Alexander Bazazi, MD, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Avenue, #7M8
San Francisco CA 94110
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

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    University of California, San FranciscoResidency2022Psychiatry
    Yale UniversityM.D.2018Medicine
    Yale UniversityPh.D.2017Epidemiology
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    UCSF Dept. of Psychiatry2022Public and Community Service Award

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    Alex Bazazi MD PhD (he/him) is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Assistant Director of the Research and Evaluation Unit at San Francisco General Hospital. As a psychiatrist and epidemiologist, Alex brings quantitative methods to bear on policy-oriented research at the intersection of substance use, mental health, HIV, and the carceral system. He is passionate about harm reduction and health justice and is engaged with projects to understand and overcome clinical and structural barriers to care for marginalized populations in San Francisco, nationwide, and internationally.

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    Somos Esenciales: Community Revitalization and Health through Latino Arts and Entrepreneurship
    NIH Office of the Director 1OT2OD035895Sep 20, 2023 - Sep 19, 2028
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Epidemiology and Prevention of Overdose from Unintentional Fentanyl Exposure
    UCSF CTSI Pilot Award for Prevention and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder P0541014Jul 1, 2023 - Jun 30, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The impact of COVID-19 policies on trajectories of care for individuals with behavioral health needs incarcerated in jail
    UCSF CTSI RRFJul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Using Medicaid data to advance care for people with schizophrenia at risk for HIV (Medicaid-DASH)
    NIH R01MH112420Jul 1, 2017 - Mar 31, 2022
    Role: Analyst
    Improving HIV and substance use disorder treatment research by integrating randomized and nonrandomized studies: an evaluation of methadone for HIV-infected opioid-dependent Malaysian prisoners.
    NIH F30DA039716Mar 16, 2015 - Mar 15, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Intervention of HIV, Drug Use and the Criminal Justice System in Malaysia
    NIH R01DA025943Sep 30, 2008 - Jun 30, 2015
    Role: Analyst
    Training The Next Generation of Mental Health Researchers
    NIH R25MH060482Jul 23, 2000 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Research Resident
    Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program
    NIH T32MH020031Jul 1, 1999 - Jun 30, 2024
    Role: Predoctoral Fellow

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    1. Overdose from Unintentional Fentanyl Use when Intending to Use a Non-opioid Substance: An Analysis of Medically Attended Opioid Overdose Events. J Urban Health. 2024 Apr 03. Bazazi AR, Low P, Gomez BO, Snyder H, Hom JK, Soran CS, Zevin B, Mason M, Graterol J, Coffin PO. PMID: 38568466.
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    2. Higher methadone dose at time of release from prison predicts linkage to maintenance treatment for people with HIV and opioid use disorder transitioning to the community in Malaysia. Int J Drug Policy. 2024 Mar 13; 126:104369. Ahmad A, Bromberg DJ, Shrestha R, Salleh NM, Bazazi AR, Kamarulzaman A, Shenoi S, Altice FL. PMID: 38484531.
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    3. Co-occurring psychiatric disorders and disparities in buprenorphine utilization in opioid use disorder: An analysis of insurance claims. Drug Alcohol Depend Rep. 2023 Dec; 9:100195. Xu KY, Huang V, Williams AR, Martin CE, Bazazi AR, Grucza RA. PMID: 38023343; PMCID: PMC10630609.
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    4. Characteristics and Trends in HIV Testing Among Medicaid Enrollees Diagnosed as Having Schizophrenia. Psychiatr Serv. 2023 Jul 01; 74(7):709-717. Walkup J, Thomas MD, Vittinghoff E, Hermida R, Crystal S, Arnold EA, Dahiya P, Olfson M, Cournos F, Dawson L, Dilley J, Bazazi A, Mangurian C. PMID: 36852552; PMCID: PMC10329993.
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    5. A Novel Inpatient Buprenorphine Induction Program for Adolescents With Opioid Use Disorder. Hosp Pediatr. 2023 02 01; 13(2):e23-e28. Trope LA, Stemmle M, Chang A, Bashiri N, Bazazi AR, Lightfoot M, Congdon JL. PMID: 36683456.
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    6. Impact of prerelease methadone on mortality among people with HIV and opioid use disorder after prison release: results from a randomized and participant choice open-label trial in Malaysia. BMC Infect Dis. 2022 Nov 11; 22(1):837. Bazazi AR, Culbert GJ, Wegman MP, Heimer R, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. PMID: 36368939; PMCID: PMC9652918.
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    7. HIV Testing and Counseling at U.S. Substance Use Treatment Facilities: A Missed Opportunity for Early Identification. Psychiatr Serv. 2021 12 01; 72(12):1385-1391. Riano NS, Borowsky HM, Arnold EA, Olfson M, Walkup JT, Vittinghoff E, Cournos F, Dawson L, Bazazi AR, Crystal S, Mangurian C. PMID: 34126780; PMCID: PMC8639611.
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    8. Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy Among Incarcerated Persons with HIV: Associations with Methadone and Perceived Safety. AIDS Behav. 2019 Aug; 23(8):2048-2058. Culbert GJ, Waluyo A, Wang M, Putri TA, Bazazi AR, Altice FL. PMID: 30465106; PMCID: PMC6698149.
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    9. Retention in clinical trials after prison release: results from a clinical trial with incarcerated men with HIV and opioid dependence in Malaysia. HIV Res Clin Pract. 2019 02; 20(1):12-23. Chandra DK, Bazazi AR, Nahaboo Solim MA, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL, Culbert GJ. PMID: 31303149; PMCID: PMC6698147.
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    10. Commentary on Rafful et al. (2018): Unpacking involuntary interventions for people who use drugs. Addiction. 2018 06; 113(6):1064-1065. Bazazi AR. PMID: 29732697; PMCID: PMC7006027.
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    11. Prevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Cisgender and Transgender Women Sex Workers in Greater Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Results From a Respondent-Driven Sampling Study. Sex Transm Dis. 2017 11; 44(11):663-670. Wickersham JA, Gibson BA, Bazazi AR, Pillai V, Pedersen CJ, Meyer JP, El-Bassel N, Mayer KH, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. PMID: 28708696; PMCID: PMC5636657.
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    12. HIV Testing and awareness of HIV status among people who inject drugs in greater Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AIDS Care. 2018 Jan; 30(1):59-64. Bazazi AR, Vijay A, Crawford FW, Heimer R, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. PMID: 28803503; PMCID: PMC5699941.
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    13. Design and implementation of a factorial randomized controlled trial of methadone maintenance therapy and an evidence-based behavioral intervention for incarcerated people living with HIV and opioid dependence in Malaysia. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 08; 59:1-12. Bazazi AR, Wickersham JA, Wegman MP, Culbert GJ, Pillai V, Shrestha R, Al-Darraji H, Copenhaver MM, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. PMID: 28479216; PMCID: PMC5557499.
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    14. A Moderated Mediation Model of HIV-Related Stigma, Depression, and Social Support on Health-Related Quality of Life among Incarcerated Malaysian Men with HIV and Opioid Dependence. AIDS Behav. 2017 Apr; 21(4):1059-1069. Shrestha R, Copenhaver M, Bazazi AR, Huedo-Medina TB, Krishnan A, Altice FL. PMID: 28108877; PMCID: PMC5344717.
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    15. Predictors of Mortality within Prison and after Release among Persons Living with HIV in Indonesia. Res Rep Trop Med. 2017; 8:25-35. Culbert GJ, Crawford FW, Murni A, Waluyo A, Bazazi AR, Sahar J, Altice FL. PMID: 29238241; PMCID: PMC5724785.
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    16. The complex interplay of social networks, geography and HIV risk among Malaysian Drug Injectors: Results from respondent-driven sampling. Int J Drug Policy. 2016 11; 37:98-106. Zelenev A, Long E, Bazazi AR, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. PMID: 27639995; PMCID: PMC5102779.
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    17. Confronting the HIV, Tuberculosis, Addiction, and Incarceration Syndemic in Southeast Asia: Lessons Learned from Malaysia. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol. 2016 09; 11(3):446-55. Culbert GJ, Pillai V, Bick J, Al-Darraji HA, Wickersham JA, Wegman MP, Bazazi AR, Ferro E, Copenhaver M, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. PMID: 27216260; PMCID: PMC5118227.
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    18. The Influence of Medication Attitudes on Utilization of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in Indonesian Prisons. AIDS Behav. 2016 05; 20(5):1026-38. Culbert GJ, Bazazi AR, Waluyo A, Murni A, Muchransyah AP, Iriyanti M, Polonsky M, Levy J, Altice FL. PMID: 26400080; PMCID: PMC4805506.
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    19. HIV Prevalence Among People Who Inject Drugs in Greater Kuala Lumpur Recruited Using Respondent-Driven Sampling. AIDS Behav. 2015 Dec; 19(12):2347-57. Bazazi AR, Crawford F, Zelenev A, Heimer R, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. PMID: 26358544; PMCID: PMC4743744.
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    20. Prevalence and Correlates of HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Infections and Risk Behaviors among Malaysian Fishermen. PLoS One. 2015; 10(8):e0118422. Choo MK, El-Bassel N, Adam PC, Gilbert L, Wu E, West BS, Bazazi AR, De Wit JB, Ismail R, Kamarulzaman A. PMID: 26244844; PMCID: PMC4526636.
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    21. Treatment readiness, attitudes toward, and experiences with methadone and buprenorphine maintenance therapy among people who inject drugs in Malaysia. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2015 Jul; 54:29-36. Vijay A, Bazazi AR, Yee I, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. PMID: 25841703; PMCID: PMC4758679.
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    22. High prevalence of non-fatal overdose among people who inject drugs in Malaysia: Correlates of overdose and implications for overdose prevention from a cross-sectional study. Int J Drug Policy. 2015 Jul; 26(7):675-81. Bazazi AR, Zelenev A, Fu JJ, Yee I, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. PMID: 25532449; PMCID: PMC4452449.
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    23. Understanding the revolving door: individual and structural-level predictors of recidivism among individuals with HIV leaving jail. AIDS Behav. 2013 Oct; 17 Suppl 2:S145-55. Fu JJ, Herme M, Wickersham JA, Zelenev A, Althoff A, Zaller ND, Bazazi AR, Avery AK, Porterfield J, Jordan AO, Simon-Levine D, Lyman M, Altice FL. PMID: 24037440; PMCID: PMC4049299.
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    24. Letter to the editor: regarding "individual and neighborhood correlates of membership in drug-using networks with a higher prevalence of HIV in New York City (2006-2009)". Ann Epidemiol. 2013 Oct; 23(10):664-5. Bazazi AR, Zelenev A, Altice FL. PMID: 23972897; PMCID: PMC5578714.
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    25. High rates of unprotected anal intercourse with regular and casual partners and associated risk factors in a sample of ethnic Malay men who have sex with men (MSM) in Penang, Malaysia. Sex Transm Infect. 2013 Dec; 89(8):642-9. Lim SH, Bazazi AR, Sim C, Choo M, Altice FL, Kamarulzaman A. PMID: 23787168.
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    26. Forced withdrawal from methadone maintenance therapy in criminal justice settings: a critical treatment barrier in the United States. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2013 May-Jun; 44(5):502-5. Fu JJ, Zaller ND, Yokell MA, Bazazi AR, Rich JD. PMID: 23433809; PMCID: PMC3695471.
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    27. Absence of antiretroviral therapy and other risk factors for morbidity and mortality in Malaysian compulsory drug detention and rehabilitation centers. PLoS One. 2012; 7(9):e44249. Fu JJ, Bazazi AR, Altice FL, Mohamed MN, Kamarulzaman A. PMID: 23028508; PMCID: PMC3445567.
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    28. Syringe acquisition experiences and attitudes among injection drug users undergoing short-term opioid detoxification in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. J Urban Health. 2012 Aug; 89(4):659-70. Zaller ND, Yokell MA, Nayak SM, Fu JJ, Bazazi AR, Rich JD. PMID: 22427232; PMCID: PMC3535136.
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    29. Illicit use of buprenorphine/naloxone among injecting and noninjecting opioid users. J Addict Med. 2011 Sep; 5(3):175-80. Bazazi AR, Yokell M, Fu JJ, Rich JD, Zaller ND. PMID: 21844833; PMCID: PMC3157053.
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    30. Preserving human rights in the era of "test and treat" for HIV prevention. Am J Public Health. 2011 Feb; 101(2):198-9; author reply 199-200. Fu JJ, Bazazi AR, Altice FL. PMID: 21228278; PMCID: PMC3020217.
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    31. Attitudes toward opioid substitution therapy and pre-incarceration HIV transmission behaviors among HIV-infected prisoners in Malaysia: implications for secondary prevention. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 Jul 01; 116(1-3):151-7. Bachireddy C, Bazazi AR, Kavasery R, Govindasamy S, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. PMID: 21232882; PMCID: PMC3084892.
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    32. Implementing opt-out programs at Los Angeles county jail: a gateway to novel research and interventions. J Correct Health Care. 2011 Jan; 17(1):69-76. Malek M, Bazazi AR, Cox G, Rival G, Baillargeon J, Miranda A, Rich JD. PMID: 21278322; PMCID: PMC3154702.
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    33. Preventing opiate overdose deaths: examining objections to take-home naloxone. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 Nov; 21(4):1108-13. Bazazi AR, Zaller ND, Fu JJ, Rich JD. PMID: 21099064; PMCID: PMC3008773.
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    34. The impact of financial discharge from methadone maintenance therapy on incarceration. J Opioid Manag. 2010 Sep-Oct; 6(5):365-70. Zaller ND, Fu JJ, Bazazi AR, Rich JD. PMID: 21046934; PMCID: PMC3028516.
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    35. Overcoming obstacles to implementing methadone maintenance therapy for prisoners: implications for policy and practice. J Opioid Manag. 2009 Jul-Aug; 5(4):219-27. McKenzie M, Nunn A, Zaller ND, Bazazi AR, Rich JD. PMID: 19736902; PMCID: PMC2936228.
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    36. Attitudes toward methadone among out-of-treatment minority injection drug users: implications for health disparities. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2009 02; 6(2):787-97. Zaller ND, Bazazi AR, Velazquez L, Rich JD. PMID: 19440415; PMCID: PMC2672350.
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    37. Treating survivors of torture and refugee trauma: a preliminary case series using qigong and t'ai chi. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Sep; 14(7):801-6. Grodin MA, Piwowarczyk L, Fulker D, Bazazi AR, Saper RB. PMID: 18803491; PMCID: PMC2745908.
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