Allen L. Gifford MD

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management

Professor, General Internal Medicine

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Allen Gifford

General Internal Medicine


Dr. Gifford is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Boston University School of Public Health and of Medicine in the BU School of Medicine, as well as a practicing physician. He leads the Health Services Research Section at VA Boston, where he is Director of the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), and corresponding Director of the Evidence, Policy, and Implementation Center. These national programs funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs support Health Services, and Implementation Science Research throughout VA. He is also past Director of the HIV/Hepatitis QUERI (Quality Enhancement research Initiative) for HIV and Hepatitis.
Dr. Gifford’s scholarly activities focus on improvement of care quality within learning healthcare systems, with special emphasis on implementation science including but not limited to HIV and Hepatitis. He has been a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award for his research on medication adherence support programs, and a VA Advanced Research Career Development Award for implementation research. He has been Principal Investigator of many research studies, including NIH R01, VA HSR&D Merit, QUERI, and private foundation grants.
He is an attending physician, practicing HIV and Hepatitis care at the VA Bedford and VA Boston Healthcare Systems.

Other Positions


Medicine, MD, University of North Carolina

Folklore, AB, Harvard University


Published on 2/13/2024

Jackson GL, Fix GM, White BS, Cutrona SL, Reardon CM, Damschroder LJ, Burns M, DeLaughter K, Opra Widerquist MA, Arasim M, Lindquist J, Gifford AL, King HA, Kaitz J, Jasuja GK, Hogan TP, Lopez JCF, Henderson B, Fitzgerald BA, Goetschius A, Hagan D, McCoy C, Seelig A, Nevedal A. Diffusion of excellence: evaluating a system to identify, replicate, and spread promising innovative practices across the Veterans health administration. Front Health Serv. 2023; 3:1223277. PMID: 38420338.

Published on 1/22/2024

Peracca SB, Lachica O, Lamkin RP, Jackson GL, Mohr DC, King HA, Whited JD, Fonseca AS, Morris IJ, Gifford AL, Weinstock MA, Oh DH. Implementation of Direct-to-Patient Mobile Teledermatology in VA. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 Feb; 39(Suppl 1):97-105. PMID: 38252250.

Published on 1/22/2024

Midboe AM, Cave S, Shimada SL, Griffin AC, Avoundjian T, Asch SM, Gifford AL, McInnes DK, Troszak LK. Relationship Between Patient Portal Tool Use and Medication Adherence and Viral Load Among Patients Living with HIV. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 Feb; 39(Suppl 1):127-135. PMID: 38252241.

Published on 12/6/2023

Harvey LH, Branch-Elliman W, Boudreau J, Sliwinski SK, Gifford AL, Ho MQ, Dinges E, Hyde J. Harm reduction stories: leveraging graphic medicine to engage veterans in substance use services within the VA. Harm Reduct J. 2023 Dec 06; 20(1):177. PMID: 38057789.

Published on 10/23/2023

Lamkin RP, Peracca SB, Jackson GL, Hines AC, Gifford AL, Lachica O, Li D, Morris IJ, Paiva M, Weinstock MA, Oh DH. Using the RE-AIM framework to assess national teledermatology expansion. Front Health Serv. 2023; 3:1217829. PMID: 37936881.

Published on 8/7/2023

Cutrona SL, White L, Miano D, Damschroder LJ, Hogan TP, Gifford AL, White B, King HA, Opra Widerquist MA, Orvek E, DeLaughter K, Nevedal AL, Reardon CM, Henderson B, Vega R, Jackson GL. Supporting Veteran's Administration Medical Center Directors' Decisions When Adopting Innovative Practices: Development and Implementation of the "QuickView" and "WishList" Tools. Perm J. 2023 Sep 15; 27(3):79-91. PMID: 37545198.

Published on 7/13/2023

Connolly SL, Charness ME, Gifford AL, Miller CJ. Discipline-level differences in mental health provider perceptions of video and phone telehealth. Psychol Serv. 2023 Jul 13. PMID: 37439733.

Published on 5/8/2023

Harvey LH, Sliwinski SK, Flike K, Boudreau J, Gifford AL, Branch-Elliman W, Hyde J. The integration of harm reduction services in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA): a qualitative analysis of barriers and facilitators. J Addict Dis. 2023 May 08; 1-9. PMID: 37154222.

Published on 5/5/2023

Jennings L, West RL, Halim N, Kaiser JL, Gwadz M, MacLeod WB, Gifford AL, Haberer JE, Orrell C, Sabin LL. Protocol for an evaluation of adherence monitoring and support interventions among people initiating antiretroviral therapy in Cape Town, South Africa-a multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) approach using a fractional factorial design. Trials. 2023 May 05; 24(1):310. PMID: 37147725.

Published on 4/11/2023

Linsenmeyer K, Mohr D, Gupta K, Doshi S, Gifford AL, Charness ME. Sickness presenteeism in healthcare workers during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: An observational cohort study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2023 Oct; 44(10):1693-1696. PMID: 37039605.

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