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Dr. Gregory Curfman, MD, is the Editor in Chief of Harvard Health Publications. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the affiliated faculty of Harvard Law School. Before joining Harvard Health Publications, Dr. Curfman was the Executive Editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, which has the highest impact factor of any medical journal. Dr. Curfman is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and trained in internal medicine and cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He directed the Coronary Care Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Cardiovascular Health Center, a heart disease prevention program at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Catherine Finn, LCSW is the Deputy Editor at Harvard Health Publications and the Executive Producer for OpioidX. Catherine leads digital publication productions and online learning courses at Harvard Health Publications. For 10 years Catherine created award-winning programs to help patients and physicians engage in shared decision-making around managing chronic pain, treating mental health conditions, and considering end of life care. Catherine has worked with patients as a medical social worker, and she conducted her training at Healthcare Associates, a multidisciplinary primary care practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  


Danielle Bäck is a fourth year medical student at Harvard who is applying to residency programs in Internal Medicine/Primary Care. She is a founding member of the Massachusetts Student Coalition on Addiction, an organization of healthcare professional students dedicated to advocating for increased services for patients with substance use disorders. Her research focuses on the intersection of addiction medicine and medical education. In her spare time, she enjoys running along the Charles River, cooking pasta dinners, and trying not to fall during vinyasa yoga. Danielle will help to moderate the discussion forum in this course.


Siva Sundaram is a second-year MD student at Harvard Medical School with interests in addiction medicine and child and adolescent psychiatry. Before medical school, he worked as a field guide at a wilderness therapy program in Utah for teenagers struggling with substance use issues. As a medical student, he has spent his extracurricular time advocating for more comprehensive training in addiction medicine in medical schools and for expanded access to evidence-based addiction treatment. Siva will help to moderate the discussion forum in this course.


Katherine Warren is an MD-PhD student at Harvard Medical School with a focus on mental health and substance use disorders. She has previously worked in public health and health policy in New Mexico, Montana, Maryland, and Washington D.C. She recently wrote her master’s thesis on opioid-related overdose in Baltimore City. Katherine will help to moderate the discussion forum in this course.

Anne Marie

Anne Marie Williams will be graduating from Harvard Medical School in the spring and beginning Family Medicine Residency in Seattle, WA. She is passionate about treating substance use disorders in primary care and has advocated for more primary care doctors to provide office-based medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Anne Marie will help to moderate the discussion forum in this course.


Chris Engles spent over a decade in public broadcasting as a technical director for such programs as NPR’s Cartalk, PRI’s The World and NPR’s Living on Earth. In the mid 1990’s he transitioned to narrative and documentary film work, much of which has screened in New England area film festivals. When he’s not editing courses for HarvardX he’s producing the feature length documentary Finding Heaven Under Our Feet: Making Modern Dance, premiering in 2017. 


Shilpa Idnani is a Course Development Assistant at HarvardX, and has been a part of HarvardX for about two years. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Wellesley College, where she specialized in creating interactive computer ecosystem and hydrogeological models. Recently, she has designed, created, and collected materials for wide variety of HarvardX courses including Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster, ContractsX, and First Nights. She will be monitoring the discussion boards for technical issues with the platform and course.


Clint Attebery is a member of the HarvardX team where he develops and produces online courses with a variety of faculty members. He has worked in academic and educational publishing and technology for more than 10 years.

We are grateful to many additional contributors. Some people appear on camera within the course, and others have served as advisors.

Mark Albanese, MDAddiction Psychiatrist, Cambridge Health Alliance; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH, Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University; Adjunct Professor, Division of Global Public Health, UC San Diego School of Medicine

Michael F. Bierer, MD, Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 

Steve Canejo, In recovery for Substance Use Disorder

Elena Chartoff, PhD, Director, Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory, McLean Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Hilary Smith Connery, MD, PhD, Clinical Director, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, McLean Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Lisa Dougan, Emergency Room Nurse

Michael Dougan, Police Officer, Quincy, Massachusetts

Michael Duggan, Founder, Wicked Sober, In recovery from Substance Use Disorder

Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, Chief Academic Officer, McLean Hospital; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Patrick Glynn, Detective Lieutenant, Quincy Massachusetts Police Department

Peter Grinspoon, MD, Primary Care Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital; Author, Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction

Rebecca Haffajee, JD, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Health Policy Management, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Jacob Howe, MD, Addiction Psychiatrist, Cambridge Health Alliance

John Francis Kelly, PhD, Director, Recovery Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital; Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Laura Kiesel, Freelance writer, person with chronic pain

John R. Knight, MD, Director, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, Boston Children’s Hospital

Andrew Kolodny, MD, Co-Director, Opioid Policy Research, Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University

Gary Langis, Harm Reduction Expert

Efrain Lozada, Recovery Coach, Massachusetts General Hospital; In recovery from Substance Use Disorder

Laura Martin, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, City of Quincy, Massachusetts

Jessica Moreno, Clinical Pharmacist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Sarah O’Neill, Outpatient Pharmacist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, Director, Division of Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD, Medical Director for Addiction Services, Cambridge Health Alliance; Executive Director and Research Director, CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion

Tricia Stanton, In recovery for Substance Use Disorder

Daniel Thibeault, Recovery Coach, Massachusetts General Hospital; In recovery from Substance Use Disorder

Sarah Wakeman, MD, Medical Director, Substance Use Disorder Initiative, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Scott G. Weiner, MD, MPH, Emergency Room Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital