Babak Tofighi, MD

  • Specialty: Internal Medicine
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 646-501-7743
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About Me

Conditions and Treatments



  • Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine, 2012
Education and Training
  • MD from Saint George's University, 2012

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Locations and Appointments

227 E. 30th St., TRB 6th Fl., Suite 631L
New York, NY 10016

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Research Summary

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine, Assistant Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship program at NYU, and practice primary care at Bellevue Hospital Center.  Previously I completed a 1-year clinical fellowship in Addiction Medicine at NYU and a 2-year NRSA-funded T32 primary care research fellowship (T32HP22238-01-00). I was during this same period a Research in Addiction Medicine Scholar (R25DA03211) and received additional training in health services research with Dr. Jeffrey Samet. At Bellevue Hospital, I have been involved in expanding opioid and alcohol pharmacotherapies in primary care. 

My fellowship thesis project assessed for mobile phone use patterns and preferences for mobile phone-based interventions among our office-based opioid treatment program (OBOT) patients. Following Hurricane Sandy and the temporarily closure of Bellevue, we published findings which assessed the impact of disaster-related adverse events on rates of substance use and the importance of mobile phone-based contact to mitigate disruption of patients’ treatment in OBOT.  I then surveyed Bellevue OBOT patients regarding mobile phone use patterns and described high rates of mobile phone ownership, frequent use of text messaging, and high acceptability for text message-based interventions.

            Upon completing fellowship in June 2014, I joined the NYU faculty and served as study physician for CTN-0051 (extended-release naltrexone versus buprenorphine opioid treatment, U10 DA013035) and as co-investigator for an NIH funded trial, extended-release naltrexone versus oral naltrexone for the treatment of alcohol use disorders in primary care (R01AA020836-01). In April 2017, I was awarded a CTSI pilot award ($35,000) to develop strategies for integrating text message-based interventions in Bellevue’s OBOT program. I have demonstrated the feasibility of delivering text message-based appointment reminders and smoking cessation interventions in OBOT.

I was then awarded a NIH/NIDA K23 Career Development Award ($969,069) to design and conduct usability testing of a text message-based intervention in support of OBOT Medical Management. My research and publication record reflect my commitment to leverage low-cost and ubiquitous technologies to improve access to effective pharmacotherapies for substance use disorders in primary care.




I am chief population health officer at NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health care system in the U.S. I also serve as chief executive officer of the NYC Health + Hospitals Accountable Care Organization.

My duties include leading a team dedicated to health system improvement, supervising initiatives in ambulatory care transformation, innovative care models, population health analytics, chronic disease prevention and management, and implementation research. My team was recognized with the 2017 Gage Award for Improving Quality by America’s Essential Hospitals.

I also practice primary care (internal medicine) at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and am a clinical associate professor of Population Health and Medicine at NYU Langone School of Medicine.

Academic Contact

Academic office

227 East 30th Street

Seventh Floor

New York, NY 10016



Research Interests Timeline

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  • Tofighi, Babak; Abrantes, Ana; Stein, Michael D

    Medical clinics of North America. 2018 Jul; 102(4):715-731

  • Buprenorphine added on brief cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of methamphetamine use disorder

    Shariatirad, S; Mahjoub, A; Haqiqi, A; Hemami, M R; Tofighi, B; Ekhtiari, H; Effatpanah, M

    Iranian journal of psychiatry & behavioral sciences. 2018 Jun 01; 12(2):

  • Extended-release vs. oral naltrexone for alcohol dependence treatment in primary care [Meeting Abstract]

    Malone, M; Vittitow, A; McDonald, R D; Tofighi, B; Garment, A; Schatz, D; Laska, E; Goldfeld, K; Rotrosen, J; Lee, J D

    Alcoholism: clinical & experimental research. 2018 June; (41st):64A

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