002 Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Harvard Civil Rights Project: Civil Rights Fellow


AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship: Uncovering hidden structural causes of overdose deaths in Massachusetts
11/01/2019 - 10/31/2021 (PI)
Association of American Medical Colleges



Hospital-based innovations to decrease overdose and serious bacterial infections among people who…
10/01/2018 - 09/30/2020 (PI)
Charles A. King Trust

Pilot Project: Integrating Buprenorphine with Hepatitis C Treatment among People with HIV and…
07/01/2018 - 12/31/2019 (PI)
Miriam Hospital NIH-NIDA

Providence/Boston CFAR Supplemental Research Award: Characterizing Causes of and Factors…
06/22/2018 - 12/31/2019 (PI)
Miriam Hospital NIH-NIAID


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  1. Min JE, Pearce LA, Homayra F, Dale LM, Barocas JA, Irvine MA, Slaunwhite AK, McGowan G, Torban M, Nosyk B. Estimates of opioid use disorder prevalence from a regression-based multi-sample stratified capture-recapture analysis. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Oct 08; 217:108337. PMID: 33049520
     
  2. Barocas JA, Eftekhari Yazdi G, Savinkina A, Nolen S, Savitzky C, Samet JH, Englander H, Linas BP. Long-term infective endocarditis mortality associated with injection opioid use in the United States: a modeling study. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Sep 09.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32901815
     
  3. Springer SA, Barocas JA, Wurcel A, Nijhawan A, Thakarar K, Lynfield R, Hurley H, Snowden J, Thornton A, Del Rio C. Federal and State Action Needed to End the Infectious Complications of Illicit Drug Use in the United States: IDSA and HIVMA's Advocacy Agenda. J Infect Dis. 2020 Sep 02; 222(Supplement_5):S230-S238. PMID: 32877568
     
  4. Schranz A, Barocas JA. Infective Endocarditis in Persons Who Use Drugs: Epidemiology, Current Management, and Emerging Treatments. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2020 09; 34(3):479-493. PMID: 32782097
     
  5. Barocas JA, Blackstone E, Bouton TC, Kimmel SD, Caputo A, Porter SJ, Walley AY. Prevalence of Covid-19 Infection and Subsequent Cohorting in a Residential Substance Use Treatment Program in Boston, MA. J Addict Med. 2020 Sep/Oct; 14(5):e261-e263.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32530889
     
  6. Barocas JA, Komaromy M, Haidar D, Barlam TF, Orr BL, Miller NS. Assessment of Oropharyngeal Specimens for Discontinuation of Transmission-Based COVID-19 Precautions. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Sep; 7(9):ofaa382.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32964067
     
  7. Barocas JA. Commentary on Jones et al. (2020): Using indirect estimation methods of drug use prevalence to address racial and ethnic health disparities. Addiction. 2020 Dec; 115(12):2405-2406. PMID: 32822524
     
  8. Kimmel SD, Bazzi AR, Barocas JA. Integrating harm reduction and clinical care: Lessons from Covid-19 respite and recuperation facilities. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2020 11; 118:108103.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32972644; DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2020.108103;
     
  9. Barocas JA, Gai MJ, Amuchi B, Jawa R, Linas BP. Impact of medications for opioid use disorder among persons hospitalized for drug use-associated skin and soft tissue infections. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Oct 01; 215:108207.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32795883
     
  10. Gaeta JM, De Las Nueces D, Munson DG, Barocas JA, Walsh KE. Case 21-2020: A 66-Year-Old Homeless Man with Covid-19. N Engl J Med. 2020 Jul 09; 383(2):170-178.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32579806
     
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