Emily Hurstak, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Emily Hurstak
801 Massachusetts Ave


Dr. Emily Hurstak is the Medical Director for Grayken Center for Addiction TTA’s SUD Care Continuum ECHO. She is a primary care physician and addiction medicine specialist who provides primary medical care to patients at Boston Medical Center’s General Internal Medicine and OBAT clinics. She has focused her work and research on improving the understanding and care of patients with co-morbid substance use disorders and chronic pain as well as studying health literacy and health communication techniques to improve care of vulnerable patients. She is board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine and is trained in medical acupuncture. Dr. Hurstak received her medical degree from Columbia University and completed her residency, chief residency, and fellowship at the University of California San Francisco.


  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD
  • Yale University, BS
  • University of California, San Francisco, MASt


  • Published on 6/1/2023

    Lent MR, Dugosh KL, Hurstak E, Callahan HR, Mazur K. Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among adults initiating office-based buprenorphine. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2023 Jun 01; 18(1):37. PMID: 37264472.

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  • Published on 3/2/2023

    Hurstak EE, Paasche-Orlow MK, Hahn EA, Henault LE, Taddeo MA, Moreno PI, Weaver C, Marquez M, Serrano E, Thomas J, Griffith JW. The mediating effect of health literacy on COVID-19 vaccine confidence among a diverse sample of urban adults in Boston and Chicago. Vaccine. 2023 Apr 06; 41(15):2562-2571. PMID: 36907736.

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  • Published on 7/1/2019

    Chao MT, Hurstak E, Leonoudakis-Watts K, Sidders F, Pace J, Hammer H, Wismer B. Patient-Reported Outcomes of an Integrative Pain Management Program Implemented in a Primary Care Safety Net Clinic: a Quasi-experimental Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 07; 34(7):1105-1107. PMID: 30783878.

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  • Published on 3/1/2019

    Hurstak E, Chao MT, Leonoudakis-Watts K, Pace J, Walcer B, Wismer B. Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Integrative Pain Management Program in a Primary Care Safety-Net Clinic. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Mar; 25(S1):S78-S85. PMID: 30870021.

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  • Published on 1/30/2018

    Hurstak E, Rowe C, Turner C, Behar E, Cabugao R, Lemos NP, Burke C, Coffin P. Using medical examiner case narratives to improve opioid overdose surveillance. Int J Drug Policy. 2018 04; 54:35-42. PMID: 29353022.

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  • Published on 7/30/2017

    Hurstak E. Treating and Teaching: The San Francisco Free Clinic. Journal of the San Francisco and Marin Medical Societies. 2017; 90(6):24.

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  • Published on 7/4/2017

    Hurstak E, Johnson JK, Tieu L, Guzman D, Ponath C, Lee CT, Jamora CW, Kushel M. Factors associated with cognitive impairment in a cohort of older homeless adults: Results from the HOPE HOME study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 09 01; 178:562-570. PMID: 28738314.

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  • Published on 5/23/2017

    Knight KR, Kushel M, Chang JS, Zamora K, Ceasar R, Hurstak E, Miaskowski C. Opioid pharmacovigilance: A clinical-social history of the changes in opioid prescribing for patients with co-occurring chronic non-cancer pain and substance use. Soc Sci Med. 2017 08; 186:87-95. PMID: 28599142.

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  • Published on 4/10/2017

    Hurstak EE, Kushel M, Chang J, Ceasar R, Zamora K, Miaskowski C, Knight K. The risks of opioid treatment: Perspectives of primary care practitioners and patients from safety-net clinics. Subst Abus. 2017 Apr-Jun; 38(2):213-221. PMID: 28394752.

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  • Published on 11/29/2016

    Spinelli MA, Ponath C, Tieu L, Hurstak EE, Guzman D, Kushel M. Factors associated with substance use in older homeless adults: Results from the HOPE HOME study. Subst Abus. 2017 Jan-Mar; 38(1):88-94. PMID: 27897965.

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