Joanna Buczek, MD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Joanna Buczek
720 Harrison Ave


Joanna Piechniczek-Buczek, MD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and Executive Vice-Chair in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. She is also Medical Director of the Emergency Services Programs in the Boston and Cambridge/Somerville areas. She graduated from the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland and completed a General Psychiatry residency and Addiction Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry fellowships at Boston University School of Medicine. She is also a graduate of the prestigious Alcohol Medical Scholars Program. Prior to assuming her role as Executive Vice-Chair of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Piechniczek-Buczek held numerous leadership positions, including Medical Director of Addiction Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Chief of Psychiatry at Quincy Medical Center. At both institutions she was involved in improving treatment for medical patients with substance use disorders by leading steering committees on delirium management and treatment of alcohol withdrawal. She has participated in numerous NIAAA and NIDA-sponsored clinical trials in which a wide range of medications were tested as treatments for alcohol and cocaine use disorders. She is a practicing and teaching psychiatrist with expertise in emergency, addiction, and geriatric psychiatry. Her special interests include treating elderly individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems and treating substance use problems in medically compromised patients



  • Medical University of Silesia, MD


  • Published on 3/1/2010

    Knapp CM, Sarid-Segal O, Richardson MA, Colaneri LS, Afshar M, Devine E, Streeter CC, Piechniczek-Buczek J, Ciraulo DA. Open label trial of the tolerability and efficacy of zonisamide in the treatment of alcohol dependence. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2010 Mar; 36(2):102-5. PMID: 20337506.

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  • Published on 5/2/2008

    Volicer L, DeRuvo L, Hyer K, Piechniczek-Buczek J, Riordan ME. Development of a scale to measure quality of visits with relatives with dementia. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2008 Jun; 9(5):327-31. PMID: 18519113.

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  • Published on 1/1/2008

    Sarid-Segal O, Piechniczek-Buczek J, Knapp C, Afshar M, Devine E, Sickles L, Uwodukunda E, Richambault C, Koplow J, Ciraulo D. The effects of levetiracetam on alcohol consumption in alcohol-dependent subjects: an open label study. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2008; 34(4):441-7. PMID: 18584574.

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  • Published on 12/22/2006

    Piechniczek-Buczek J, Riordan ME, Volicer L. Family member perception of quality of their visits with relatives with dementia: a pilot study. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2007 Mar; 8(3):166-72. PMID: 17349945.

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  • Published on 5/1/2006

    Piechniczek-Buczek J. Psychiatric emergencies in the elderly population. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2006 May; 24(2):467-90, viii. PMID: 16584967.

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  • Published on 6/1/2003

    Ciraulo DA, Piechniczek-Buczek J, Iscan EN. Outcome predictors in substance use disorders. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2003 Jun; 26(2):381-409. PMID: 12778840.

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