Allen L. Gifford, MD

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Allen Gifford
Talbot – T253W
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Dr. Gifford is a physician, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, in the Boston University School of Public Health and of Medicine in the School of Medicine. He is Co-Director of the HIV/Hepatitis QUERI (Quality Enhancement research Initiative) a national program funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs to support Implementation Science and Quality Improvement research for HIV and Hepatitis. He also serves as Associate Director of the Bedford/Boston VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR). Dr. Gifford’s research focuses on quality of healthcare for HIV and for Hepatitis, with special emphases on implementation of quality improvement measures, patient-centered care, and patient self-management. He has been a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award for his research on medication adherence support programs, and a VA Advanced Research Career Development Award for implementation research. He has been Principal Investigator of many research studies, including NIH R01, VA HSR&D Merit, QUERI, and private foundation grants. He is currently leading a 4-site randomized controlled trial of a clinic-based tablet computer intervention to improve the quality of care for HIV medication adherence. He is an attending physician, practicing HIV and Hepatitis care at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford, and the VA Boston Healthcare System.

Other Positions

  • Professor, General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp


  • Harvard University, AB
  • University of North Carolina, MD


  • Published on 5/12/2016

    Yu C, Gifford AL, Christiansen CL, Drainoni ML. Hepatitis C Is Poorly Associated With Drug Use in Cambodian Americans in Lowell, Massachusetts. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2016 Apr; 3(2):ofw099. PMID: 27419171.

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  • Published on 3/26/2016

    Maguire EM, Bokhour BG, Asch SM, Wagner TH, Gifford AL, Gallagher TH, Durfee JM, Martinello RA, Elwy AR. Disclosing large scale adverse events in the US Veterans Health Administration: lessons from media responses. Public Health. 2016 Jun; 135:75-82. PMID: 27026251.

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  • Published on 1/15/2016

    Webel AR, Lorig K, Laurent D, Gonzalez V, Gifford AL, Sobel D, Minor M. Living a Healthy Life with HIV, 4th Edition. Bull Publishng. Boulder, CO. 2016.

  • Published on 12/1/2015

    Painter JT, Fortney JC, Gifford AL, Rimland D, Monson T, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Pyne JM. Cost-Effectiveness of Collaborative Care for Depression in HIV Clinics. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Dec 1; 70(4):377-85. PMID: 26102447.

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  • Published on 8/15/2015

    Sabin LL, Bachman DeSilva M, Gill CJ, Zhong L, Vian T, Xie W, Cheng F, Xu K, Lan G, Haberer JE, Bangsberg DR, Li Y, Lu H, Gifford AL. Improving Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy With Triggered Real-time Text Message Reminders: The China Adherence Through Technology Study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Aug 15; 69(5):551-9. PMID: 25886927.

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  • Published on 2/24/2015

    Ho SB, Bräu N, Cheung R, Liu L, Sanchez C, Sklar M, Phelps TE, Marcus SG, Wasil MM, Tisi A, Huynh L, Robinson SK, Gifford AL, Asch SM, Groessl EJ. Integrated Care Increases Treatment and Improves Outcomes of Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection and Psychiatric Illness or Substance Abuse. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 Nov; 13(11):2005-14.e1-3. PMID: 25724704.

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  • Published on 12/1/2014

    Elwy AR, Bokhour BG, Maguire EM, Wagner TH, Asch SM, Gifford AL, Gallagher TH, Durfee JM, Martinello RA, Schiffner S, Jesse RL. Improving healthcare systems' disclosures of large-scale adverse events: a Department of Veterans Affairs leadership, policymaker, research and stakeholder partnership. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Dec; 29 Suppl 4:895-903. PMID: 25355090.

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  • Published on 12/1/2014

    Midboe AM, Elwy AR, Durfee JM, Gifford AL, Yakovchenko V, Martinello RA, Ross D, Czarnogorski M, Goetz MB, Asch SM. Building strong research partnerships between public health and researchers: a VA case study. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Dec; 29 Suppl 4:831-4. PMID: 25355082.

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  • Published on 11/5/2014

    Clark JA, Gifford AL. Resolute efforts to cure hepatitis C: Understanding patients' reasons for completing antiviral treatment. Health (London). 2015 Sep; 19(5):473-89. PMID: 25377666.

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  • Published on 9/1/2014

    McInnes DK, Petrakis BA, Gifford AL, Rao SR, Houston TK, Asch SM, O'Toole TP. Retaining homeless veterans in outpatient care: a pilot study of mobile phone text message appointment reminders. Am J Public Health. 2014 Sep; 104 Suppl 4:S588-94. PMID: 25100425.

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