Sabrina A. Assoumou, MD, MPH
Inaugural Louis W. Sullivan, MD Professor of Medicine
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health

Pronouns: she/her/hers



Sabrina A. Assoumou, MD MPH, is the inaugural Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She is also an attending physician in the section of Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center. She is a clinician-investigator who cares for patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) at the BUSM/BMC’s Centers for Infectious Diseases. Her research focuses on medical complications of substance use including HIV and Hepatitis C virus (HCV). She is also interested in models of care and on improving the continuum of care for individuals with HIV and/or HCV. She is currently the Principal Investigator on an NIH K23 Mentored Career Development Award to improve linkage to care after testing for HIV and HCV at a drug detoxification center.

Dr. Assoumou has published in multiple journals including Clinical Infectious Diseases, AIDS, Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of American Medical Association. Her work has also been included in the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)/ Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recommendations for testing, managing and treating HCV (Assoumou et al., Clin Infect Dis 2018) as well as HCV testing recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Assoumou et al., Clin Infect Dis 2018 and Assoumou et al., Clin Infect Dis. 2019). Dr. Assoumou has also presented her findings at the National Academy of Sciences to the panel tasked with developing a National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C and at international scientific meetings such as IDWeek and the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).

Dr. Assoumou graduated magna cum laude from Williams College and obtained her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She then completed a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Brown University and an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Harvard University’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she was awarded the Finland Award for Research Excellence. She also earned a Masters of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Assoumou received an Excellence in Teaching Hospital-Based Faculty Award at BMC in 2017. She was also recognized as the Distinguished Faculty of the Month in April 2020 for her service to the BUSM community in teaching, service on committees, mentoring of students, trainees and junior faculty. The same year she also received a Department of Medicine Evans Junior Faculty Research Merit Award recognizing an outstanding record of scholarship and research. Dr. Assoumou’s impact on the medical campus and beyond culminated in 2021 in her installation as the inaugural Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Professor of Medicine which honors Dr. Sullivan’s contributions to his alma mater – Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and to the medical field as former Health and Human Services Secretary and the first Dean of Morehouse Medical School.

Dr. Assoumou has also contributed to COVID 19-related efforts as part of the NIH-funded Massachusetts Community Engagement Alliance (MA-CEAL), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ “Trust the Facts, Get the Vax” public awareness campaign. Further, she was appointed by Mayor Michelle Wu to the City of Boston’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee. She has also become a trusted source for local, national and international news outlets such as BBC Worldwide, ABC Australia, NBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, Newsweek, TIME, PBS, The Boston Globe, The Bay State Banner, Boston 25 as well as local NPR affiliates WBUR and WGBH.

Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Medicine
Infectious Diseases




Engaging Young People who Inject Drugs into HCV and HIV Care
05/01/2018 - 04/30/2023 (PI)
NIH-NIDA
1K23DA044085-01A1

Peer Recovery Coaching to Facilitate HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis Uptake among Patients with…
06/01/2020 - 01/03/2022 (PI)
Miriam Hospital NIH-NIAID
5P30AI042853-22

Engaging Young People who Inject Drugs into HCV and HIV Care: Administrative Supplement to Promote Research Continuity and Retention
05/01/2020 - 04/30/2021 (PI)
National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS
3K23DA044085-03S1

Mentoring Early-Career Scientists for Drug Abuse Research Careers
05/01/2016 - 04/30/2018 (PI)
The Regents of the University of California NIH-NIDA


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  1. Morgan JR, Murphy SM, Assoumou SA, Linas BP. Estimating Absenteeism Related to Nonalcohol Substance Use in a US National Cohort of Full-Time Employees. J Occup Environ Med. 2022 Nov 01; 64(11):899-904.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35901222
     
  2. Zhong H, Brandeau ML, Yazdi GE, Wang J, Nolen S, Hagan L, Thompson WW, Assoumou SA, Linas BP, Salomon JA. Metamodeling for Policy Simulations with Multivariate Outcomes. Med Decis Making. 2022 Oct; 42(7):872-884.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35735216; PMCID: PMC9452454; DOI: 10.1177/0272989X221105079;
     
  3. Hao B, Hu Y, Sotudian S, Zad Z, Adams WG, Assoumou SA, Hsu H, Mishuris RG, Paschalidis IC. Development and validation of predictive models for COVID-19 outcomes in a safety-net hospital population. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2022 Jun 14; 29(7):1253-1262.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35441692; PMCID: PMC9129120; DOI: 10.1093/jamia/ocac062;
     
  4. Assoumou SA, Peterson A, Ginman E, James T, Pierre CM, Hamilton S, Chapman S, Goldie J, Koenig R, Mendez-Escobar E, Leaver H, Graham R, Crichlow R, Weaver T, Cotterell S, Valdez G, De Las Nueces D, Scott NA, Linas BP, Cherry PM. Addressing Inequities in SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Uptake: The Boston Medical Center Health System Experience. Ann Intern Med. 2022 Jun; 175(6):879-884.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35576586
     
  5. Savinkina A, Madushani RWMA, Eftekhari Yazdi G, Wang J, Barocas JA, Morgan JR, Assoumou SA, Walley AY, Linas BP, Murphy SM. Population-level impact of initiating pharmacotherapy and linking to care people with opioid use disorder at inpatient medically managed withdrawal programs: an effectiveness and cost-effectiveness analysis. Addiction. 2022 Sep; 117(9):2450-2461.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35315162; PMCID: PMC9377514; DOI: 10.1111/add.15879;
     
  6. Massey ESG, Bazzi AR, Sian CR, Gebel CM, Bernstein JA, Assoumou SA. "I've been 95% safe": perspectives on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis at a drug detoxification center: a qualitative study. AIDS Care. 2022 Feb 02; 1-5.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35109737; PMCID: PMC9343469; DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2022.2031853;
     
  7. Linas BP, Assoumou SA. Laying the Foundation for a New and Inclusive Science. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 02 01; 5(2):e2148540.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35157061
     
  8. Cole MB, Raifman JR, Assoumou SA, Kim JH. Assessment of Administration and Receipt of COVID-19 Vaccines by Race and Ethnicity in US Federally Qualified Health Centers. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 01 04; 5(1):e2142698.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35006248; PMCID: PMC8749468; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.42698;
     
  9. Harvey L, Taylor JL, Assoumou SA, Kehoe J, Schechter-Perkins EM, Bernstein E, Walley AY. Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infections Among Patients Presenting to a Low-barrier Substance Use Disorder Medication Clinic. J Addict Med. 2021 Nov-Dec 01; 15(6):461-467.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34734572; PMCID: PMC8569143; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000801;
     
  10. Morgan JR, Walley AY, Murphy SM, Chatterjee A, Hadland SE, Barocas J, Linas BP, Assoumou SA. Characterizing initiation, use, and discontinuation of extended-release buprenorphine in a nationally representative United States commercially insured cohort. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 08 01; 225:108764.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34051547; PMCID: PMC8488795; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108764;
     
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WBUR Ramps Up COVID Coverage as Vaccine Rollout Increases

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Boston25 News 1/27/2021

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NECN 1/18/2021

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Roxbury Presbyterian Church 1/7/2021

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GBH 12/18/2020

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Boston 25 12/14/2020

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POZ 9/14/2020

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2021 Boston University School of Medicine: Inaugural Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Professor of Medicine
2020 Boston University School of Medicine: Distinguished Faculty of Month
2018 Boston University School of Medicine: Department of Medicine Career Investment Award
2017 Boston Medical Center: Excellence in Teaching Hospital-Based Faculty Award
2014-2017 National Institutes of Health: Loan Repayment Program
2011 Massachusetts Infectious Disease Society: Finland Award for Research Excellence
2004 University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry: Bryce Collier Prize
2004 University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry: Kenneth Woodward Memorial Award
2001 University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry: International Medicine Fellowship
2000-2004 University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry: Rochester Prize Scholarship
1995-1999 Williams College: Herbert Lehman Scholarship
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