Monica Bharel, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, Boston University School of Medicine




Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, is the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, appointed in February of 2015. As Commissioner, she is responsible for spearheading the state's response to the opioid crisis, implementation of health care cost containment legislation, reducing health disparities, finding public health solutions for health care reform, finding innovative solutions using data and evidence-based practices, and other health care quality improvement initiatives.

Prior to Dr. Bharel’s appointment, she served as the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, the largest nonprofit health care organization for homeless individuals in the country. The nonprofit program is devoted to providing medical care to one of the city's most vulnerable populations and under her leadership, the organization provided health care to over 12,500 homeless men, women and children in the greater Boston area at over 70 different sites.

In the public service sector, Dr. Bharel was a gubernatorial appointment to the Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration Task Force under the Massachusetts health care payment reform initiative. She has also participated on the Massachusetts Medicaid payment reform policy committee and Primary Care Payment Reform Initiative operations committee. Additionally, she served on the National Quality Forum expert panel on Risk Adjustment for Socioeconomic Status.

Dr. Bharel has served on the faculty of Boston University Medical School, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. She was previously at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center. She has practiced general internal medicine for 20 years in neighborhood health centers, city hospitals, the Veterans Administration, university hospitals and nonprofit organizations. She received her Master of Public Health degree through the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, with a concentration in health care policy and management in 2012. She received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1994 and in 1998 completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center.

Her areas of interest include preventive health care and chronic disease management for underserved populations through system- based improvements. Her areas of research have included cervical cancer screening in homeless women, treatment of alcohol use among homeless women, and hepatitis C in vulnerable populations.

Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Public Health


Boston Medical Center


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  1. Schiff DM, Nielsen T, Hoeppner BB, Terplan M, Hansen H, Bernson D, Diop H, Bharel M, Krans EE, Selk S, Kelly JF, Wilens TE, Taveras EM. Assessment of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Use of Medication to Treat Opioid Use Disorder Among Pregnant Women in Massachusetts. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 May 01; 3(5):e205734.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32453384
     
  2. Morgan JR, Wang J, Barocas JA, Jaeger JL, Durham NN, Babakhanlou-Chase H, Bharel M, Walley AY, Linas BP. Opioid overdose and inpatient care for substance use disorder care in Massachusetts. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2020 May; 112:42-48.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32199545
     
  3. Burke LG, Zhou X, Boyle KL, Orav EJ, Bernson D, Hood ME, Land T, Bharel M, Frakt AB. Trends in opioid use disorder and overdose among opioid-naive individuals receiving an opioid prescription in Massachusetts from 2011 to 2014. Addiction. 2020 03; 115(3):493-504.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31691390
     
  4. Stanic A, Rybin D, Cannata F, Hohl C, Brody J, Gaeta J, Bharel M. The impact of the housing status on clinical outcomes and health care utilization among individuals living with HIV. AIDS Care. 2019 Nov 25; 1-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31766866
     
  5. Nielsen T, Bernson D, Terplan M, Wakeman SE, Yule AM, Mehta PK, Bharel M, Diop H, Taveras EM, Wilens TE, Schiff DM. Maternal and infant characteristics associated with maternal opioid overdose in the year following delivery. Addiction. 2020 02; 115(2):291-301.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31692133
     
  6. Larochelle MR, Bernstein R, Bernson D, Land T, Stopka TJ, Rose AJ, Bharel M, Liebschutz JM, Walley AY. Touchpoints - Opportunities to predict and prevent opioid overdose: A cohort study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 11 01; 204:107537.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31521956
     
  7. Bharel M. The True Prevalence of Opioid Use Disorder Nationally Is Likely Underestimated. Am J Public Health. 2019 02; 109(2):214-215. PMID: 30649930
     
  8. Schiff DM, Nielsen T, Terplan M, Hood M, Bernson D, Diop H, Bharel M, Wilens TE, LaRochelle M, Walley AY, Land T. Fatal and Nonfatal Overdose Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women in Massachusetts. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 08; 132(2):466-474.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29995730
     
  9. Samet JH, Botticelli M, Bharel M. Methadone in Primary Care - One Small Step for Congress, One Giant Leap for Addiction Treatment. N Engl J Med. 2018 Jul 05; 379(1):7-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29972744
     
  10. Keith DA, Kulich RJ, Bharel M, Boose RE, Brownstein J, Da Silva JD, D'Innocenzo R, Donoff RB, Factor E, Hutter JW, Shaefer JR, Karimbux NY, Jack H, Thomas HF. Massachusetts Dental Schools Respond to the Prescription Opioid Crisis: A Statewide Collaboration. J Dent Educ. 2017 Dec; 81(12):1388-1394.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29196326
     
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