Christopher Shanahan, MD, MPH

CARE Unit Faculty

Shanahan_Christopher-2-5x3-5Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Director, Community Medicine Unit

Faculty Lead, BU Profiles

Crosstown Center, 801 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118


Dr. Shanahan is an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Community Medicine Unit within the Section of General Internal Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He was the former Associate Medical Director for the Massachusetts Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Program.

Boston University faculty appointment: 1991

Areas of Specialization

  • Substance abuse
  • Health Care Disparities
  • Information Technology
  • Community-based Medicine

Education and Training

Clinical Fellow in Medicine (General Internal Medicine), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1993-1995

Chief resident (Social Internal Medicine), Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Resident (Social Internal Medicine), Montefiore Medical Cente, Bronx, NY, 1988-1991

MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry Newark, NJ
MPH (Clinical Effectiveness), Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
BA (Biochemistry), Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ

Honors and Awards

    • American College of Physician Executives Management Scholar, American College of Physicians, 1998 
    • Faculty Scholar – Centers of Excellence in Geriatric and Community Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, 2000 
    • Edmond Steele Commitment to Excellence Award, Mattapan Community Health Center, 2003
    • Best Abstract Award Semi-finalist, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, 2009


Key Publications

Lois McCloskey, DrPH, MPH; Rebecca Condon, MPH; Christopher W. Shanahan, MD, MPH; James Wolff, MD, MPH, MAT, Corinna Culler, DrPH, RDH; Richard Kalish, MD, MPH, MS, Public Health, and Dentistry as Partners in Community Health: A Pioneering Initiative in Inter-professional, Practice-based Education, Public Health Management Practice, 2011, 17(4), 298–307. PMID: 21617403

Rosen, Amy K., Mull, Hillary J., Kaafarani, Haytham, Nebeker, Jonathan, Shimada, Stephanie, Helwig, Amy, Nordberg, Brian, Long, Brenna, Savitz, Lucy A., Shanahan, Christopher W., Itani, Kamal; Applying Trigger Tools to Detect Adverse Events Associated With Outpatient Surgery, Journal of Patient Safety, 7(1): 45-59 March 2011. PMID: 21921867

Shanahan CW, Beers D, Alford DP, Brigandi E, Samet JH. A Transitional Opioid Program to Engage Hospitalized Drug Users. J. General Internal Medicine, 25(8):803-808, August 2010. PMID: 20237960.

Lincoln A, Johnson P, Espejo D, Plachta-Elliott S, Lester P, Shanahan C, Abbott S, Cabral H, Jamanka A, Delman J, Kenny P. The BMC ACCESS Project: The Development of a Medically Enhanced Safe Haven Shelter. J Behav Health Serv Res, 36(4) 478-91, Oct 2009. PMID: 18830697

Shanahan CW, Lincoln A, Horton NJ, Saitz R, Winter M, Samet JH. Relationship of Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health to Repeat Detoxification. J. Substance Abuse Treatment, 29(2):117-123, Sept 2005. PMID: 16135340

Publications and NIH Grant Support