Natalia E. Morone, MD, MS Hear my name
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
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 60 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 PI and Director of the BU CTSI KL2 program and co-Directs the BU CTSI Career Development Award Writing Workshop. She is a member of the BU 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.


Institutional Career Development
04/15/2020 - 03/31/2025 (PI)
NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
5KL2TR001411-09


Pre notification IMPACT: Integrative Mindfulness-Based Predictive Approach for Chronic low back pain Treatment
12/01/2023 - 11/30/2028 (PI)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute National Institute o
1UG3NS135168-01

Creating Opportunities for Underrepresented Researchers to Achieve Growth and Excellence (COURAGE)
07/15/2022 - 05/31/2027 (PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital National Institutes
1U24DK132733-01

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

COPC Administrative Supplement to Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain in the Primary Care
09/06/2022 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS
3UH3AT010621-04S1

Diversity Supplement for Group-based mindfulness for patients with chronic pain in the primary care setting
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 Pain in the Primary Care Setting - UH3
09/18/2020 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS
4UH3AT010621-02

Building Up
08/15/2019 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
University of Pittsburgh National Institute o
1U01GM132133-01

Admin Supplement to Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain in the Primary Care
09/15/2021 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS
3UH3AT010621-03S2

Creating and Optimizing Mindfulness Measures to Enhance and Normalize Clinical Evaluation(COMMENCE)
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
Northwestern University National Center for

Integrated Technology-Based Intervention to Reduce Heavy Drinking and Chronic Pain among Patients…
05/15/2019 - 04/30/2023 (PI)
Boston University National Institute o

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2024 Institutional Career Development 5KL2TR001411-09
2023 IMPACT: Integrative Mindfulness-Based Predictive Approach for Chronic low back pain Treatment 1UG3NS135168-01
2023 Creating Opportunities for Underrepresented Researchers to Achieve Growth and Excellence (COURAGE) 5U24DK132733-02
2023 Mentoring and Patient-Oriented Research in Mind and Body Practices 5K24AT011561-03
2023 Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain in the Primary Care 5UH3AT010621-05
2023 Building Up 3U01GM132133-05S1
2023 Building Up 5U01GM132133-05
2023 Building Up 3U01GM132133-05S2
2023 Institutional Career Development 5KL2TR001411-08
2022 Creating Opportunities for Underrepresented Researchers to Achieve Growth and Excellence (COURAGE) 1U24DK132733-01
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  1. Palfai TP, Morone NE, Kratzer MPL, Murray GE, Otis JD, Maisto SA, Rowland BHP. Mobile health intervention to address chronic pain among those who engage in hazardous drinking: A pilot study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2024 Mar 01; 256:111121.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38367537; PMCID: PMC11056789; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2024.111121;
     
  2. Morone NE, Harr ED, Baez JE, Rodriguez RD, Lawrence SM, Barnhill JL, Roth I. Integrating a Community Advisory Board Into a Pragmatic Trial of Mindfulness for Chronic Low Back Pain. Glob Adv Integr Med Health. 2024; 13:27536130241231736. PMID: 38322150; PMCID: PMC10845977; DOI: 10.1177/27536130241231736;
     
  3. Joyce CT, Roseen EJ, Smith CN, Patterson CG, McDonough CM, Hurstak E, Morone NE, Beneciuk J, Stevans JM, Delitto A, Saper RB. A Cluster Analysis of Initial Primary Care Orders for Patients with Acute Low Back Pain. J Am Board Fam Med. 2024 Jan 05; 36(6):986-995.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38182423; DOI: 10.3122/jabfm.2023.230123R2;
     
  4. Greco CM, Dore GA, Weinberg JM, Roth I, Thomas HN, Lawrence S, Rodriguez R, McGillis M, Morone NE. A Brief Measure of Fidelity for Mindfulness Programs: Development and Evaluation of the Concise Fidelity for Mindfulness-Based Interventions Tool. Glob Adv Integr Med Health. 2023; 12:27536130231174234.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37426338; PMCID: PMC10327996; DOI: 10.1177/27536130231174234;
     
  5. Roseen EJ, Smith CN, Essien UR, Cozier YC, Joyce C, Morone NE, Phillips RS, Gergen Barnett K, Patterson CG, Wegener ST, Brennan GP, Delitto A, Saper RB, Beneciuk JM, Stevans JM. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Incidence of High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Primary Care Patients with Acute Low Back Pain: A Cohort Study. Pain Med. 2023 Jun 01; 24(6):633-643.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36534910; PMCID: PMC10233486; DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnac193;
     
  6. Thakar MS, Mitchell-Miland C, Morone NE, Althouse AD, Murrell AJ, Rubio DM, White GE. Perseverance and consistency of interest in underrepresented post-doctoral fellows and early-career faculty. J Clin Transl Sci. 2023; 7(1):e100. PMID: 37250996; PMCID: PMC10225262; DOI: 10.1017/cts.2023.523;
     
  7. Binda DD, Weinberg JM, Nguyen T, Morone NE. Characterizing Interprofessional Collaboration and Referral to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs. Glob Adv Health Med. 2022; 11:2164957X221126484.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36118601; PMCID: PMC9478712; DOI: 10.1177/2164957X221126484;
     
  8. 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 Postdoctoral Fellows and Early-Career Faculty. Acad Med. 2022 Dec 01; 97(12):1824-1831. PMID: 36449920; PMCID: PMC9696762; DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004948;
     
  9. White GE, Proulx CN, Rubio DM, Thakar MS, Morone NE, Mitchell-Miland C, Althouse AD, Murrell AJ. The impact of social unrest due to systemic racism on underrepresented post-doctoral fellows and early-career faculty. J Clin Transl Sci. 2022; 6(1):e112. PMID: 36285023; PMCID: PMC9549581; DOI: 10.1017/cts.2022.445;
     
  10. 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;
     
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Bar chart showing 61 publications over 19 distinct years, with a maximum of 6 publications in 2021

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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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