Timothy Naimi

Timothy S. Naimi, MD, MPH

Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


Timothy Naimi M.D., M.P.H is a physician and alcohol epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center (BMC), and a Professor with the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Naimi received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, his M.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts, and his M.P.H degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Epidemiologic Intelligence Officer program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a preventive medicine residency with the CDC. Prior to coming to BMC, Dr. Naimi worked as a clinician for the U.S. Indian Health Service, and as a senior epidemiologist with the Alcohol Team at CDC. His current research interests, for which he receives grant support from the National Institutes of Health and CDC, include binge drinking, youth drinking, health effects of low-dose ethanol, and substance use policy including the impact of alcohol control policies, cannabis policies, and opioid policies on substance use and other health outcomes. He has co-authored more than 100 published manuscripts and book chapters.

Other Positions

  • Adjunct Professor, Medicine - Boston University School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics - Boston University School of Medicine
  • Faculty, Medicine - Boston University School of Medicine


  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD Field of Study: Medicine
  • Harvard University, MPH Field of Study: Public Health
  • Harvard College, BA Field of Study: History


  • Published on 5/11/2021

    Bailey RL, Ard JD, Davis TA, Naimi TS, Schneeman BO, Stang JS, Dewey KG, Donovan SM, Novotny R, Snetselaar LG, de Jesus J, Casavale KO, Pannucci T, Stoody EE. A Proposed Framework for Identifying Nutrients and Food Components of Public Health Relevance in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. J Nutr. 2021 May 11; 151(5):1197-1204. PMID: 33693925.

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  • Published on 4/29/2021

    Cook WK, Li L, Greenfield TK, Patterson D, Naimi T, Xuan Z, Karriker-Jaffe KJ. State Alcohol Policies, Binge Drinking Prevalence, Socioeconomic Environments and Alcohol's Harms to Others: A Mediation Analysis. Alcohol Alcohol. 2021 Apr 29; 56(3):360-367. PMID: 32790857.

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  • Published on 4/19/2021

    Mayer-Davis EJ, Naimi TS, Mattes RD. Proposed reductions in limits on added sugar and alcohol for the new dietary guidelines: our perspective. Am J Clin Nutr. 2021 Apr 19. PMID: 33873203.

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  • Published on 3/19/2021

    Parikh ND, Chung GS, Mellinger J, Blanchette JG, Naimi TS, Tapper EB. Alcohol Policies and Alcohol-related Liver Disease Mortality. Gastroenterology. 2021 Mar 19. PMID: 33753104.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Coleman SM, Lira MC, Blanchette J, Heeren TC, Naimi TS. Alcohol policies, firearm policies, and suicide in the United States: a lagged cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2021 03 01; 21(1):366. PMID: 33641667.

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  • Published on 2/12/2021

    Pacula RL, Blanchette JG, Lira MC, Smart R, Naimi TS. Current U.S. State Cannabis Sales Limits Allow Large Doses for Use or Diversion. Am J Prev Med. 2021 05; 60(5):701-705. PMID: 33589301.

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  • Published on 10/7/2020

    Stockwell T, Andréasson S, Cherpitel C, Chikritzhs T, Dangardt F, Holder H, Naimi T, Sherk A. Time for carefully tailored set of alcohol policies to reduce health-care burden and mitigate potential unintended consequences? Drug Alcohol Rev. 2021 Jan; 40(1):17-18. PMID: 33029826.

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  • Published on 10/2/2020

    Esser MB, Sherk A, Liu Y, Naimi TS, Stockwell T, Stahre M, Kanny D, Landen M, Saitz R, Brewer RD. Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost From Excessive Alcohol Use - United States, 2011-2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020 Oct 02; 69(39):1428-1433. PMID: 33001874.

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  • Published on 9/23/2020

    Long MT, Naimi TS. Reply. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020 Sep 23. PMID: 33248106.

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  • Published on 8/24/2020

    Stockwell T, Andreasson S, Cherpitel C, Chikritzhs T, Dangardt F, Holder H, Naimi T, Sherk A. The burden of alcohol on health care during COVID-19. Drug Alcohol Rev. 2021 01; 40(1):3-7. PMID: 32835427.

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