Timothy S. Naimi, MD, MPH

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

  • Associate Professor, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
  • 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 5/1/2020

    Blanchette JG, Ross CS, Naimi TS. The Rise and Fall of Alcohol Excise Taxes in U.S. States, 1933-2018. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2020 May; 81(3):331-338. PMID: 32527385.

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  • Published on 4/1/2020

    Tori ME, Larochelle MR, Naimi TS. Alcohol or Benzodiazepine Co-involvement With Opioid Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2017. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Apr 01; 3(4):e202361. PMID: 32271389.

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  • Published on 3/16/2020

    Lira MC, Sarda V, Heeren TC, Miller M, Naimi TS. Alcohol Policies and Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths Involving Blood Alcohol Concentrations Below 0.08. Am J Prev Med. 2020 05; 58(5):622-629. PMID: 32192802.

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  • Published on 1/17/2020

    Kanny D, Naimi TS, Liu Y, Brewer RD. Trends in Total Binge Drinks per Adult Who Reported Binge Drinking - United States, 2011-2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020 Jan 17; 69(2):30-34. PMID: 31945030.

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  • Published on 1/8/2020

    Long MT, Naimi TS. Reply. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020 Jun; 18(7):1651-1652. PMID: 31926338.

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  • Published on 1/1/2020

    Blanchette JG, Lira MC, Heeren TC, Naimi TS. Alcohol Policies in U.S. States, 1999-2018. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2020 01; 81(1):58-67. PMID: 32048602.

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  • Published on 12/2/2019

    Weitzman ER, Magane KM, Chen PH, Amiri H, Naimi TS, Wisk LE. Online Searching and Social Media to Detect Alcohol Use Risk at Population Scale. Am J Prev Med. 2020 01; 58(1):79-88. PMID: 31806270.

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  • Published on 11/14/2019

    Long MT, Massaro JM, Hoffmann U, Benjamin EJ, Naimi TS. Alcohol Use Is Associated With Hepatic Steatosis Among Persons With Presumed Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020 Jul; 18(8):1831-1841.e5. PMID: 31734449.

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  • Published on 10/31/2019

    Alattas M, Ross CS, Henehan ER, Naimi TS. Alcohol policies and alcohol-attributable cancer mortality in U.S. States. Chem Biol Interact. 2020 Jan 05; 315:108885. PMID: 31678112.

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  • Published on 7/1/2019

    Blanchette JG, Chaloupka FJ, Naimi TS. The Composition and Magnitude of Alcohol Taxes in States: Do They Cover Alcohol-Related Costs? J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2019 07; 80(4):408-414. PMID: 31495377.

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