Michael Stein

Michael D. Stein, MD

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Recognized among the top one percent of NIH grant recipients over the past two decades, Dr. Stein has worked at the intersection of behavioral medicine and primary care. His outcomes research has moved between substance use disorders and HIV/AIDS, sleep and pain, mental health disorders, and the determinants of risk-taking. He has published more than 425 scientific journal articles. Dr. Stein graduated from Harvard College and received his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. After medical residency at New England Medical Center, he completed a National Research Service Award Fellowship at Brown University. He was director of HIV Services at Rhode Island Hospital for two decades. He worked for years as a consultant to tech start-ups. He is also the award-winning author of six novels and four books of non-fiction, and his writings have been noted in the Best American essay series, and appeared in many magazines and newspapers. HIs newest book, "Me vs. Us: A Health Divided," will be published in July 2022.

Other Positions

  • Chair, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD Field of Study: Medicine
  • Harvard College, BA Field of Study: Biology


  • Published on 5/1/2022

    Freibott CE, Stein MD, Lipson SK. The influence of race, sexual orientation and gender identity on mental health, substance use, and academic persistence during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study from a national sample of college students in the healthy minds study. Drug Alcohol Depend Rep. 2022 Jun; 3:100060. PMID: 35529429.

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  • Published on 4/29/2022

    Altman BR, Braun TD, Battle CL, Iacoi S, Stein MD, Abrantes AM. The indirect effect of negative emotionality via alcohol craving on abstinence self-efficacy among women in alcohol treatment. Addict Behav. 2022 Sep; 132:107347. PMID: 35561632.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Tubbs AS, Ghani SB, Naps M, Grandner MA, Stein MD, Chakravorty S. Past-year use or misuse of an opioid is associated with use of a sedative-hypnotic medication: a US National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) study. J Clin Sleep Med. 2022 03 01; 18(3):809-816. PMID: 34666879.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Freibott CE, Phillips KT, Anderson BJ, Stewart C, Liebschutz JM, Stein MD. Under the Skin: The Relationship Between Subcutaneous Injection and Skin Infections Among People Who Inject Drugs. J Addict Med. 2022 Mar-Apr 01; 16(2):164-168. PMID: 33813580.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Kimmel SD, Phillips KT, Anderson BJ, Stein MD. Characteristics associated with motivation to stop substance use and improve skin and needle hygiene among hospitalized patients who inject drugs. Subst Abus. 2022; 43(1):878-883. PMID: 35179454.

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  • Published on 12/4/2021

    Ellis JD, Rabinowitz JA, Wells J, Liu F, Finan PH, Stein MD, Ii DGA, Hobelmann GJ, Huhn AS. Latent trajectories of anxiety and depressive symptoms among adults in early treatment for nonmedical opioid use. J Affect Disord. 2022 02 15; 299:223-232. PMID: 34871638.

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  • Published on 11/14/2021

    Stein MD, VanNoppen D, Herman DS, Anderson BJ, Conti M, Bailey GL. Retention in care for persons with opioid use disorder transitioning from sublingual to injectable buprenorphine. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2022 05; 136:108661. PMID: 34801283.

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  • Published on 11/8/2021

    Stevenson BL, Kunicki ZJ, Brick L, Blevins CE, Stein M, Abrantes AM. Using Ecological Momentary Assessments and Fitbit Data to Examine Daily Associations Between Physical Activity, Affect and Alcohol Cravings in Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder. Int J Behav Med. 2021 Nov 08. PMID: 34750719.

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  • Published on 10/29/2021

    Choi S, Stein MD, Raifman J, Rosenbloom D, Clark JA. Estimating the impact on initiating medications for opioid use disorder of state policies expanding Medicaid and prohibiting substance use during pregnancy. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 12 01; 229(Pt A):109162. PMID: 34768053.

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  • Published on 9/23/2021

    Moitra E, Stein MD, Busch AM, Pinkston MM, Abrantes AM, Baker JV, Weisberg RB, Anderson BJ, Uebelacker LA. Acceptance of chronic pain in depressed patients with HIV: correlations with activity, functioning, and emotional distress. AIDS Care. 2021 Sep 23; 1-9. PMID: 34554879.

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