Miriam Komaromy MD

Professor, General Internal Medicine

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Miriam Komaromy
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Biography

Miriam Komaromy, MD is the Medical Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center, and a Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine. In her role at the Grayken Center she leads programs focused on expanding access to care and engagement with care for patients who have substance use disorders, particularly those from marginalized patient populations. Other areas of focus within the Grayken Center include:
--Development of a new Grayken Addiction Nursing Fellowship and support for the Grayken Addiction Medicine Fellowships
--Leadership on adaptation of SUD treatment during the COVID pandemic, including BMC's COVID Recuperation Unit for people who are COVID-infected and experiencing homelessness
--Research focused on care of young adults with substance use disorder and on care of BIPOC populations
--Policy and Advocacy focused on workforce development, harm reduction, HIV prevention, and overdose prevention in newly housed individuals

Komaromy is also PI of a NIMH-funded clinical trial (along with mPI Dr. Kate Watkins of RAND corporation) that is evaluating the impact of the Collaborative Care model on outcomes of care for people who have co-occurring opioid use disorder plus PTSD or depression in 13 primary care clinics in New Mexico.

Prior to her role at BMC, Komaromy led the Extension for Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Institute’s programs for addiction and psychiatry. She has also served on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM’s) National Board of Directors (2017-2021) and served as medical director for a state addiction treatment hospital in New Mexico and for Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.

Komaromy recently partnered with the American Society of Addiction Medicine to launch an ECHO hub to educate health care professionals around the country on the treatment of substance use disorders. She also led the federally-funded program that developed and launched five national ECHO hubs focused on treatment of opioid use disorder (including one based in BMC's OBAT program), after developing the nation’s first addiction-focused ECHO program.

Komaromy was previously a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her residency in internal medicine at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the UCSF/Stanford program. She joined the UCSF faculty of Medicine after her training, and served as the residency director for the UCSF Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency program at San Francisco General Hospital. She is board certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Komaromy’s research has focused on health disparities and care for traditionally underserved populations; models of post-graduate medical education; and care for patients with substance use disorders and complex health conditions. In 2018, Komaromy received a Fulbright Scholar award from the US State Department, teaching about substance use disorders and medical education in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia and studying treatment of opioid use disorder in Vietnam. She is the vice-chair of the ASAM National Medical Education Committee. In 2019 she received ASAM's Educator of the Year award.

Education

Medicine, MD, University of California, San Francisco, 1989

Philosophy & Classical Studies, BA, St. John's College, 1983

Publications

Published on 7/16/2021

Harris MTH, Young S, Barocas J, Bayoumi AM, Caudarella A, Laurence G, Tomanovich M, Komaromy M. A Descriptive Comparison of Substance Use Services in Recovery and Isolation Sites for People Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Boston and Toronto. Public Health Rep. 2021 Sep-Oct; 136(5):532-537. PMID: 34269625.

Published on 3/10/2021

Meredith LS, Komaromy MS, Cefalu M, Murray-Krezan C, Page K, Osilla KC, Dopp AR, Leamon I, Tarhuni L, Hindmarch G, Jacobsohn V, Watkins KE. Design of CLARO (Collaboration Leading to Addiction Treatment and Recovery from other Stresses): A randomized trial of collaborative care for opioid use disorder and co-occurring depression and/or posttraumatic stress disorder. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 05; 104:106354. PMID: 33713840.

Published on 3/1/2021

Barocas JA, Gai MJ, White LF, Faretra D, Sachs K, Komaromy M. Implementation of a Recuperation Unit and Hospitalization Rates Among People Experiencing Homelessness With COVID-19. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 03 01; 4(3):e212826. PMID: 33688963.

Published on 1/19/2021

Komaromy M, Harris M, Koenig RM, Tomanovich M, Ruiz-Mercado G, Barocas JA. Caring for COVID's Most Vulnerable Victims: a Safety-Net Hospital Responds. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 04; 36(4):1006-1010. PMID: 33469746.

Published on 1/1/2021

Komaromy M, Mendez-Escobar E, Madden E. Addressing Racial Trauma in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders. Pediatrics. 2021 01; 147(Suppl 2):S268-S270. PMID: 33386331.

Published on 12/8/2020

Komaromy M, Tomanovich M, Taylor JL, Ruiz-Mercado G, Kimmel SD, Bagley SM, Saia KM, Costello E, Park TW, LaBelle C, Weinstein Z, Walley AY. Adaptation of a System of Treatment for Substance Use Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Addict Med. 2020 Dec 08. PMID: 33298750.

Published on 10/26/2020

Komaromy M, Harris, Koenig MRM, Tomanovich MM, Ruiz-Mercado G, Barocas JA. Caring for COVID's most vulnerable victims: a safety-net hospital responds. Res Sq. 2020 Oct 26. PMID: 33140040.

Published on 8/26/2020

Barocas JA, Komaromy M, Haidar D, Barlam TF, Orr BL, Miller NS. Assessment of Oropharyngeal Specimens for Discontinuation of Transmission-Based COVID-19 Precautions. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Sep; 7(9):ofaa382. PMID: 32964067.

Published on 6/1/2020

Mahadevan J, Shukla L, Chand PK, Komaromy M, Murthy P, Arora S. Innovative virtual mentoring using the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes model for primary care providers for the management of alcohol use disorders. Indian J Med Res. 2020 06; 151(6):609-612. PMID: 32719236.

Published on 3/6/2020

Madden EF, Kalishman S, Zurawski A, O'Sullivan P, Arora S, Komaromy M. Strategies Used by Interprofessional Teams to Counter Healthcare Marginalization and Engage Complex Patients. Qual Health Res. 2020 06; 30(7):1058-1071. PMID: 32141379.

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