Daniel Alford, MD, MPH

CARE Unit Faculty

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Director, CARE Unit, Section of Internal Medicine, Boston Medical Center

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

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

Program Director, Addiction Medicine Residency Program, Boston Medical Center

Team Medical Director, Boston Medical Center


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Dr. Daniel Alford is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean and Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Residency program at Boston University School of Medicine. He is on staff in the Section of General Internal Medicine. He is a diplomate in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is president-elect of the Association of Medical Education in Research in Substance Abuse. He is the medical director of the Massachusetts Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment and the BMC Office-based Opioid Treatment program. He is co-investigator for the National Institute on Drug Abuse funded Chief Resident Immersion Training Program in Addiction Medicine and the Massachusetts Consortium – Center of Excellence for Physician Information on Prescription Drug Abuse. He is course director for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine’s Safe Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain trainings. He was recently recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House.

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

Honors and Awards

  • AOA Recipient as BUSM Faculty Member, Boston University School of Medicine, 2011
  • Hero from the Field Rx for Excellence Award, Massachusetts Medical Law Report, 2011
  • Champion of Change, White House Office of Public Engagement and Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2011
  • Nyswander-Dole Award, American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, 2007
  • “Top Doctor” (Best Doctors in America Survey, Boston), Boston Magazine, 2005 to 2007
  • Most Valuable Player, Section of General Internal Medicine, Boston Medical Center, 2006
  • Semi-finalist for the Best Abstract Award, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, 2005, 2009
  • New Investigator/Educator Award, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, 2002
  • Full-time Faculty – Excellence in Teaching Award, Boston University Medical Center, 1999

Key Publications

Alford DP, LaBelle CT, Kretsch N, Bergeron A, Winter M, Botticelli M, Samet JH. Collaborative care of opioid-addicted patients in primary care using buprenorphine: Five-year experience. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(5):425-431

Alford DP, LaBelle CT, Richardson JM, O’Connell JJ, Hohl CA, Cheng DM, Samet JH. Treating homeless opioid dependent patients with buprenorphine in an office-based setting.  J Gen Intern Med. 2007;22:171-176

Alford DP, Compton P, Samet JH. Acute Pain Management in Patients Maintained on Methadone or Buprenorphine. Ann Intern Med 2006;144: 127-134

Alford DP, Krebs EE, Chen IA, Nicolaidis C, Bair MJ, Liebschutz J. Update in pain medicine. J
Gen Intern Med 2010. 25(11):1222-6

Alford DP, Bridden C, Jackson AH, Saitz R, Amodeo M, Barnes HN, Samet JH. Promoting substance abuse education among generalist physicians: evaluating the Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) program. J Gen Intern Med. 2009; 24(1):40-7

Publications and NIH Grant Support