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photo Payel Jhoom Roy, MD, MSc

General Internal Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Clinical Director of the Addiction Medicine Consult Service


Education and Training
BA, New York University, 2009
MD, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, 2013
MSc, Boston University School of Public Health, 2019
Primary Care Training Program, Boston Medical Center, 2016
Boston University Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program, Boston University School of Medicine Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, 2019
Integrated Care for Addiction, HIV and HCV Research and Education Fellowship, Boston University School of Public Health, 2019
Research Interest
Dr. Roy’s research interests are centered on low-barrier access to addiction treatment and trainee education in addiction. Her current focus is a collaboration with the Allegheny County Health Department to develop a Bridge Clinic. She has published commentaries in high-impact journals on improving access to medication treatment for substance use disorders. She has also focused on research prioritizing receipt of addiction treatment in-hospital and post-discharge, including health services work looking at wait-times for treatment and their impact on linkage. Dr. Roy also has expertise on chronic opioid prescribing, from faculty education to studying algorithms that address opioid misuse. Overall, her expertise centers on health services research that seeks to understand and address the barriers patients and providers face regarding buprenorphine and methadone treatment access within the context of current clinical care.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Roy does clinical work in primary care, the Center for Opioid Recovery, and on the inpatient teaching service. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
Educational Interest
Dr. Roy has lectured on addiction treatment as well as providing curricular development for Addiction Consult Service. She is a teaching attending on the inpatient general medical services and works with residents and fellows on the Addiction Medicine Consult Service. Dr. Roy also runs the Addiction Medicine/Addiction Psychiatry Journal Club series.
Selected Publications:
Roy, P. J., Stein, M. D. Offering emergency buprenorphine without a prescription. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2019; 322(6): 501-502.
Calcaterra, S. L, Bach, P., Chadi, A, Chadi, N., Kimmel, S. D., Morford, K. L., Roy, P., Samet, J. H. Methadone matters: what the United States can learn from the global effort to treat opioid addiction. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2019.
Roy, P., Jackson, A. H., Baxter, J., Brett, B., Winter, M., Hardesty, I., Alford, D.P. Utilizing a faculty development program to promote safer opioid prescribing for chronic pain in internal medicine resident practices. Pain Medicine. 2019.
Merlin, J. S., Young, S. R., Starrels, J. L., Azari, S., Edelman, E. J., Pomeranz, J., Roy, P., Saini, S., Becker, W. C., Liebshutz, J. M. Managing concerning behaviors in patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain: a Delphi study. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2018; 33(2): 166-176.
Roy, P. J., Worsham, C. Treating the "wake-up call" of alcohol use: a teachable moment. Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. 2017; 177(12): 1849-1850.
Notable Achievements
Research in Addiction Medicine Scholars Program, 2017-2019
SGIM 2018 NIDA-Mentored Training Award in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Science Dissemination, 2018