Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
MPH, Harvard University
BA, Harvard College

Timothy Naimi M.D., M.P.H is a physician and alcohol epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center (BMC), and a Professor with the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Naimi received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, his M.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts, and his M.P.H degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Epidemiologic Intelligence Officer program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a preventive medicine residency with the CDC. Prior to coming to BMC, Dr. Naimi worked as a clinician for the U.S. Indian Health Service, and as a senior epidemiologist with the Alcohol Team at CDC. His current research interests, for which he receives grant support from the National Institutes of Health and CDC, include binge drinking, youth drinking, health effects of low-dose ethanol, and substance use policy including the impact of alcohol control policies, cannabis policies, and opioid policies on substance use and other health outcomes. He has co-authored more than 100 published manuscripts and book chapters.

Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences

Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Pediatrics

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit

Impact of Marijuana Policies on Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Mortality
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2022 (PI)

Harms to Others from Drinking Among College Students
09/20/2018 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University NIH-NIAAA

09/28/2018 - 08/01/2021 (PI)
RAND Corporation NIH-NIDA

Supporting dissemination of Community Guide recommendations for preventing excessive alcohol use
10/01/2018 - 07/31/2020 (PI)
ChangeLab Solutions CDC

State Naloxone Policies- Exploring Effects of Implementation on EMS and Community Bystander Use
06/25/2018 - 03/31/2020 (PI)
RAND Corporation NIH-NIDA

The Impact of Alcohol Policies on Fatalities from Alcohol-Involved Crashes Below the Legal Limit
01/01/2018 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
Peter F. McManus Charitable Trust

The Alcohol Policy Environment and Leading Causes of Alcohol Related Mortality
09/15/2014 - 02/28/2019 (PI)

IPA Agreement - CDC
09/01/2014 - 10/15/2018 (PI)

Youth Drinking: the Effects of Alcohol Control Policies and Adult Drinking Patter
03/01/2010 - 02/28/2015 (PI)
5R01 AA018377-05

Social & Health Effects of Changes in Alcohol Prices: A Research Collaborative
09/01/2011 - 08/31/2014 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University CDC


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Impact of Marijuana Policies on Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Mortality 5R01AA026268-04 2
2020 Impact of Marijuana Policies on Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Mortality 5R01AA026268-03 2
2019 Impact of Marijuana Policies on Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Mortality 5R01AA026268-02 2
2018 Impact of Marijuana Policies on Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Mortality 1R01AA026268-01 2
2016 The Alcohol Policy Environment and Leading Causes of Alcohol Related Mortality 5R01AA023376-03 12
2015 The Alcohol Policy Environment and Leading Causes of Alcohol Related Mortality 5R01AA023376-02 12
2014 The Alcohol Policy Environment and Leading Causes of Alcohol Related Mortality 1R01AA023376-01 12
2012 Youth Drinking: Effects of Alcohol Control Policies and Adult Drinking Patterns 5R01AA018377-05 26
2011 Youth Drinking: The Effects of Alcohol Control Policies and Adult Drinking Patte 5R01AA018377-04 26
2010 Youth Drinking: The Effects of Alcohol Control Policies and Adult Drinking Patte 5R01AA018377-03 26
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  1. Blanchette JG, Pacula RL, Smart R, Lira MC, Boustead AE, Caulkins JP, Kilmer B, Kerr WC, Treffers R, Naimi TS. Rating the comparative efficacy of state-level cannabis policies on recreational cannabis markets in the United States. Int J Drug Policy. 2022 Aug; 106:103744.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35636068
  2. Sherk A, Esser MB, Stockwell T, Naimi TS. Estimating alcohol-attributable liver disease mortality: A comparison of methods. Drug Alcohol Rev. 2022 Jul; 41(5):1245-1253. PMID: 35363378; PMCID: PMC9253033; DOI: 10.1111/dar.13470;
  3. Lira MC, Naimi TS. Lira and Naimi Respond. Am J Public Health. 2022 Apr; 112(4):e2-e3. PMID: 35319945; PMCID: PMC8961839; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2021.306707;
  4. Pacula RL, Smart R, Lira MC, Pessar SC, Blanchette JG, Naimi TS. Relationships of Cannabis Policy Liberalization With Alcohol Use and Co-Use With Cannabis: A Narrative Review. Alcohol Res. 2022; 42(1):06.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35360879; PMCID: PMC8936161; DOI: 10.35946/arcr.v42.1.06;
  5. Esser MB, Sherk A, Subbaraman MS, Martinez P, Karriker-Jaffe KJ, Sacks JJ, Naimi TS. Improving Estimates of Alcohol-Attributable Deaths in the United States: Impact of Adjusting for the Underreporting of Alcohol Consumption. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2022 01; 83(1):134-144. PMID: 35040769; PMCID: PMC8819896; DOI: 10.15288/jsad.2022.83.134;
  6. Gapstur SM, Bandera EV, Jernigan DH, LoConte NK, Southwell BG, Vasiliou V, Brewster AM, Naimi TS, Scherr CL, Shield KD. Alcohol and Cancer: Existing Knowledge and Evidence Gaps across the Cancer Continuum. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 01; 31(1):5-10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34728469; PMCID: PMC8755600; DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-21-0934;
  7. Lira MC, Heeren TC, Buczek M, Blanchette JG, Smart R, Pacula RL, Naimi TS. Trends in Cannabis Involvement and Risk of Alcohol Involvement in Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities in the United States, 2000?2018. Am J Public Health. 2021 11; 111(11):1976-1985.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34709858; PMCID: PMC8630490; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2021.306466;
  8. Bailey RL, Stang JS, Davis TA, Naimi TS, Schneeman BO, Dewey KG, Donovan SM, Novotny R, Kleinman RE, Taveras EM, Bazzano L, Snetselaar LG, de Jesus J, Casavale KO, Stoody EE, Goldman JD, Moshfegh AJ, Rhodes DG, Herrick KA, Koegel K, Perrine CG, Pannucci T. Dietary and Complementary Feeding Practices of US Infants, 6 to 12 Months: A Narrative Review of the Federal Nutrition Monitoring Data. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2022 Dec; 122(12):2337-2345.e1. PMID: 34688966
  9. Naimi T, Chikritzhs T, Stockwell T. Commentary on Di Castelnuovo et al: Implications of using low volume drinkers instead of never drinkers as the reference group. Addiction. 2022 02; 117(2):327-329. PMID: 34658091
  10. Mayer-Davis EJ, Naimi TS, Mattes RD. Proposed reductions in limits on added sugar and alcohol for the new dietary guidelines: our perspective. Am J Clin Nutr. 2021 08 02; 114(2):405-406. PMID: 33873203
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MGH claims breakthrough in detecting marijuana impairment

The Boston Globe 2/4/2022

Roadway deaths involving cannabis on the rise: study

Safety & Health Magazine 1/13/2022

Car Crash Deaths Involving Cannabis Spiked; Alcohol Often Used, Too

Forbes 12/30/2021

Cannabis-related fatal car crashes double in 20 years

Futurity 12/27/2021

Deadly Mix: Fatal Auto Collisions Involving Marijuana and Alcohol Skyrocketing to Disturbing Levels

News Blaze 12/9/2021

Cannabis and alcohol mix leads to more crash deaths, new study shows

DATAC 12/7/2021

Study: Fatal crashes involving alcohol haven't waned since cannabis legalization

Boston Business Journal 11/5/2021

Fatal crashes involving alcohol haven’t waned since cannabis legalization, study suggests

MassLive 11/3/2021

U.S.-Canadian researchers say car crash deaths involving cannabis on the rise in the U.S.

The Growth Op 11/1/2021

Deadly combination: Fatal car crashes involving cannabis & alcohol skyrocketing

Study Finds 10/29/2021

One new US dietary guideline is worth ignoring

Quartz 12/31/2020

Is the pandemic making us drink more, or less? It’s complicated

Salon 10/17/2020

Lawmakers Accuse Federal Agencies Of Pursuing An Anti-Alcohol Agenda In Considering New Drinking Recommendations

Forbes 8/28/2020

Do You Really Have to Follow Those New Alcohol Guidelines?

Bloomberg 8/26/2020

Men Urged to Limit Alcohol to One Drink a Day Amid New Concerns

The Wall Street Journal 8/17/2020

Men should limit alcohol to 1 drink a day, experts say

The Associated Press 7/15/2020

Men Should Limit Alcohol Intake to One Drink a Day for Better Health, Federal Committee Advises

Fox News 6/20/2020

Statin Lipophilicity and the Risk of Incident Heart Failure

Physician's Weekly 4/16/2020

Study: Many Car Crash Deaths Involve Alcohol Below Legal Limit

Newsmax Health 3/17/2020

Many Car Crash Deaths Involve Alcohol Levels Below Legal Limit: Study

U.S. News & World Report 3/16/2020

Fatal Crashes Might Decline with Lower Legal Blood Alcohol Limits

Reuters 3/16/2020

Study Finds Legal Drinking Limit May Not Be Low Enough

Courthouse News Service 3/15/2020

Is It Time to Pour One Out for the Packie?

Boston Magazine 2/18/2020

US drinking more now than just before Prohibition

Associated Press 1/14/2020

Tighter Alcohol Laws Might Help Curb Cancer

Health Day 12/11/2019

Tighter Alcohol Laws Might Help Curb Cancer

U.S. News & World Report 12/11/2019

A Nimbler Way to Track Alcohol Use: Mining Twitter & Google Searches

ReachMD 12/3/2019

Utah Alcohol Laws Hit the 'Sweet Spot' Between Consumer Demand and Health Concerns, Speaker Says

The Salt Lake Tribune 10/18/2019

Second-Hand Alcohol Drinking is Finally Being Recognized for its Health Risk

The Tempest 10/16/2019

Hold the Liquor: Sober Bars Growing in Pittsburgh

Trib Live 10/14/2019

Alcohol Taxes Not Close to Covering Cost of Drinking Harms in the U.S

National Post 9/12/2019

Booze Taxes Don't Make Up for Societal Costs of Excess Drinking: Study

HealthDay 9/11/2019

The Cost of Damages from Excessive Drinking Dwarfs Alcohol Tax Revenue

Marketplace 9/11/2019

Baby Boomers on a Drinking Binge

Impact Lab 8/22/2019

Baby Boomers on a Drinking Binge

Elemental 8/5/2019

One in 10 Older Adults Binge Drinks, Study Says

New York Times 8/2/2019

Millions Hurt by 'Secondhand' Alcohol of Others

WebMD 7/2/2019

The Secondhand Harms of Drinking Impact 1 in 5 Adults, Study Says

CNN.com 7/1/2019

One in Five Adults are Negatively Affected by Someone Else’s Drinking

The Week 7/1/2019

Denver Has a Drinking Problem, Health Officials Say

Patch 5/29/2019

Alcohol-mortality associations underestimated in cohort studies

Healio 3/5/2019

Drinking Alcohol Is More Harmful To Young People Than Previously Thought, According To Study

Bustle 3/5/2019

Do Studies Touting Benefits Of Alcohol Consumption Tell The Whole Story?

The Fix 3/4/2019

Drinking Alcohol May Be More Harmful Than Thought for Young Adults

Live Science 3/1/2019

Alcohol May Be Less Harmful For People Over 50

Medical News Today 2/28/2019

Charles River, Medical Campus Faculty Promoted to Full Professor

BU Today 2/11/2019

City Council Holds Hearing on Potential Buffer Zone Between Marijuana Dispensaries and Recovery Facilities

The Boston Sun 12/21/2018

Managing Comorbid Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorder

Clinical Pain Advisor 10/3/2018

Remember when a glass of wine a day was good for you? Here's why that changed.

Popular Science 9/10/2018

The ensuing problems will cluster among young people, low-income communities, and people with existing mental health problems

The Boston Globe 6/20/2018

Tough state alcohol laws tied to fewer drunk-driving fatalities

KFGO 6/1/2018

Debate over moderate alcohol use can be all-consuming

Post Gazette 4/22/2018

How much alcohol is too much? A new study says it’s found the number

PBS 4/12/2018

What Happens to Your Body When You Binge Drink

Healthline 3/29/2018

5 medical stories you should be reading now - Drunken driving causes more than 10,000 deaths in the U.S. per year

PBS 1/30/2018

2013 Codman Square Health Center: Teaching Award
2006 Outstanding Unit Citation Award
2006 Achievement Medal
2005 Isolated Hardship Award
2005 Public Health Research Award
2003 Achievement Medal
2002 Mayor’s Commendation
2002 Crisis Response Service Award
2002 Outstanding Unit Citation Award
2002 Commendation Medal
2000 Smiley’s Clinic: Primary Care Teaching Award
1999-2000 Outstanding Unit Citation Award

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