Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), received the John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Medical Education at the annual conference of the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA). The McGovern Award is AMERSA’s highest honor.
Dr. John P. McGovern was known for his achievements as an allergist, investor and philanthropist who made significant contributions to research about alcohol and other drug use. The John P. McGovern award recognizes exemplary leadership in the fields of substance use education and research.
Dr. Alford is the Director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit within the Section of General Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC).
He is active locally and nationally teaching healthcare providers about managing individuals with addiction and safer opioid prescribing for pain. With federal and state grants, he developed and evaluated addiction medicine curricula for generalist physicians, including the Chief Resident Immersion Training in Addiction Medicine program, now in its 19th year.
In 2011, he was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House and has received the American Medical Association’s “Award for Health Education”, the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s “Educator of the Year Award” and the American College of Physicians “Award for Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Medicine”. Dr. Alford has been invited to speak at high-impact venues including the National Governors Association, Medicaid Medical Directors, the Federation of State Medical Boards, National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the National Academies of Sciences.
Beginning in 2012, he developed the BUSM Safer/Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program, which under his direction has trained more than 165,000 healthcare professionals around the country. The SCOPE of Pain program received the White House Office of National Drug Program’s “Outstanding Prevention Effort” award.
After graduating from Connecticut College he joined the U.S. Peace Corps, and served as the Training Officer for a Schistosomiasis Control Program in Malawi, Central Africa. In 1986 he received his MPH from Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and spent three years as the assistant director for International Health Training Programs at BUSPH. He then received his MD from BUSM and completed his internal medicine residency and chief residency at Boston City Hospital. Dr. Alford joined the BMC/BUSM Section of General Internal Medicine in 1996.