The Addiction Consult Service improves the quality of care for hospitalized patients with substance use disorders and transitions them to post-hospitalization substance use treatment. The program’s services include the initiation of medication to treat addictions, pain management recommendations, and assistance transitioning to community-based addiction treatment programs.

The Addiction Consult Service is available to patients admitted to the hospital. Please discuss with your or your loved one’s inpatient care team if you would like to speak to the Consult Service.

Conditions We Treat

Treatments & Services

  • Medication management and initiation recommendations for inpatients
  • Methadone initiation and referral to community-based Opioid Treatment Program
  • Motivational support and coaching from our Recovery and Wellness Advocate

Our Team

Zoe M Weinstein, MD

Instructor, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Primary Care, Substance Use

Daniel P Alford, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine
Director, Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit
Director, Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) Program
Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Chronic pain

BMC Internal Medicine 2013

Sarah M Bagley, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Addiction Medicine

Joseph F Boyle, MD

Special Interests

Outpatient Primary Care, Specialty Training in Addiction Medicine, Seeks to Make Addiction Treatment Available, Simplifying Access to Health Care

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Sheila E Chapman, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

HIV- Related Diseases, Addiction Medicine

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Ricardo Cruz, MD

Instructor, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Primary Care , Latino Health

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Joanna L D'Afflitti, MD

Associate Medical Director, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Internal Medicine

Amy L Fitzpatrick, MD

General Internal Medicine Physician

Special Interests

Addiction Medicine, Women's Health, Primary Care

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Sandra S Looby-Gordon, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine

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Theresa W Kim, MD

General Internal Medicine Physician

Special Interests

Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Hepatitis C Treatment, HIV Infection

Sarah L Kimball, MD

General Internal Medicine Physician

Special Interests

Refugee health, Social justice, Complex care management, Human rights, Primary care

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Christine A Pace, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Primary Care, Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health

Alyssa F Peterkin, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Fellowship Director for the Grayken Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Special Interests

Substance Use Disorders, Inpatient care

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Jeffrey H Samet, MD, MA, MPH

Vice Chairman for Public Health; Chief, Section of General Internal Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Professor of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Special Interests

Primary Care, Addiction Medicine, HIV

Christopher W Shanahan, MD, MPH

Director, Community Medicine Unit
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

General Internal Medicine (Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Obesity, etc.), Addiction (Opioids {Tobacco, Heroin, Prescription Meds}, Alcohol, etc.), Preventive Health (Lifestyle and Behavior Change)

Jessica L Taylor, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

HIV, PrEP, Hepatitis C, Opioid Use Disorder, Medical Education
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Alexander Y Walley, MD, MSc

Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
Associate Professor of Medicine

Special Interests

Primary care with a focus on substance use and HIV/AIDS

Jason M Worcester, MD

Associate Medical Director, Adult Primary CareAssistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Primary Care Medicine, Preventative Health, General Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Medical Consultation

Additional Information

Research Overview

Inpatient Addiction Consult Service: Expertise for Hospitalized Patients with Complex Addiction Problems - Weinstein ZM, Wakeman SE, Nolan S. Med Clin North Am. 2018;102(4):587-601. doi:10.1016/j.mcna.2018.03.001

Addiction consultation services - Linking hospitalized patients to outpatient addiction treatment - Trowbridge P, Weinstein ZM, Kerensky T, et al. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017;79:1-5. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2017.05.007

Residency and Fellowship Information

Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Mission of the Grayken Fellowship in Addiction Medicine is to train physician addiction medicine leaders in clinical care, research, education, public health, and advocacy to improve addiction care for people vulnerable to health inequities due to race, ethnicity, gender, poverty, age, disability or stigmatizing illness.

The Grayken Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program is a 1 or 2 year fellowship. There is also a 3-year combined Infectious Disease-Addiction Medicine Fellowship and a 2-year Fellowship in Maternal Health Addiction. Fellows are mentored by our multidisciplinary faculty from Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Addiction Psychiatry. The Grayken Fellowship in Addiction Medicine is accredited by the ACGME. Click here to learn more

Addiction Nursing Fellowship

Nurses are often on the front lines of caring for patient with substance use disorders (SUD) and often interact with these patients when they are most distressed, in the throes of withdrawal, or with altered behaviors due to intoxication. Addiction nursing fellows spend one day per week participating in clinical and educational activities that are focused on SUD. The fellowship spans six months, with two nurse fellows per cycle. The fellowship is based on a mixture of experiential and didactic learning opportunities to engage fellows in settings that are focused primarily on treatment and harm reduction. Click here to learn more