Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH

CARE Unit Faculty


Associate Professor, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health


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

Areas of Specialization

  • Binge alcohol consumption
  • Youth alcohol consumption
  • Alcohol policies
  • Health effects of ‘moderate’ drinking

Boston University faculty appointment: 2009

Education and Training

Epidemic Intelligence Service (Epidemiology), Atlanta, GA 1998-2000

Resident  (Internal Medicine & Pediatrics), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1991-1995
Resident (Preventive Medicine), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA,  2001-2002

MD, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
MPH, Harvard University, Boston, MA
AB (History & Science), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Key Publications

Naimi TS, Blanchette J, Nelson TF, Nguyen T, Oussayef N, Heeren TC, Gruenewald P, Mosher J, Xuan Z. A new scale of the U.S. alcohol policy environment and its relationship to binge drinking. Am J Prev Med. 2014;46(1):10–16. PMCID: PMC3878154.

Nelson, TF., Xuan Z, Babor T, Brewer RD, Chaloupka FJ, Gruenewald P, Holder H, Klitzner M, Mosher J, Ramirez RL, Reynolds R, Toomey TL, Naimi TS. Efficacy and strength-of-evidence of U.S. alcohol control policies. Am J Prev Med 2013;45(1):19-28. PMCID: PMC3708657.

Xuan Z, Nelson T, Heeren T, Blanchette J, Nelson D, Gruenewald P, Naimi T. Tax policy, adult binge drinking, and youth alcohol consumption in the United States. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2013;37(10):1713-1719. PMCID: PMC3795905.

Nelson DE, Jarman DW, Rehm J, Greenfield TK, Rey G, Kerr WC, Miller P, Shield KD, Ye Y, Naimi TS. Alcohol-attributable cancer deaths and years of potential life lost in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2013 Apr; 103(4):641-8. PMCID: PMC3673233 

Naimi TS, Xuan Z, Brown DW, Saitz R. Confounding and studies of ‘moderate’ alcohol consumption: the case of drinking frequency and implications for low-risk drinking guidelines. Addiction. 2013 Sep; 108(9):1534-43. PMID: 23075385

Publications and NIH Grant Support