Miriam Komaromy, MD Hear my name
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, University of California, San Francisco
BA, St. John's College

Miriam Komaromy, MD is the Medical Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center, and a Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. In her role at the Grayken Center she leads programs focused on expanding access to care and engagement with care for patients who have substance use disorders, particularly those from marginalized patient populations. Other areas of focus within the Grayken Center include:
--Research on how to make addiction treatment more appealing, effective, and equitable for Black patients
--Development of a new Grayken Addiction Nursing Fellowship and support for the Grayken Addiction Medicine Fellowships
--Leadership on adaptation of SUD treatment during the COVID pandemic, including BMC's COVID Recuperation Unit for people who are COVID-infected and experiencing homelessness
--Implementation of a facility offering low-barrier housing and addiction-focused urgent care for people exiting from street encampments
--Policy and Advocacy focused on implementation of Overdose Prevention Centers, workforce development, modernizing methadone regulation, HIV prevention, and overdose prevention in newly housed individuals
--Development and Implementation of "Together for Hope: Boston Addiction Conference 2024"

Komaromy is mPI of a NIMH-funded clinical trial (along with mPI Dr. Kate Watkins of RAND corporation) that is evaluating the impact of the Collaborative Care model on outcomes of care for people who have co-occurring opioid use disorder plus PTSD or depression in 17 primary care clinics in New Mexico and California.

Komaromy serves as Vice President of AMERSA, the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction, and also chairs the AMERSA Diversity Committee and the Climate the Task Force.

Prior to her role at BMC, Komaromy led the Extension for Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Institute’s programs for addiction and psychiatry. She has also served on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM’s) National Board of Directors (2017-2021) and In 2019 she received ASAM's Educator of the Year award. She served as medical director for a state addiction treatment hospital in New Mexico and for Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.

Komaromy was previously a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her residency in internal medicine at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the UCSF/Stanford program. She joined the UCSF faculty of Medicine after her training, and served as the residency director for the UCSF Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency program at San Francisco General Hospital. She is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Komaromy’s research has focused on health disparities and care for traditionally underserved populations; models of post-graduate medical education; and care for patients with substance use disorders and complex health conditions. In 2018, Komaromy received a Fulbright Scholar award from the US State Department, teaching about substance use disorders and medical education in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia and studying treatment of opioid use disorder in Vietnam.

Improving Access and Treatment for Co-occurring Opioid Use Disorders and Mental Illness
09/12/2019 - 06/15/2024 (PI)
RAND Corporation National Institute o

Embracing Anti-racism in Addiction Treatment, Research and Policy: Engaging Black People with Lived Experience of SUDs
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

COVID Recuperation Unit White Paper - NoA issued 07/22/20-
08/03/2020 - 10/23/2020 (PI)
RIZE Massachusetts


Grant to develop a curriculum focused on substance use disorders
09/01/2019 - 09/01/2021 (PI)

Grant to develop a white paper on how to develop and implement a medical recuperation facility for COVID-infected people experiencing homelessness.
07/10/2020- (PI)
RIZE Massachusetts

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  1. Mayer M, Mejia Urieta Y, Martinez LS, Komaromy M, Hughes U, Chatterjee A. Encampment Clearings And Transitional Housing: A Qualitative Analysis Of Resident Perspectives. Health Aff (Millwood). 2024 Feb; 43(2):218-225.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38315933
  2. Komaromy M, Stone A, Peterson A, Gott J, Koenig R, Taylor JL. Facilitating exit from encampments: combining low-barrier transitional housing with stabilizing treatment for substance related problems. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2023 Oct 26; 18(1):66.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37884986; PMCID: PMC10601141; DOI: 10.1186/s13722-023-00420-y;
  3. Evans SK, Dopp A, Meredith LS, Ober AJ, Osilla KC, Komaromy M, Watkins KE. Findings from an Organizational Context Survey to Inform the Implementation of a Collaborative Care Study for Co-occurring Disorders. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2024 Jan; 51(1):4-21. PMID: 37537428; PMCID: PMC10733218; DOI: 10.1007/s11414-023-09851-6;
  4. Fox JM, Wason K, Beers D, Faulds M, Lincoln N, Tomanovich M, Gaden NW, Komaromy Md M. The Creation of an Addiction Nursing Fellowship Program for Registered Nurses: A Unique Approach to Enhancing the Addiction-Treatment Workforce. Subst Abus. 2023; 44(1):24-31.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37226903
  5. Murray-Krezan C, Dopp A, Tarhuni L, Carmody MD, Becker K, Anderson J, Komaromy M, Meredith LS, Watkins KE, Wagner K, Page K. Screening for opioid use disorder and co-occurring depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in primary care in New Mexico. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2023 Jan 27; 18(1):6. PMID: 36707910; PMCID: PMC9881516; DOI: 10.1186/s13722-023-00362-5;
  6. Osilla KC, Dopp AR, Watkins KE, Ceballos V, Hurley B, Meredith LS, Leamon I, Jacobsohn V, Komaromy M. Collaboration Leading to Addiction Treatment and Recovery from Other Stresses (CLARO): process of adapting collaborative care for co-occurring opioid use and mental disorders. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2022 Apr 08; 17(1):25. PMID: 35395811; PMCID: PMC8991671; DOI: 10.1186/s13722-022-00302-9;
  7. Qeadan F, Madden EF, Barbeau WA, Kroth PJ, Porucznik CA, English K, Komaromy M, Sulzer SH. Characteristics associated with the availability of therapeutic acupuncture in substance use disorder treatment facilities in the United States. J Addict Dis. 2023 Jan-Mar; 41(1):41-52. PMID: 35343390
  8. Laks J, Kehoe J, Farrell NM, Komaromy M, Kolodziej J, Walley AY, Taylor JL. Methadone initiation in a bridge clinic for opioid withdrawal and opioid treatment program linkage: a case report applying the 72-hour rule. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2021 12 28; 16(1):73.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34961554; PMCID: PMC8712102; DOI: 10.1186/s13722-021-00279-x;
  9. Komaromy M, Tomanovich M, Taylor JL, Ruiz-Mercado G, Kimmel SD, Bagley SM, Saia KM, Costello E, Park TW, LaBelle C, Weinstein Z, Walley AY. Adaptation of a System of Treatment for Substance Use Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Addict Med. 2021 Nov-Dec 01; 15(6):448-451.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33298750; PMCID: PMC8562917; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000791;
  10. Qeadan F, Azagba S, Barbeau WA, Gu LY, Mensah NA, Komaromy M, English K, Madden EF. Associations between discrimination and substance use among college students in the United States from 2015 to 2019. Addict Behav. 2022 02; 125:107164. PMID: 34735979
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Boston dedicates small portion of opioid settlement funds to grieving families

WBUR 1/29/2024

BMC's Inaugural Addiction Conference Will Convene Experts and People With Lived Experience to Spark Change

HealthCity 1/25/2024

Mother with toddler should be admired, not derided

Boston Globe 10/20/2023

BMC Is Developing New Anti-Racism Addiction Treatment, Research, and Policy

HealthCity 9/28/2023

More than 2,300 people in Mass. died of an overdose in 2022, the highest number ever

The Boston Globe 6/22/2023

Draconian Laws Deter Pregnant Women from Treating Drug Abuse

Scientific American 6/15/2023

Six years sober, she was still reported for child abuse for taking addiction medication. Is it time to change the rules?

The Boston Globe 6/14/2023

U.S. Will Fund Study of Safe Injection Sites Despite Pushback

WebMD 5/17/2023

The COVID emergency is expiring in Massachusetts. What happens now?

WGBH 5/11/2023

How Can We Make Addiction Care More Appealing and Effective for Black Patients?

HealthCity 5/11/2023

Safe Injection Sites Have Gained a Foothold in the U.S. Are More on the Way?

US News and World Report 2/2/2023

The COVID-19 public health emergency ends May 11. What happens then?

Boston Globe 2/2/2023

The national COVID-19 public health emergency will end in May but some of its provisions may survive in Mass.

Boston Globe 2/1/2023

Dry January can kick-start healthy habits that last beyond the month, experts say

The Boston Globe 1/10/2023

Consuming alcohol responsibly and supporting people with addiction during the holidays

WBUR 12/14/2022

‘Making overdose crisis more severe’: Concerns over animal tranquilizer growing in Massachusetts

Boston 25 News 9/27/2022

20,000 flags planted on Boston Common to remember lives lost to drug overdoses

The Boston Globe 8/29/2022

It's Our Responsibility to Treat the Human Suffering at Heart of Opioid Overdose Crisis

HealthCity 8/18/2022

Public health experts say Boston’s approach to Mass. and Cass is working. But push for more police involvement continues.

Boston.com 7/25/2022

Opioid-related overdose deaths reached all-time high in Mass. last year

Boston.com 6/8/2022

Overdose deaths reached a record high in Mass. during 2021

WBUR 6/8/2022

5 for Good: Winter Walk Boston builds empathy, networks for people in crisis

WCVB 1/27/2022

BMC Launches New Housing Initiative at 'Mass and Cass' with City of Boston

HealthCity 1/20/2022

Boston’s New Mayor Tries a Different Tack on Homelessness

Bloomberg 1/14/2022

From hotel to homeless housing: Owner of the Roundhouse aims to help at Mass. and Cass

The Boston Globe 1/9/2022

At Mass. and Cass, word is spreading: The tents are coming down and housing is available

The Boston Globe 1/8/2022

Wu vows to remove Mass. and Cass encampments by winter, faces criticism on expanded housing services

WGBH 12/13/2021

U.S. overdose deaths top 100,000 in one year for first time, CDC reports

Boston 25 News 11/17/2021

Bill would let Tompkins hold men solely for substance use treatment

CommonWealth Magazine 11/15/2021

To Address 'Mass and Cass' Crisis, Transitional Housing Is Crucial

HealthCity 10/28/2021

Doctors and researchers are concerned about the city’s efforts to remove tents at Mass. and Cass. Here’s why.

Boston.com 10/21/2021

Supervised consumption sites in Massachusetts can help decrease drug overdose deaths

Telegram & Gazette 9/28/2021

Justice department accuses sober home operator of sexual harassment

The Boston Globe 8/12/2021

Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Alarming Record in 2020

CBS Evening News 7/14/2021

Mandatory Reporting Law Is Harmful for Pregnant People with Substance Use Disorder

HealthCity 6/29/2021

Cultural Competency Still Elusive Among Addiction Medicine Providers

Modern Healthcare 6/10/2021

New Buprenorphine Prescribing Guidelines Won't Solve the Opioid Crisis

HealthCity 5/20/2021

Opioid deaths rose 5 percent in Massachusetts last year

The Boston Globe 5/13/2021

Mass. Hit New Overdose Peak in 2020

WBUR 5/12/2021

Biden administration eases restrictions on prescribing treatment for opioid addiction

The Washington Post 4/27/2021

Homeless people exposed to coronavirus were put in hotels. For hospitals, the move paid off

Los Angeles Times 3/2/2021

Lesson Learned from BMC's COVID-19 Recuperation Unit for Patients Experiencing Homelessness

HealthCity 2/11/2021

The Hardest-Hit: How Nonprofits Rise To the Challenge of COVID-19

Diversity Inc 1/29/2021

Breaking Down the Changes to Prescribing Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder

HealthCity 1/20/2021

Combination of two drugs can help treat methamphetamine addiction for some, new clinical trial data shows

STAT 1/13/2021

21 Ways to Change Your Life

Boston Magazine 11/9/2020

Under the cover of COVID-19 news, the epidemic of opioid overdoses silently surges

Becker's Hospital Review 10/30/2020

Waltham resident named Addiction Nursing Fellow

Wicked Local Waltham: 10/26/2020

Nurse-Led Addiction Fellowship Begins at Boston Medical Center

HealthCity 9/28/2020

Opioid epidemic poised to worsen with ‘tidal wave of new stressors’ amid coronavirus pandemic, experts warn

The Boston Herald 9/22/2020

Activists keep spotlight on drug consumption sites

Sentinel Enterprise 7/30/2020

Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment Opens Up in COVID-19 Crisis

Daily Nurse 6/8/2020

In Boston, a Reopened Hospital Building Houses Infected and Vulnerable

Dig Boston 4/27/2020

Coronavirus Crisis Spurs Access To Online Treatment For Opioid Addiction

NPR 4/20/2020

BMC Reopens Building Sold to State to Provide Continuum of Care for Homeless COVID Patients

HealthCity 4/14/2020

Wasted Time: How San Francisco Failed Its Homeless Population Amid Coronavirus

The Guardian 4/8/2020

Homeless People Need Shelter. Hotels Are Empty. Why Aren’t Cities Acting?

Vice 4/3/2020

Experts: Homeless Population Vulnerable to Coronavirus

Boston 25 News 3/18/2020

City Plans Pop-Up Clinics for Treatment of Homeless Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Boston Globe 3/17/2020

Meth Use, Addiction on Rise in Cape

Cape Cod Times 1/30/2020

Expert Opinion: What to Expect From the Opioid Epidemic in the Next 5 Years in Boston

Boston.com 1/7/2020

Across New England are Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones to Opioids. These 4 Parents Lost More Than One Child

Boston.com 12/20/2019

ECHO Institute Leader Hired at Boston Medical Center

Addiction Professional 8/20/2019

2019 Psychiatric Services Journal: Editor's Choice Award
2019 ASAM: Educator of the Year
2018 US State Department: Fulbright Scholar, Hanoi Vietnam
2018 ASAM: Awarded “Distinguished Fellow”
2016 Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse: Best program/ Curriculum Abstract
2016 Substance Abuse Journal: Article of the Year Award
2014 Physician Support Service: National Mentor for Medication Assisted Treatment
2013 American College of Physicians: Fellow
2010 Bernalillo County Commission: Exceptional Public Service Award
2008 Physician Support Service: National Mentor for Buprenorphine Treatment
1996 Association of Health Services Research: Article of the Year Award
1990 UCSF: Outstanding Intern of the Year Award
1989 UCSF: Alpha Omega Alpha

I enjoy mentorship and have mentored many researchers and educators at my own and other institutions. I particularly enjoy cross-disciplinary mentorship roles. I am available to provide work/life integration mentorship, and support around parenting, particulary to LGBTQ faculty. Please contact me at Miriam.Komaromy@bmc.org

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  • Career Mentor
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