Jeffrey Samet, MD, MA, MPH

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Chief, Section of General Internal Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Vice Chair for Public Health, Department of Medicine

Professor of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health

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


Dr. Samet is a Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and Chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine Boston Medical Center.  He also serves as Medical Director of Addictions Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Support Services at the Boston Public Health Commission.

Dr. Samet’s research has focused on linkage of substance abuse treatment and primary medical care; addressing substance abuse issues in the primary care setting; the impact of alcohol and drug use in HIV-infected persons, the delay in establishing primary medical care for HIV infection; and HIV prevention strategies in Eastern Europe.  He is the Principal Investigator on several current NIAAA and NIDA-funded studies.  He is an internist and has been a primary care physician since 1983.

Boston University faculty appointment: 1989

Areas of Specialization

  • Primary Care and Substance Abuse
  • Alcohol Use and HIV Infection
  • Health Professional Substance Abuse Education

Education and Training

Harvard General Internal Medicine Fellowship (Clinical and Research, General Internal Medicine), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 1986-1989

Chief Resident (Internal Medicine), Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA
Resident (Internal Medicine), Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA 1983-1988

MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
MPH (Biostatistics & Epidemiology), Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
MA (Chemistry), Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
BA (Chemistry), Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Mentoring Award, NIDA International Program, 2011
  • Elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America®, Boston Magazine,  2006, 2010-2012
  • Excellence in Mentorship Annual National Award, AMERSA, 2003
  • “Top Doctor” (Best Doctors in America Survey, Boston), Boston Magazine, 2006 & 2007

Key Publications

Samet JH, Cheng DM, Libman H, Nunes DP, Alperen JK, Saitz R.  Alcohol consumption and HIV disease progression.
J AIDS. 2007; 46:194-199.

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; 171:425-431.

Liebschutz JM, Saitz R, Weiss RD, Averbuch T, Schwartz SL, Meltzer EC, Claggett-Borne E, Cabral H, Samet JH. Clinical factors associated with prescription drug use disorder in urban primary care patients with chronic pain. J Pain. 2010; 11:1047-1055.

Samet JH, Krupitsky EM, Cheng DM, Raj A, Egorova VY, Levenson S, Meli S, Bridden C, Verbitskaya EV, Kamb ML, Zvartau E.  Mitigating risky sexual behaviors among Russian narcology hospital patients: the PREVENT (Partnership to Reduce the Epidemic via Engagement in Narcology Treatment) randomized controlled trial. Addiction. 2008;103:1474-1483.

Alford D, Bridden C, Jackson A, Saitz R, Amodeo M, Barnes H, Samet JH.  Promoting substance use education among generalist physicians: An evaluation of the Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) program. J Gen Intern Med. 2009; 24:40-47.

Publications and NIH Grant Support