Joe Wright

Director of Addiction Treatment

Joe Wright, MD, is the director of addiction treatment for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. He began his career in public health responding to the HIV epidemic in San Francisco through the 1990s; and eventually went to medical school at Harvard Medical School, where he was a regular commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and researched the early history of activism by and for people with AIDS. He trained in internal medicine, with additional training in HIV and primary care, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he also then served as an attending physician and a core member of the primary care teaching faculty. He came to BHCHP in 2015 to respond to the opioid overdose crisis. He leads an interdisciplinary team that encompasses our addiction treatment team and our House of Correction team; and as a clinician he provides clinical care on the street, in a local jail, and in our main outpatient clinic. Dr. Wright has interests in activism and its history; increasing access to low-barrier addiction treatment; and creating models of care that integrate medical interventions with trauma care, empowerment, mutual aid, and recovery as each person defines it.