Karsten Lunze, MD, MPH, DrPH, FACPM, FAAP

Associate Professor, Medicine

Karsten Lunze
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


Karsten Lunze holds a medical degree and doctorates in genetic epidemiology and public health. Following clinical training in pediatrics at Charité Berlin, Germany, and the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore, MD, and in public health/preventive medicine and addiction medicine at BMC, he has conducted research concerned with individual and structural risks affecting disadvantaged populations. His clinical health services research has been devoted to improving the health of women and newborns in resource-limited environments. Karsten’s federally and foundation-supported global health research aims to improve access to quality care for disadvantaged populations worldwide by addressing intersectional stigma and other barriers to prevention and care via multi-level behavioral and pharmacological interventions for people with addictions, HIV, TB and other conditions.

Director of Global Health, Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center
Co-Director, Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Substance Use Research Core

Access to quality care for disadvantaged people
Stigma, HIV prevention and care in key populations
Behavioral interventions in humanitarian settings
Implementation Science
Global maternal and newborn health

Other Positions

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


  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, MD
  • Boston University School of Public Health, DPH/DrPH
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DM
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH


  • Published on 3/12/2024

    Davis A, Knudsen HK, Walker DM, Chassler D, Lunze K, Westgate PM, Oga E, Rodriguez S, Tan S, Holloway J, Walsh SL, Oser CB, Lefebvre RC, Fanucchi LC, Glasgow L, McAlearney AS, Surratt HL, Konstan MW, Huang TT, LeBaron P, Nakayima J, Stein MD, Rudorf M, Nouvong M, Kinnard EN, El-Bassel N, Tilley J, Macoubray A, Savitzky C, Farmer A, Beers D, Salsberry P, Huerta TR. Effects of the Communities that Heal (CTH) intervention on perceived opioid-related community stigma in the HEALing Communities Study: results of a multi-site, community-level, cluster-randomized trial. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2024 Apr; 32:100710. PMID: 38510790.

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  • Published on 2/1/2024

    Rosen S, Blokhina E, Truong V, Bereznicka A, Gnatienko N, Quinn E, Lioznov D, Krupitsky E, Michals A, Lunze K, Samet JH. Comparative costs and potential affordability of a multifaceted intervention to improve treatment outcomes among people with HIV who inject drugs in Russia: economic evaluation of the LINC-II randomized controlled trial. J Int AIDS Soc. 2024 Feb; 27(2):e26208. PMID: 38403887.

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  • Published on 12/29/2023

    Kimmel SD, Samet JH, Cheng DM, Vetrova M, Idrisov B, Rossi SL, Rateau L, Astone K, Michals A, Sisson E, Blokhina E, Milet-Carty N, Bovell-Ammon BJ, Gnatienko N, Truong V, Krupitsky E, Lunze K. Stigma and other correlates of sharing injection equipment among people with HIV in St. Petersburg, Russia. Glob Public Health. 2024 Jan; 19(1):2296009. PMID: 38158724.

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  • Published on 12/19/2023

    Chatterjee A, Baker T, Rudorf M, Walt G, Stotz C, Martin A, Kinnard EN, McAlearney AS, Bosak J, Medley B, Pinkhover A, Taylor JL, Samet JH, Lunze K. Mobile treatment for opioid use disorder: Implementation of community-based, same-day medication access interventions. J Subst Use Addict Treat. 2024 Apr; 159:209272. PMID: 38128649.

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  • Published on 12/1/2023

    Canfield J, Truong V, Bereznicka A, Bridden C, Liebschutz J, Alford DP, Saitz R, Samet JH, Walley AY, Lunze K. Evaluation of a student clinical research education program in addiction medicine. Ann Med. 2023 Dec; 55(1):361-370. PMID: 36629696.

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  • Published on 11/23/2023

    Bosak J, Drainoni ML, Christopher M, Medley B, Rodriguez S, Bell S, Kim E, Stotz C, Hamilton G, Bigsby C, Gillen F, Kimball J, McClay C, Powers K, Walt G, Battaglia T, Chassler D, Sprague Martinez L, Lunze K. Community advisory board members' perspectives on their contributions to a large multistate cluster RCT: a mixed methods study. J Clin Transl Sci. 2024; 8(1):e1. PMID: 38384918.

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  • Published on 10/25/2023

    Davis A, Stringer KL, Drainoni ML, Oser CB, Knudsen HK, Aldrich A, Surratt HL, Walker DM, Gilbert L, Downey DL, Gardner SD, Tan S, Lines LM, Vandergrift N, Mack N, Holloway J, Lunze K, McAlearney AS, Huerta TR, Goddard-Eckrich DA, El-Bassel N. Community-level determinants of stakeholder perceptions of community stigma toward people with opioid use disorders, harm reduction services and treatment in the HEALing Communities Study. Int J Drug Policy. 2023 Dec; 122:104241. PMID: 37890391.

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  • Published on 10/5/2023

    Raj A, Gnatienko N, Cheng DM, Blokhina E, Dey AK, Wagman JA, Toussova O, Truong V, Rateau L, Lunze K, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Provider-patient experiences and HIV care utilization among people living with HIV who inject drugs in St. Petersburg, Russia. Int J Qual Health Care. 2023 Oct 05; 35(4). PMID: 37642351.

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  • Published on 9/1/2023

    Samet JH, Blokhina E, Cheng DM, Rosen S, Lioznov D, Lunze K, Truong V, Gnatienko N, Quinn E, Bushara N, Raj A, Krupitsky E. Rapid access to antiretroviral therapy, receipt of naltrexone, and strengths-based case management versus standard of care for HIV viral load suppression in people with HIV who inject drugs in Russia (LINC-II): an open-label, randomised controlled trial. Lancet HIV. 2023 Sep; 10(9):e578-e587. PMID: 37659841.

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  • Published on 6/28/2023

    Chen S, Walt G, Aldrich A, McAlearney AS, Linas B, Amuchi B, Freedman DA, Goddard-Eckrich D, Gibson E, Hartman Ms J, Bosak J, Lunze K, Jones L, Christopher M, Salsberry P, Jackson R, Back S, Drainoni ML, Walker DM. A Qualitative Study of Health Equity's Role in Community Coalition Development. Health Educ Behav. 2023 Jun 28; 10901981231179755. PMID: 37376998.

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