Timothy S. Naimi, MD, MPH

Adjunct Professor, Medicine

Timothy Naimi
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


Timothy Naimi M.D., M.P.H is a physician and alcohol epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center (BMC), and a Professor with the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Naimi received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, his M.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts, and his M.P.H degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Epidemiologic Intelligence Officer program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a preventive medicine residency with the CDC. Prior to coming to BMC, Dr. Naimi worked as a clinician for the U.S. Indian Health Service, and as a senior epidemiologist with the Alcohol Team at CDC. His current research interests, for which he receives grant support from the National Institutes of Health and CDC, include binge drinking, youth drinking, health effects of low-dose ethanol, and substance use policy including the impact of alcohol control policies, cannabis policies, and opioid policies on substance use and other health outcomes. He has co-authored more than 100 published manuscripts and book chapters.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Associate Professor, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Faculty, Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD
  • Harvard University, MPH
  • Harvard College, BA


  • Published on 5/25/2022

    Blanchette JG, Pacula RL, Smart R, Lira MC, Boustead AE, Caulkins JP, Kilmer B, Kerr WC, Treffers R, Naimi TS. Rating the comparative efficacy of state-level cannabis policies on recreational cannabis markets in the United States. Int J Drug Policy. 2022 Aug; 106:103744. PMID: 35636068.

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  • Published on 4/1/2022

    Lira MC, Naimi TS. Lira and Naimi Respond. Am J Public Health. 2022 Apr; 112(4):e2-e3. PMID: 35319945.

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  • Published on 4/1/2022

    Sherk A, Esser MB, Stockwell T, Naimi TS. Estimating alcohol-attributable liver disease mortality: A comparison of methods. Drug Alcohol Rev. 2022 Jul; 41(5):1245-1253. PMID: 35363378.

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  • Published on 3/17/2022

    Pacula RL, Smart R, Lira MC, Pessar SC, Blanchette JG, Naimi TS. Relationships of Cannabis Policy Liberalization With Alcohol Use and Co-Use With Cannabis: A Narrative Review. Alcohol Res. 2022; 42(1):06. PMID: 35360879.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Esser MB, Sherk A, Subbaraman MS, Martinez P, Karriker-Jaffe KJ, Sacks JJ, Naimi TS. Improving Estimates of Alcohol-Attributable Deaths in the United States: Impact of Adjusting for the Underreporting of Alcohol Consumption. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2022 01; 83(1):134-144. PMID: 35040769.

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  • Published on 11/2/2021

    Gapstur SM, Bandera EV, Jernigan DH, LoConte NK, Southwell BG, Vasiliou V, Brewster AM, Naimi TS, Scherr CL, Shield KD. Alcohol and Cancer: Existing Knowledge and Evidence Gaps across the Cancer Continuum. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 01; 31(1):5-10. PMID: 34728469.

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  • Published on 10/28/2021

    Lira MC, Heeren TC, Buczek M, Blanchette JG, Smart R, Pacula RL, Naimi TS. Trends in Cannabis Involvement and Risk of Alcohol Involvement in Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities in the United States, 2000?2018. Am J Public Health. 2021 11; 111(11):1976-1985. PMID: 34709858.

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  • Published on 10/21/2021

    Bailey RL, Stang JS, Davis TA, Naimi TS, Schneeman BO, Dewey KG, Donovan SM, Novotny R, Kleinman RE, Taveras EM, Bazzano L, Snetselaar LG, de Jesus J, Casavale KO, Stoody EE, Goldman JD, Moshfegh AJ, Rhodes DG, Herrick KA, Koegel K, Perrine CG, Pannucci T. Dietary and Complementary Feeding Practices of US Infants, 6 to 12 Months: A Narrative Review of the Federal Nutrition Monitoring Data. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2022 Dec; 122(12):2337-2345.e1. PMID: 34688966.

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  • Published on 10/18/2021

    Naimi T, Chikritzhs T, Stockwell T. Commentary on Di Castelnuovo et al: Implications of using low volume drinkers instead of never drinkers as the reference group. Addiction. 2022 02; 117(2):327-329. PMID: 34658091.

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  • Published on 8/2/2021

    Mayer-Davis EJ, Naimi TS, Mattes RD. Proposed reductions in limits on added sugar and alcohol for the new dietary guidelines: our perspective. Am J Clin Nutr. 2021 08 02; 114(2):405-406. PMID: 33873203.

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