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 School of Medicine
  • Faculty, Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


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


  • 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 Oct 28; e1-e10. 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 U.S. infants, 6-12 months: A narrative review of the Federal nutrition monitoring data. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2021 Oct 21. 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. 2021 Oct 18. 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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  • Published on 6/29/2021

    Gobeil K, Medling T, Tavares P, Sawalha K, Abozenah M, Friedmann PD, Naimi T, Pack QR. Frequency of Hazardous and Binge Drinking Alcohol Among Hospitalized Cardiovascular Patients. Am J Cardiol. 2021 08 15; 153:119-124. PMID: 34210505.

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  • Published on 6/16/2021

    Ross CS, Babor TF, Bartholow BD, DeJong W, Fitzgerald N, Jackson KM, Jernigan DH, Naimi TS, Noel JK, Petticrew M, Severi K, Siegel MB, Stockwell T, Tori M, Xuan Z. Call to restore funding to monitor youth exposure to alcohol advertising. Addiction. 2021 10; 116(10):2922-2923. PMID: 34060173.

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  • Published on 5/11/2021

    Bailey RL, Ard JD, Davis TA, Naimi TS, Schneeman BO, Stang JS, Dewey KG, Donovan SM, Novotny R, Snetselaar LG, de Jesus J, Casavale KO, Pannucci T, Stoody EE. A Proposed Framework for Identifying Nutrients and Food Components of Public Health Relevance in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. J Nutr. 2021 05 11; 151(5):1197-1204. PMID: 33693925.

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  • Published on 4/29/2021

    Cook WK, Li L, Greenfield TK, Patterson D, Naimi T, Xuan Z, Karriker-Jaffe KJ. State Alcohol Policies, Binge Drinking Prevalence, Socioeconomic Environments and Alcohol's Harms to Others: A Mediation Analysis. Alcohol Alcohol. 2021 Apr 29; 56(3):360-367. PMID: 32790857.

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  • Published on 3/19/2021

    Parikh ND, Chung GS, Mellinger J, Blanchette JG, Naimi TS, Tapper EB. Alcohol Policies and Alcohol-related Liver Disease Mortality. Gastroenterology. 2021 07; 161(1):350-352. PMID: 33753104.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Coleman SM, Lira MC, Blanchette J, Heeren TC, Naimi TS. Alcohol policies, firearm policies, and suicide in the United States: a lagged cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2021 03 01; 21(1):366. PMID: 33641667.

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