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Dr. Gregory Curfman, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and on the affiliated faculty of Harvard Law School. Dr. Curfman served as the Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Health Publishing from 2013-2017, and he was the Executive Editor of The New England Journal of Medicine. 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.


Catherine Finn, LCSW is the Deputy Editor at Harvard Health Publishing and the Executive Producer for OpioidX. Catherine leads strategic initiatives, digital productions, webinars and online learning courses.. 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.  


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. 


Siva Sundaram, MD is a resident physician in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and a graduate of 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 spent his extracurricular time advocating for more comprehensive training in addiction medicine in medical schools and for expanded access to evidence-based addiction treatment.


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. 


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

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