Daniel Alford, MD, MPH


Director, CARE Unit

CARE Unit Faculty

Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Associate Dean, Boston University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education

Director, Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit

Director, Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) Program


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Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education and Director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). He is on staff in the Section of General Internal Medicine and director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit at Boston Medical Center (BMC). He is also Medical Director of the Boston University Evidence-based SBIRT Student Training (BESST) Project and the Boston Medical Center’s Massachusetts SBIRT Training and Technical Assistance (MASBIRT TTA) program. He is past-president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). He is course director of the BUSM Immersion Training Programs in Addiction Medicine funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). In 2011 he was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House. In 2014 he received the American Medical Association “Award for Health Education” and in 2016 was awarded the Educator of the Year Award by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Medicine by the American College of Physicians. His clinical, educational and research interests focus on opioid use disorders and safe and competent opioid prescribing for chronic pain.

Boston University faculty appointment: 1996

Areas of Specialization

  • Opioid use disorders and chronic pain management including the interplay between pain and addiction

Education and Training

Adjunct Faculty Fellow, B.U. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Boston, MA 1996-1998

Chief Resident, Boston City Hospital, 1995-1996
Resident (Medicine), Boston City Hospital, 1992-1995

MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
MPH (Health Services), Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
BA (Zoology), Connecticut College, New London, CT

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