Karsten Lunze MD, MPH, DrPH, FACPM, FAAP

Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine

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Karsten Lunze

General Internal Medicine


Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit


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 among people in HIV key populations. Karsten's federally and foundation-supported global health research aims to improve access to 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


MD, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2003

Public Health, DPH/DrPH, Boston University School of Public Health, 2013

Medical Sciences & Management, DM, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2005

MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 2008


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.

Published on 5/15/2023

Carroll JJ, Rossi SL, Vetrova MV, Blokhina E, Sereda Y, Lioznov D, Luoma J, Kiriazova T, Lunze K. The impacts of COVID-19 on structural inequities faced by people living with HIV who inject drugs: A qualitative study in St. Petersburg, Russia. Int J Drug Policy. 2023 May 15; 117:104060. PMID: 37210965.

Published on 3/20/2023

Luoma JB, Rossi SL, Sereda Y, Pavlov N, Toussova O, Vetrova M, Bendiks S, Kiriazova T, Krupitsky E, Lioznov D, Blokhina E, Lodi S, Lunze K. An acceptance-based, intersectional stigma coping intervention for people with HIV who inject drugs-a randomized clinical trial. Lancet Reg Health Eur. 2023 May; 28:100611. PMID: 37180745.

Published on 1/21/2023

Idrisov B, Lunze K, Cheng DM, Blokhina E, Gnatienko N, Patts G, Bridden C, Rossi SL, Weiser SD, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Food Insecurity and Transmission Risks Among People with HIV Who Use Substances. AIDS Behav. 2023 Jul; 27(7):2376-2389. PMID: 36670209.

Published on 11/17/2022

Bovell-Ammon BJ, Kimmel SD, Cheng DM, Truong V, Michals A, Vetrova M, Hook K, Idrisov B, Blokhina E, Krupitsky E, Samet JH, Lunze K. Incarceration history, antiretroviral therapy, and stigma: A cross-sectional study of people with HIV who inject drugs in St. Petersburg, Russia. Int J Drug Policy. 2023 Jan; 111:103907. PMID: 36402082.

Published on 10/12/2022

Yang S, Huang J, Ye L, Lin J, Xie Z, Guo B, Li Y, Liang B, Zheng Z, Lunze K, Abdullah AS, Liang H, Quintiliani LM. Factors Related to Smoking and Perceptions of a Behavioral Counseling and Messenger Service-Delivered Smoking Cessation Intervention for People With HIV in China: Qualitative Study. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Oct 12; 6(10):e35923. PMID: 36222795.

Published on 10/8/2022

Bagley SM, Schoenberger SF, dellaBitta V, Lunze K, Barron K, Hadland SE, Park TW. Ambivalence and Stigma Beliefs About Medication Treatment Among Young Adults With Opioid Use Disorder: A Qualitative Exploration of Young Adults' Perspectives. J Adolesc Health. 2023 Jan; 72(1):105-110. PMID: 36216678.

Published on 8/2/2022

Lodi S, Rossi SL, Bendiks S, Gnatienko N, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Vetrova M, Toussova O, Bushara N, Blokhina E, Krupitsky E, Ekstrand ML, Lioznov D, Samet JH, Lunze K. Correlates of Intersectional HIV and Substance Use Stigma Affecting People with HIV and Substance Use in St. Petersburg, Russia. AIDS Behav. 2023 Feb; 27(2):462-472. PMID: 35916947.

Published on 8/1/2022

Hook K, Sereda Y, Rossi S, Koberna S, Vetrova MV, Lodi S, Lunze K. HIV, substance use, and intersectional stigma: Associations with mental health among persons living with HIV who inject drugs in Russia. AIDS Behav. 2023 Feb; 27(2):431-442. PMID: 35913589.

Published on 6/25/2022

Bagley SM, Schoenberger SF, dellaBitta V, Lunze K, Barron K, Hadland SE, Park TW. An Exploration of Young Adults With Opioid Use Disorder and How Their Perceptions of Family Members' Beliefs Affects Medication Treatment. J Addict Med. 2022 Nov-Dec 01; 16(6):689-694. PMID: 35749777.

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