Natalia E. Morone, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, Michigan State University


Pronouns: she/her/hers



Natalia E. Morone, MD, MS received her BA at Barnard College, Columbia University, her MD at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and her Master of Science in Clinical Research at University of Pittsburgh. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University and is a clinical general internist at Boston Medical Center. She is author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications that focus on integrative approaches for chronic pain, mindfulness, chronic low back pain, integration of mindfulness into clinical practice, and diversifying the biomedical research workforce. She is currently Principal Investigator of a UH3 award pragmatic clinical trial to evaluate telehealth delivered group mindfulness for chronic low back pain, multi-Principal Investigator of a 25-site randomized trial of a year-long professional development intervention to retain historically underrepresented groups in research, and Principal Investigator of a K24 midcareer development award to mentor early investigators in mind and body medicine and pain.

In addition to her research, she is co-Director of the CTSI Pathways to Research Independence and Mentoring Excellence (PRIME) program and is a member of the CTSI Workforce Development Group. She started an integrated acupuncture clinic within the Boston Medical Center General Internal Medicine Clinic. She received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award for the Career Education and enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program and was named a Faculty Honoree.

Committed to mentoring, she mentors medical students, residents, fellows, post-docs, and junior faculty. Mentees have gone on to receive federal grant funding, have published their work in peer-reviewed journals and have presented their work both locally and nationally.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

My parents are from two different cultures and growing up speaking English and Spanish seemed normal to me. What also seemed normal was travelling between the United States and Venezuela to visit family while using a passport from each country since I had dual citizenship. Now I realize how lucky I was to have this upbringing as I learned to appreciate the value of different cultures from an early age. I think this exposure has influenced my entire life. I love research and supporting the careers of early-stage investigators who are underrepresented in research and so I taught for 6 years a year-long program called CEED at the University of Pittsburgh CTSI to do just that. We published our findings that showed participants in CEED were more likely to publish and stay in academia than those who had not participated in CEED. I now have two NIH grants to evaluate comprehensive programs to retain historically underrepresented groups in research. Recently, I started an NIH Diversity Supplement program at the BU CTSI to connect all early-stage underrepresented researchers with mentors to help provide some funding to support their research interests. Our Section of General Internal Medicine started a grass roots anti-racism group, and I am currently working on creating a demographics survey to collect more accurate information regarding the composition of the Section’s faculty. I am committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and value the richness this brings to the clinical, research, and teaching environments, as well as to my everyday life.

Related Publications:
Abebe KZ, *Morone NE (co-first author), Mayowski CA, Rubio DM, Kapoor WK. Sowing the “CEED”s of a More Diverse Biomedical Workforce: The Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2019; 3(1):21-26.

White GE, Proulx CN, Morone NE, Murrell AJ, Rubio DM. Recruiting Underrepresented Individuals in a Double Pandemic: Lessons Learned in a Randomized Control Trial. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2021; 1-21. doi:10.1017/cts.2021.843.

Doyle J, Morone N, Proulx C, Althouse A, Rubio D, Thakar M, Murrell A, White G. Special Communication: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Underrepresented Early-career PhD and Physician Scientists. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2021; 1-21. doi:10.1017/cts.2021.851.

White GE, Proulx CN, Morone NE, Thakar MS, Murrell AJ, Althouse AD, Rubio DM. A mixed-methods analysis of gender and career status differences in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on underrepresented post-doctoral fellows and early-career faculty. 2022. Academic Medicine. In press.

Related Grants:
U01 GM132133 (Rubio, Morone, Murrell)
NIH/NIGMS
Building Up, 8/15/19-6/30/24
To build the knowledge base of evidence-based interventions that advance the careers of postdocs, fellows, and junior faculty who are under-represented in the biomedical research workforce, we are proposing to test an intervention using near-peer mentoring.

U24 DK132733 (Stanley, Morone, Stanford)
NIH/NIDDK
7/15/2022-5/31/2027
Creating Opportunities for Underrepresented Researchers to Achieve Growth and Excellence (COURAGE).
The purpose of COURAGE is to provide skill-building, leadership development, hands-on mentored experience in manuscript writing and grant preparation, and multi-level mentoring to support underrepresented researchers in obesity, nutrition, and diabetes.

Related Award: Program Awardee and Faculty Honoree, Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award for the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program, University of Pittsburgh, 2014.

CTSI Diversity Supplement Matching Program Link:
https://www.bu.edu/ctsi/support-for-research/the-diversity-supplement-matching-initiative/



Mentoring and Patient-Oriented Research in Mind and Body Pra
09/15/2021 - 08/31/2026 (PI)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS
1K24AT011561-01

Admin Supplement to Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients wit
09/15/2021 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS
3UH3AT010621-03S2

Diversity Supplement for Group-based mindfulness for patient
09/15/2021 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS
3UH3AT010621-03S1

Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients with Chronic Low Back P
09/18/2020 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS
5UH3AT010621-03

Building Up
08/15/2019 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
University of Pittsburgh National Institute o

Creating and Optimizing Mindfulness Measures to Enhance and
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
Northwestern University National Center for

Integrated Technology-Based Intervention to Reduce Heavy Y3
05/15/2019 - 04/30/2022 (PI)
Boston University National Institute o

Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientist to Success(LEADS)_Y4
06/01/2018 - 07/31/2021 (PI)
University of Pittsburgh National Institute o

Group-based mindfulness for patients with chronic low back pain in the primary care setting
09/28/2019 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
NIH-NCCIH
1UG3AT010621-01


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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2022 Creating Opportunities for Underrepresented Researchers to Achieve Growth and Excellence (COURAGE) 1U24DK132733-01
2022 Mentoring and Patient-Oriented Research in Mind and Body Practices 5K24AT011561-02
2022 Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain in the Primary Care 5UH3AT010621-04
2022 Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research 3U01GM132133-03S1
2022 Building Up 5U01GM132133-04
2021 Mentoring and Patient-Oriented Research in Mind and Body Practices 1K24AT011561-01
2021 Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain in the Primary Care 3UH3AT010621-03S2
2021 Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain in the Primary Care 5UH3AT010621-03
2021 Diversity Supplement for Group-based mindfulness for patients with chronic pain in the primary care setting 3UH3AT010621-03S1
2021 Building Up 5U01GM132133-03
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  1. Binda DD, Greco CM, Morone NE. What Are Adverse Events in Mindfulness Meditation? Glob Adv Health Med. 2022; 11:2164957X221096640. PMID: 35464906; PMCID: PMC9024164; DOI: 10.1177/2164957X221096640;
     
  2. DiNardo MM, Greco C, Phares AD, Beyer NM, Youk AO, Obrosky DS, Morone NE, Owen JE, Saba SK, Suss SJ, Siminerio L. Effects of an integrated mindfulness intervention for veterans with diabetes distress: a randomized controlled trial. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2022 Mar; 10(2). PMID: 35346971; PMCID: PMC8961140; DOI: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2021-002631;
     
  3. Morone NE, Herbeck BB, Huang Y, Abebe KZ, Rollman BL, Jonassaint CR. The Impact of Optimism and Pain Interference on Response to Online Behavioral Treatment for Mood and Anxiety Symptoms. Psychosom Med. 2021 Nov-Dec 01; 83(9):1067-1074. PMID: 34267085; PMCID: PMC8578348; DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000980;
     
  4. Doyle JM, Morone NE, Proulx CN, Althouse AD, Rubio DM, Thakar MS, Murrell AJ, White GE. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on underrepresented early-career PhD and physician scientists. J Clin Transl Sci. 2021; 5(1):e174. PMID: 34721892; PMCID: PMC8545843; DOI: 10.1017/cts.2021.851;
     
  5. Greco CM, Gaylord SA, Faurot K, Weinberg JM, Gardiner P, Roth I, Barnhill JL, Thomas HN, Dhamne SC, Lathren C, Baez JE, Lawrence S, Neogi T, Lasser KE, Castro MG, White AM, Simmons SJ, Ferrao C, Binda DD, Elhadidy N, Eason KM, McTigue KM, Morone NE. The design and methods of the OPTIMUM study: A multisite pragmatic randomized clinical trial of a telehealth group mindfulness program for persons with chronic low back pain. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 10; 109:106545.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34455111; PMCID: PMC8691659; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106545;
     
  6. White GE, Proulx CN, Morone NE, Murrell AJ, Rubio DM. Recruiting underrepresented individuals in a double pandemic: Lessons learned in a randomized control trial. J Clin Transl Sci. 2021; 5(1):e185. PMID: 34849260; PMCID: PMC8596076; DOI: 10.1017/cts.2021.843;
     
  7. Palfai TP, Kratzer MPL, Morone NE, Bernstein JA. Integrating patient perspectives in the development of a mobile health intervention to address chronic pain and heavy drinking in primary care: a qualitative study of patients in an urban, safety-net hospital setting. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2021 03 23; 16(1):20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33757584; PMCID: PMC7988929; DOI: 10.1186/s13722-021-00230-0;
     
  8. Polaski AM, Phelps AL, Smith TJ, Helm ER, Morone NE, Szucs KA, Kostek MC, Kolber BJ. Integrated Meditation and Exercise Therapy: A Randomized Controlled Pilot of a Combined Nonpharmacological Intervention Focused on Reducing Disability and Pain in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain. Pain Med. 2021 02 23; 22(2):444-458. PMID: 33621332; PMCID: PMC7901850; DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnaa403;
     
  9. Stokes A, Lundberg DJ, Sheridan B, Hempstead K, Morone NE, Lasser KE, Trinquart L, Neogi T. Association of Obesity With Prescription Opioids for Painful Conditions in Patients Seeking Primary Care in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 04 01; 3(4):e202012.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32239222; PMCID: PMC7118518; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.2012;
     
  10. Yeh CH, Li C, Glick R, Schlenk EA, Albers K, Suen LK, Lukkahatai N, Salen N, Pandiri S, Ma W, Perrin N, Morone NE, Christo PJ. A prospective randomized controlled study of auricular point acupressure to manage chronic low back pain in older adults: study protocol. Trials. 2020 Jan 20; 21(1):99. PMID: 31959226; PMCID: PMC6972012; DOI: 10.1186/s13063-019-4016-x;
     
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2018 Pittsburgh Magazine: Named one of Pittsburgh's Best Doctors in 2018
2017 Pittsburgh Magazine: Named one of Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors in 2017
2014 VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System: Team Awardee
2014 Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award: Program Awardee and Faculty Honoree
2005-2010 Multidisciplinary Research Scholar: Awardee
1997-1999 National Health Services Corps: Awardee
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Chronic low back pain
Mindfulness
Hypertension
Chronic Pain
Integrative Medicine
Meditation
Telehealth

I am committed to mentoring and welcome inquiries about mentoring. I mentor people at different stages of their careers, including medical students, residents, pre-docs, post-docs, and junior faculty. I currently have a mid-career development award with funding available to mentees for research and travel for those conducting research in mind and body therapies, and particularly mind and body therapies and/or complementary therapies for pain.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Career Mentor
  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Diversity Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')
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