Daniel Alford, MD, MPH

Director, CARE Unit

CARE Unit Faculty

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Assistant Dean, Boston University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education

Medical Director, Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT), Boston Medical Center


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


Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean of CME and Director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). He is on staff in the Section of General Internal Medicine and is director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit and Medical Director of the Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) program and Massachusetts Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment Training and Technical Assistance (MASBIRT TTA) program at Boston Medical Center (BMC). He is a diplomate in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) an interdisciplinary organization of leaders in substance use education, research, and policy. He is the chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Buprenorphine Course for Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders Planning Committee. He is course director of the Chief Resident Immersion Training Program in Addiction Medicine funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). In 2015 he was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Opioid Drug Formulary Commission. He was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House and in 2014 received the national AMA “Award for Health Education”. He is a sought-after keynote and grand rounds speaker to national and international audiences and an invited speaker at high-impact venues. His clinical, educational and research interests focus on opioid use disorders and safe and competent opioid prescribing for chronic pain.

Boston University faculty appointment: 1996

Areas of Specialization

  • Opioid dependence and chronic pain management including the interplay between pain and addiction

Education and Training

Adjunct Faculty Fellow, B.U. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Boston, MA 1996-1998

Chief Resident, Boston City Hospital, 1995-1996
Resident (Medicine), Boston City Hospital, 1992-1995

MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
MPH (Health Services), Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
BA (Zoology), Connecticut College, New London, CT

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