Christopher W. Shanahan, MD, MPH, is a primary care physician at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and a clinical associate professor of medicine at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. Dr. Shanahan has a unique blend of experience and expertise covering three main areas: clinical & research medical informatics & information technology (IT), substance use disorders and chronic pain, and community medicine (community-based care and collaboration with community-based organizations, clinicians, and patients). He combines informatics expertise with activities focused on substance abuse disorders to design and develop substance use focused programs and research studies enhanced by the use of IT. He is the Director of the Community Medicine Unit for 13 affiliated local Community Health Centers comprising the Boston HealthNet. He maintains active working relationships with multiple community-based organizations and has over 24 years of community-based clinical practice. He is actively working on several projects including a clinical trial titled Transforming Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care (TOPCARE). TOPCARE is a randomized clinical trial to transform care for chronic pain patients and their opioid-based treatment. Dr. Shanahan is board certified in Addiction Medicine.
  • Departments

  • Specialties

    Addiction medicine, Information Technology (IT), substance use disorders and chronic pain, community medicine

  • Administrative Title

    Director, Community Medicine Unit; Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

  • Residency

    Internal Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Moses and Weiler Campuses), 1991
  • Education

    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, 1988
  • Board Certifications

    Addiction Medicine, American Board of Preventive Medicine