Daniel Alford, M.D., M.P.H., receives National Award from the American College of Physicians

March 29, 2017

BOSTON -- Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP, has been awarded the American College of Physicians (ACP) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Medicine. ACP is a national organization of internists. The award will be presented at ACP's Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the San Diego Convention Center, where ACP is hosting its annual scientific conference, Internal Medicine Meeting 2017, through April 1.

Established by ACP's Board of Regents in 2014, the award recognizes distinguished contributions to the integration of behavioral medicine with traditional medicine. This award is given to an individual who has furthered the care of patients by recognizing the importance of caring for the whole patient, both mind and body.

A resident of Needham, Mass., Dr. Alford is the Director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit and the Medical Director of the Office-Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Program at Boston Medical Center and Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

He is active locally and nationally teaching physicians about addiction and safe opioid prescribing for chronic pain. With federal and state grants, he created, implemented and evaluated addiction medicine curricula for generalist physicians, including the CRIT program, an online Alcohol Clinical Training curriculum, and a chronic pain and opioid risk management Objective Structure Clinical Exams. He developed and directs the BUSM Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program which has trained over fifty thousand healthcare professionals around the country. He is immediate past-president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) an organization whose mission is to improve health and well-being through interdisciplinary leadership in substance use education, research, clinical care and policy. In 2011, he was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House.
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About the American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States. ACP members include 148,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.

About Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 487-bed, academic medical center that is the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. It offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution, receiving more than $117 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2016. It is the 13th largest recipient of funding in the U.S. from the National Institutes of Health among independent hospitals. In 1997, BMC founded Boston Medical Center Health Plan, Inc., now one of the top ranked Medicaid MCOs in the country, as a non-profit managed care organization. Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet - 14 community health centers focused on providing exceptional health care to residents of Boston. For more information, please visit http://www.bmc.org.

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