Karsten Lunze, MD, MPH, DrPH

CARE Unit FacultyLunze

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


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


Dr. Lunze trained in pediatrics, preventive medicine and addiction medicine and is a global health research faculty in the CARE unit. His scientific focus lies on the risk environment of HIV-infected people who use drugs. He collaborates with research partners in Russia, Malaysia and other countries, and is a health advisor for the WHO and UNICEF.  Dr Lunze teaches courses on research methods and management & leadership in the BU School of Medicine academic primary care programs.

Boston University faculty appointment: 2012

Areas of Specialization

  • HIV prevention and risk environment of people who use drugs
  • Behavioral economics for health behavior changes
  • Post-conflict health systems reconstruction
  • Maternal and child health

Education and Training

Addiction Medicine, Boston University, Boston, MA

Pediatrics/ Pediatric Cardiology, Charité Medical School, German Heart Institute, Berlin, Germany
Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Harriet Lane Residency Program, Baltimore, MD
Preventive Medicine and General Preventive Medicine, Boston University, Boston, MA

MD, Charité Medical School, Berlin, Germany
PhD in Medical Sciences (Genetic Epidemiology), Charité Medical School, Berlin, Germany
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
DrPH, Boston University, Boston, MA


Honors and Awards

  • Early Career Investigator Award for Global Health; NIDA and Taiwan CDC; Taipei, Taiwan
  • NIDA-ISAM Award, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:
  • Don Gemson Award, American College of Preventive Medicine, Washington, DC
  • International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, Prize for Best Study Influencing Drug Policy, Canterbury, UK
  • NIH, NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Award, Bethesda, MD
  • Ruth Fox Award, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Holtzer Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Young Investigator Award, German Hypertension Society, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Honorary Member, Osler Society, Green College, Oxford, UK

Key Publications

Lunze K, Paasche-Orlow MK. Financial Incentives for Healthy Behavior – Ethical Safeguards for Behavioral Economics. Am J Prev Med 2013 Jun;44(6):659–665

Lunze K, Migliorini L. Tobacco Control in the Russian Federation – A Policy Analysis. BMC Public Health. 2013 Jan 23;13(1):64.

Lunze FI, Offergeld C, Eichhorn T, Tsorieva Z, Esenov C, Lunze K. Trauma in conflict and postconflict settings: contributions to health systems strengthening. Minerva Chir. 2013 Jun; 68(3):275-80.

Lunze K, Cheng D, Quinn E, Krupitsky E, Raj A, Walley AY, Bridden C, Chaisson C, Lioznov D, Blokhina E, Samet JH. Nondisclosure of HIV Infection to Sex Partners and Alcohol’s Role: A Russian Experience. AIDS and Behavior. 2013 Jan;17(1):390-8

Lunze K, Lunze FI. Addressing the burden of post-conflict surgical disease – strategies from the North Caucasus. Glob Public Health. 2011;6(6):669-77.

Lunze K. Health and human rights: no miracle in postconflict Chechnya. Lancet. 2009 Nov 28;374(9704):1809-10.

Lunze K. Biostatistics and Evidence-Based Medicine. In: The Harriet Lane Handbook. A Manual for Pediatric House Officers, 19th edition, edited by Arcara K., Tschudy M., Mosby 2011

Publications and NIH Grant Support