Karsten Lunze, MD, MPH, DrPH, FACPM, FAAP Hear my name
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
DPH/DrPH, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
DM, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Pronouns: he/him/his

Karsten Lunze holds a medical degree and doctorates in genetic epidemiology and public health. Following clinical training in pediatrics at Charité Berlin, Germany, and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore, MD, and in public health/preventive medicine and addiction medicine at BMC, he has conducted research concerned with individual and structural risks among people in HIV key populations. Karsten's federally and foundation-supported global health research aims to improve access to care for disadvantaged populations worldwide by addressing intersectional stigma and other barriers to prevention and care via multi-level behavioral and pharmacological interventions for people with addictions, HIV, TB and other conditions.

Director of Global Health, Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center
Co-Director, Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Substance Use Research Core

Access to quality care for disadvantaged people
Stigma, HIV prevention and care in key populations
Behavioral interventions in humanitarian settings
Implementation Science
Global maternal and newborn health

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in our work and workforce is central to my lab’s shared vision of equal access to quality prevention and care for everyone. Our mission is to empower disadvantaged people worldwide and assist them in coping with stigma and other barriers to accessing care. Inherently, in our work and our lives, we therefore share the core values of tolerance and inclusion as the opposite of stigma and discrimination. As first-generation immigrant to our university’s country, I welcome and celebrate diversity as a natural enrichment of our research activities and of our learning. We take great satisfaction from our achievements that strengthened the evidence-base around behavioral interventions for disadvantaged people, made possible by winning over people from around the world, with a fascinating spectrum of backgrounds, to gather and work with us. Realizing that tolerance and inclusion are continuously and ubiquitously under attack, we want to provide workplaces that are safe spaces. Aware of our perspectives, biased and position of privilege, we aspire to build a sense of belonging for everyone who shares BMC’s motto of excellent care, without exception.

I strive to foster learner-centered mentoring and teaching of diverse students, fellows and early-stage faculty, including underrepresented individuals. Our structural approach to increasing equity and accessibility is community engagement, i.e., partnering for all aspects of our research and teaching with people who have lived experiences. My research and teaching focuses on social and other determinants of population health, and underrepresented scholars have been instrumental in trailblazing our stigma intervention work. We created our Clinical Undergraduate Research in Addictions - Training and Experiences (CURATE) and Physician Research in Training (PRiT) programs [ https://www.bumc.bu.edu/care/education-and-training-programs/training-programs/mssrp/ ] that I lead with the firm goal of increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in research and teaching – this will make our mission even more divertido.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit

Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research(CFAR): Core K- yr
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
The Miriam Hospital National Institute o

Reducing HIV Stigma to Increase HIV Testing among Adolescent
08/16/2021 - 05/31/2023 (PI)
Trustees of Columbia University Fogarty Internationa

Competitive Revision to Stigma, Risk Behaviors and Health Care Among HIV-Infected Russian People Who Inject Drugs
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS

Stigma, Risk Behaviors and Health Care among HIV-Infected Russian People Who…
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2022 (PI)

Double stigma as barrier to integrated HIV treatment among HIV infected PWID in Ukraine (CFAR Devel…
04/01/2017 - 09/30/2018 (PI)
Miriam Hospital NIH-NIAID

Stigma, Risk Behaviors and Health Care among HIV-infected Russian People Who Inject Drugs
06/01/2016 - 05/31/2018 (PI)


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  1. Canfield J, Truong V, Bereznicka A, Bridden C, Liebschutz J, Alford DP, Saitz R, Samet JH, Walley AY, Lunze K. Evaluation of a student clinical research education program in addiction medicine. Ann Med. 2023 Dec; 55(1):361-370.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36629696; PMCID: PMC9848279; DOI: 10.1080/07853890.2022.2154833;
  2. Carroll JJ, Rossi SL, Vetrova MV, Blokhina E, Sereda Y, Lioznov D, Luoma J, Kiriazova T, Lunze K. The impacts of COVID-19 on structural inequities faced by people living with HIV who inject drugs: A qualitative study in St. Petersburg, Russia. Int J Drug Policy. 2023 May 15; 117:104060.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37210965; PMCID: PMC10183634; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2023.104060;
  3. Luoma JB, Rossi SL, Sereda Y, Pavlov N, Toussova O, Vetrova M, Bendiks S, Kiriazova T, Krupitsky E, Lioznov D, Blokhina E, Lodi S, Lunze K. An acceptance-based, intersectional stigma coping intervention for people with HIV who inject drugs-a randomized clinical trial. Lancet Reg Health Eur. 2023 May; 28:100611.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37180745; PMCID: PMC10173263; DOI: 10.1016/j.lanepe.2023.100611;
  4. Idrisov B, Lunze K, Cheng DM, Blokhina E, Gnatienko N, Patts G, Bridden C, Rossi SL, Weiser SD, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Food Insecurity and Transmission Risks Among People with HIV Who Use Substances. AIDS Behav. 2023 Jul; 27(7):2376-2389.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36670209; PMCID: PMC9859749; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-022-03965-2;
  5. Bovell-Ammon BJ, Kimmel SD, Cheng DM, Truong V, Michals A, Vetrova M, Hook K, Idrisov B, Blokhina E, Krupitsky E, Samet JH, Lunze K. Incarceration history, antiretroviral therapy, and stigma: A cross-sectional study of people with HIV who inject drugs in St. Petersburg, Russia. Int J Drug Policy. 2023 Jan; 111:103907.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36402082; PMCID: PMC9868071; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103907;
  6. Yang S, Huang J, Ye L, Lin J, Xie Z, Guo B, Li Y, Liang B, Zheng Z, Lunze K, Abdullah AS, Liang H, Quintiliani LM. Factors Related to Smoking and Perceptions of a Behavioral Counseling and Messenger Service-Delivered Smoking Cessation Intervention for People With HIV in China: Qualitative Study. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Oct 12; 6(10):e35923.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36222795; PMCID: PMC9607887; DOI: 10.2196/35923;
  7. Bagley SM, Schoenberger SF, dellaBitta V, Lunze K, Barron K, Hadland SE, Park TW. Ambivalence and Stigma Beliefs About Medication Treatment Among Young Adults With Opioid Use Disorder: A Qualitative Exploration of Young Adults' Perspectives. J Adolesc Health. 2023 Jan; 72(1):105-110.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36216678; PMCID: PMC10077517; DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.08.026;
  8. Lodi S, Rossi SL, Bendiks S, Gnatienko N, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Vetrova M, Toussova O, Bushara N, Blokhina E, Krupitsky E, Ekstrand ML, Lioznov D, Samet JH, Lunze K. Correlates of Intersectional HIV and Substance Use Stigma Affecting People with HIV and Substance Use in St. Petersburg, Russia. AIDS Behav. 2023 Feb; 27(2):462-472.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35916947; PMCID: PMC9892353; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-022-03781-8;
  9. Hook K, Sereda Y, Rossi S, Koberna S, Vetrova MV, Lodi S, Lunze K. HIV, substance use, and intersectional stigma: Associations with mental health among persons living with HIV who inject drugs in Russia. AIDS Behav. 2023 Feb; 27(2):431-442.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35913589; PMCID: PMC9889571; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-022-03778-3;
  10. Bagley SM, Schoenberger SF, dellaBitta V, Lunze K, Barron K, Hadland SE, Park TW. An Exploration of Young Adults With Opioid Use Disorder and How Their Perceptions of Family Members' Beliefs Affects Medication Treatment. J Addict Med. 2022 Nov-Dec 01; 16(6):689-694.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35749777; PMCID: PMC9653106; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000001001;
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2018 American Association of Public Health Physicians: Presidential Citation
2017 American Public Health Association: Sidel Levy Award for Peace
2016 American College of Preventive Medicine: Humanism in Medicine Award
2016 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): NIH New Investigator Award
2015 UNHCR/EMERCOM : UN Humanitarian Medal
2013 NIDA and Taiwan CDC; Taipei, Taiwan: Early Career Investigator Award for Global Health
2013 ISAM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: NIDA-ISAM Award
2012 American College of Preventive Medicine: Don Gemson Resident Award
2012 NIH: NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award
2012 The International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, Canterbury, UK: Prize for Best Study Influencing Drug Policy
2012 American Society of Addiction Medicine: Ruth Fox Award
2007-2008 Harvard University: Holtzer Award
2005 German Hypertension Society, Heidelberg, Germany : Young Investigator Award

We welcome interested and dedicated students, postdocs and clinical fellows to learn about and contribute to our portfolio in HIV prevention and maternal & newborn health research.

Learn more about our Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) here https://www.bumc.bu.edu/care/education-and-training-programs/training-programs/mssrp/ and see contacts below if you are interested.

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         Name: Ve Truong, Jules Canfield
         Email: ve.truong@bmc.org; Jules.Canfield@bmc.org

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