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 affecting disadvantaged populations. His clinical health services research has been devoted to improving the health of women and newborns in resource-limited environments. Karsten's federally and foundation-supported global health research aims to improve access to quality 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
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
Pre notification Estimating Mediation and Moderation Effects in HIV Care Continuum Intervention Trials for People who Use Drugs
04/01/2023 - 01/31/2028 (PI)San Diego State University Research Foundation National Institute o
Preventing Mental Disorders Among Women Internally Displaced by War in Ukraine: The SHAWL Trial
08/16/2023 - 08/15/2026 (PI)National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS1R34MH134077-01
Community-engaged implementation strategies for acceptance interventions to improve access to care for people with HIV and injection drug use
09/01/2023 - 08/31/2024 (PI)National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS1R03DA059341-01
Pre notification Core K - The Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) competitive renewal
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2024 (PI)The Miriam Hospital National Institute o
INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship 2022
01/23/2023 - 01/22/2024 (PI)National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS
Competitive Revision to Stigma, Risk Behaviors and Health Care Among HIV-Infected Russian People Who Inject Drugs
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2023 (PI)National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS3R00DA041245-05S1
Stigma, Risk Behaviors and Health Care among HIV-Infected Russian People Who…
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2023 (PI)National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS5R00DA041245-05
Providence Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023 (PI)The Miriam Hospital National Institute o5P30AI042853-24
Reducing HIV Stigma to Increase HIV Testing among Adolescents and Young Adults in Kazakhstan Using a Crowdsourcing Approach
08/16/2021 - 05/31/2023 (PI)Trustees of Columbia University Fogarty Internationa1R21TW012017-01
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
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Raj A, Gnatienko N, Cheng DM, Blokhina E, Dey AK, Wagman JA, Toussova O, Truong V, Rateau L, Lunze K, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Provider-patient experiences and HIV care utilization among people living with HIV who inject drugs in St. Petersburg, Russia. Int J Qual Health Care. 2023 Oct 05; 35(4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 37642351; PMCID: PMC10558037; DOI: 10.1093/intqhc/mzad068;
Samet JH, Blokhina E, Cheng DM, Rosen S, Lioznov D, Lunze K, Truong V, Gnatienko N, Quinn E, Bushara N, Raj A, Krupitsky E. Rapid access to antiretroviral therapy, receipt of naltrexone, and strengths-based case management versus standard of care for HIV viral load suppression in people with HIV who inject drugs in Russia (LINC-II): an open-label, randomised controlled trial. Lancet HIV. 2023 Sep; 10(9):e578-e587.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37659841
Chen S, Walt G, Aldrich A, McAlearney AS, Linas B, Amuchi B, Freedman DA, Goddard-Eckrich D, Gibson E, Hartman Ms J, Bosak J, Lunze K, Jones L, Christopher M, Salsberry P, Jackson R, Back S, Drainoni ML, Walker DM. A Qualitative Study of Health Equity's Role in Community Coalition Development. Health Educ Behav. 2023 Jun 28; 10901981231179755.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37376998
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 Jul; 117:104060.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37210965; PMCID: PMC10183634; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2023.104060;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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2018 American Association of Public Health Physicians:
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:
2012 American College of Preventive Medicine:
Don Gemson Resident Award
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:
2005 German Hypertension Society, Heidelberg, Germany :
Young Investigator Award
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