Benjamin Han

Title(s)Associate Adjunct Professor, Medicine
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    Wesleyan UniversityBA2001English
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthMPH2008Infectious Disease
    State University of New York - SyracuseMD2009Medicine
    Boston University Medical Center2012Internal Medicine, Primary Care Training Program
    Boston University Medical Center2013Geriatric Medicine
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    American Geriatrics Society2017New Investigator Award
    American Geriatrics Society2018Outstanding Junior Research Manuscript Award
    American Federation for Aging Research2022The Terrie Fox Wetle Rising Star Award in Health Services and Aging Research

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    Benjamin Han, MD MPH is a geriatrician, addiction medicine physician, and clinician-researcher in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Care in the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego and a primary care physician at the San Diego VA Medical Center. His work focuses on the intersection of chronic medical disease and substance use with a career goal to improve the health of older adults with substance use disorders. Currently, his NIDA-funded K23 aims to deliver evidence-based geriatric interventions into opioid treatment programs.

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    Chronic Disease and Health Outcomes of Older Adults with Opioid Use Disorders
    NIH K23DA043651May 1, 2018 - Apr 30, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Cannabis use for Sleep Disturbance Among Older Patients in a Geriatrics Clinic. Int J Aging Hum Dev. 2022 Oct 13; 914150221128971. Kaufmann CN, Malhotra A, Yang KH, Han BH, Nafsu R, Lifset ET, Nguyen K, Sexton M, Moore AA. PMID: 36226368.
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    2. Trends in major depressive episodes and mental health treatment among older adults in the United States, 2010-2019. J Affect Disord. 2022 12 01; 318:299-303. Yang KH, Han BH, Moore AA, Palamar JJ. PMID: 36096373; PMCID: PMC9530028.
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    3. Past-month binge drinking and cannabis use among middle-aged and older adults in the United States, 2015-2019. Alcohol. 2022 Aug 04. Kepner WE, Han BH, Nguyen D, Han SS, Lopez FA, Palamar JJ. PMID: 35934163.
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    4. Binge Drinking Among Adults with Hypertension in the USA, 2015-2020. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Aug 03. Han BH, Han SS, Palamar JJ. PMID: 35922708.
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    5. Past-year hallucinogen use in relation to psychological distress, depression, and suicidality among US adults. Addict Behav. 2022 09; 132:107343. Yang KH, Han BH, Palamar JJ. PMID: 35525189; PMCID: PMC9177770.
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    6. Dr. Richard Saitz. J Addict Med. 2022 Feb 22. Vocci F, Dunn K, Petrakis I, Wunsch M, Moyo P, Han B, Smid M. PMID: 35195539.
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    7. Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors among refugees and asylum seekers: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Cardiol Cardiovasc Risk Prev. 2022 Mar; 12:200126. Al-Rousan T, AlHeresh R, Saadi A, El-Sabrout H, Young M, Benmarhnia T, Han BH, Alshawabkeh L. PMID: 35199106; PMCID: PMC8851152.
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    8. Ketamine use in relation to depressive symptoms among high school seniors. Am J Addict. 2022 03; 31(2):100-107. Palamar JJ, Kumar S, Yang KH, Han BH. PMID: 35076151; PMCID: PMC8901529.
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    9. Prevalence of Psychoactive Substance Use Among Middle-aged and Older Adults With Visual Impairment in the US. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2022 01 01; 140(1):94-95. Han BH, Leddy JF, Lopez FA, Palamar JJ. PMID: 34762104; PMCID: PMC8587212.
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    10. Geriatric Conditions Among Middle-aged and Older Adults on Methadone Maintenance Treatment: A Pilot Study. J Addict Med. 2022 Jan-Feb 01; 16(1):110-113. Han BH, Cotton BP, Polydorou S, Sherman SE, Ferris R, Arcila-Mesa M, Qian Y, McNeely J. PMID: 33395146; PMCID: PMC8243387.
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    11. Trends in binge drinking prevalence among older U.S. men and women, 2015 to 2019. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 03; 70(3):812-819. Al-Rousan T, Moore AA, Han BH, Ko R, Palamar JJ. PMID: 34877662; PMCID: PMC8904280.
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    12. Multimorbidity and Inpatient Utilization Among Older Adults with Opioid Use Disorder in New York City. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 05; 37(7):1634-1640. Han BH, Tuazon E, Y Wei M, Paone D. PMID: 34643872; PMCID: PMC9130354.
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    13. Associations between relationship quality and treatment-related stress among couples receiving methadone for opioid use disorder. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2022 01; 132:108580. Polenick CA, Han BH, Meyers SN, Arnold TD, Cotton BP. PMID: 34400033; PMCID: PMC8671149.
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    14. Gender differences in any alcohol screening and discussions with providers among older adults in the United States, 2015 to 2019. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2021 09; 45(9):1812-1820. Mauro PM, Askari MS, Han BH. PMID: 34324221; PMCID: PMC8908015.
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    15. Underreporting of past-year cannabis use on a national survey by people who smoke blunts. Subst Abus. 2022; 43(1):349-355. Le A, Han BH, Palamar JJ. PMID: 34214396; PMCID: PMC8720324.
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    16. Multimorbidity Among US Adults Who Use Methamphetamine, 2015-2019. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 05; 37(7):1805-1807. Han BH, Palamar JJ. PMID: 34080107; PMCID: PMC9130438.
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    17. National trends in substance use treatment admissions for opioid use disorder among adults experiencing homelessness. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2022 01; 132:108504. Han BH, Doran KM, Krawczyk N. PMID: 34102461.
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    18. Decreasing perceived risk associated with regular cannabis use among older adults in the United States from 2015 to 2019. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 09; 69(9):2591-2597. Han BH, Funk-White M, Ko R, Al-Rousan T, Palamar JJ. PMID: 34037250; PMCID: PMC8440375.
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    19. When national drug surveys "take too long": An examination of who is at risk for survey fatigue. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 08 01; 225:108769. Le A, Han BH, Palamar JJ. PMID: 34049103; PMCID: PMC8282613.
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    20. Cannabis and Prescription Drug Use Among Older Adults With Functional Impairment. Am J Prev Med. 2021 08; 61(2):246-250. Han BH, Le A, Funk-White M, Palamar JJ. PMID: 34288869; PMCID: PMC8299838.
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    21. Quarterly trends in past-month cannabis use in the United States, 2015-2019. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 02 01; 219:108494. Palamar JJ, Le A, Han BH. PMID: 33434791; PMCID: PMC7855903.
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    22. Trends in inpatient discharges with drug or alcohol admission diagnoses to a skilled nursing facility among older adults, New York City 2008-2014. Harm Reduct J. 2020 12 10; 17(1):99. Han BH, Tuazon E, Kunins HV, Paone D. PMID: 33302972; PMCID: PMC7731565.
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    23. Dyadic associations between relationship quality and risk of opioid use among couples receiving methadone for opioid use disorder. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 01 01; 218:108397. Polenick CA, Kaba D, Zhou AN, Han BH, Cotton BP. PMID: 33276296; PMCID: PMC8115745.
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    24. Patterns of Medical Cannabis Use Among Older Adults from a Cannabis Dispensary in New York State. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2022 04; 7(2):224-230. Kaufmann CN, Kim A, Miyoshi M, Han BH. PMID: 33998868; PMCID: PMC9070740.
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    25. Using Urine Drug Testing to Estimate the Prevalence of Drug Use : Lessons Learned From the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2013-2014. Public Health Rep. 2021 Jan/Feb; 136(1):47-51. Han BH, Mello E, Tuazon E, Paone D. PMID: 33108963; PMCID: PMC7856382.
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    26. Medical Multimorbidity, Mental Illness, and Substance Use Disorder among Middle-Aged and Older Justice-Involved Adults in the USA, 2015-2018. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 05; 36(5):1258-1263. Han BH, Williams BA, Palamar JJ. PMID: 33051837; PMCID: PMC8131419.
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    27. Cannabis: An Emerging Treatment for Common Symptoms in Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 01; 69(1):91-97. Yang KH, Kaufmann CN, Nafsu R, Lifset ET, Nguyen K, Sexton M, Han BH, Kim A, Moore AA. PMID: 33026117; PMCID: PMC8962510.
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    28. Co-occurring mental illness, drug use, and medical multimorbidity among lesbian, gay, and bisexual middle-aged and older adults in the United States: a nationally representative study. BMC Public Health. 2020 Aug 04; 20(1):1123. Han BH, Duncan DT, Arcila-Mesa M, Palamar JJ. PMID: 32746891; PMCID: PMC7401198.
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    29. Trends in characteristics of individuals who use methamphetamine in the United States, 2015-2018. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Jun 03; 213:108089. Palamar JJ, Han BH, Keyes KM. PMID: 32531703; PMCID: PMC7371537.
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    30. Substance Use Among Middle-Aged and Older Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the United States, 2015 to 2017. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 12; 35(12):3740-3741. Han BH, Miyoshi M, Palamar JJ. PMID: 32483690; PMCID: PMC7728927.
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    31. Trends in Cannabis Use Among Older Adults in the United States, 2015-2018. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 04 01; 180(4):609-611. Han BH, Palamar JJ. PMID: 32091531; PMCID: PMC7042817.
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    32. Multiple Chronic Conditions in Spousal Caregivers of Older Adults With Functional Disability: Associations With Caregiving Difficulties and Gains. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2020 01 01; 75(1):160-172. Polenick CA, Leggett AN, Webster NJ, Han BH, Zarit SH, Piette JD. PMID: 29029293; PMCID: PMC6909432.
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    33. Substance Use by Adults with Medical Multimorbidity in the United States, 2015-2016. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 08; 34(8):1394-1396. Han BH, Ko R, Palamar JJ. PMID: 30945067; PMCID: PMC6667537.
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    34. Binge Drinking Among Older Adults in the United States, 2015 to 2017. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 10; 67(10):2139-2144. Han BH, Moore AA, Ferris R, Palamar JJ. PMID: 31364159; PMCID: PMC6800799.
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    35. Prevalence and Correlates of Cultural Smokeless Tobacco Products among South Asian Americans in New York City. J Community Health. 2019 06; 44(3):479-486. Han BH, Wyatt LC, Sherman SE, Islam NS, Trinh-Shevrin C, Kwon SC. PMID: 30874956; PMCID: PMC6504577.
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    36. Substance Use Among Older People Living With HIV: Challenges for Health Care Providers. Front Public Health. 2019; 7:94. Deren S, Cortes T, Dickson VV, Guilamo-Ramos V, Han BH, Karpiak S, Naegle M, Ompad DC, Wu B. PMID: 31069208; PMCID: PMC6491638.
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    37. Patterns of Medical Cannabis Use among Cancer Patients from a Medical Cannabis Dispensary in New York State. J Palliat Med. 2019 10; 22(10):1196-1201. Kim A, Kaufmann CN, Ko R, Li Z, Han BH. PMID: 30909786; PMCID: PMC6776253.
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    38. Unintentional drug overdose deaths involving cocaine among middle-aged and older adults in New York City. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 05 01; 198:121-125. Han BH, Tuazon E, Kunins HV, Mantha S, Paone D. PMID: 30909019; PMCID: PMC6467745.
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    39. Prescription opioid misuse among middle-aged and older adults in the United States, 2015-2016. Prev Med. 2019 04; 121:94-98. Han BH, Sherman SE, Palamar JJ. PMID: 30763631; PMCID: PMC6399064.
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    40. Shifting characteristics of nonmedical prescription tranquilizer users in the United States, 2005-2014. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 02 01; 195:1-5. Palamar JJ, Han BH, Martins SS. PMID: 30553910; PMCID: PMC6359959.
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    41. Medical multimorbidity and drug use among adults in the United States. Prev Med Rep. 2018 Dec; 12:214-219. Han BH, Termine DJ, Moore AA, Sherman SE, Palamar JJ. PMID: 30370208; PMCID: PMC6202656.
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    42. Marijuana use by middle-aged and older adults in the United States, 2015-2016. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 10 01; 191:374-381. Han BH, Palamar JJ. PMID: 30197051; PMCID: PMC6159910.
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    43. Aging, multimorbidity, and substance use disorders: The growing case for integrating the principles of geriatric care and harm reduction. Int J Drug Policy. 2018 08; 58:135-136. Han BH. PMID: 29957564; PMCID: PMC6112977.
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    44. Prevalence and correlates of binge drinking among older adults with multimorbidity. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 06 01; 187:48-54. Han BH, Moore AA, Sherman SE, Palamar JJ. PMID: 29627405; PMCID: PMC5959772.
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    45. Use of web-based screening and brief intervention for unhealthy alcohol use by older adults. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2018 03; 86:70-77. Han BH, Masukawa K, Rosenbloom D, Kuerbis A, Helmuth E, Liao DH, Moore AA. PMID: 29415854; PMCID: PMC5808575.
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    46. Prevention and Screening of Unhealthy Substance Use by Older Adults. Clin Geriatr Med. 2018 02; 34(1):117-129. Han BH, Moore AA. PMID: 29129212; PMCID: PMC5718360.
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    47. Shifting characteristics of ecstasy users ages 12-34 in the United States, 2007-2014. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 12 01; 181:20-24. Palamar JJ, Mauro PM, Han BH, Martins SS. PMID: 29028555; PMCID: PMC5683908.
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    48. Effect of Statin Treatment vs Usual Care on Primary Cardiovascular Prevention Among Older Adults: The ALLHAT-LLT Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 07 01; 177(7):955-965. Han BH, Sutin D, Williamson JD, Davis BR, Piller LB, Pervin H, Pressel SL, Blaum CS, ALLHAT Collaborative Research Group. PMID: 28531241; PMCID: PMC5543335.
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    49. Comparison of the Substance Use Brief Screen (SUBS) to the AUDIT-C and ASSIST for detecting unhealthy alcohol and drug use in a population of hospitalized smokers. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017 08; 79:67-74. Han BH, Sherman SE, Link AR, Wang B, McNeely J. PMID: 28673530; PMCID: PMC5966314.
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    50. Racial and Ethnic Difference in Falls Among Older Adults: Results from the California Health Interview Survey. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2018 04; 5(2):271-278. Kwon SC, Han BH, Kranick JA, Wyatt LC, Blaum CS, Yi SS, Trinh-Shevrin C. PMID: 28411329; PMCID: PMC5641225.
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    51. Demographic trends of binge alcohol use and alcohol use disorders among older adults in the United States, 2005-2014. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Jan 01; 170:198-207. Han BH, Moore AA, Sherman S, Keyes KM, Palamar JJ. PMID: 27979428; PMCID: PMC5241162.
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    52. Demographic trends among older cannabis users in the United States, 2006-13. Addiction. 2017 03; 112(3):516-525. Han BH, Sherman S, Mauro PM, Martins SS, Rotenberg J, Palamar JJ. PMID: 27767235; PMCID: PMC5300687.
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    53. Older Adults Reporting More Diabetes Mellitus Care Have Greater 9-Year Survival. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Dec; 63(12):2455-2462. Han BH, Blaum CS, Ferris RE, Min LC, Lee PG. PMID: 26659115; PMCID: PMC4688231.
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    54. Correlates of Physical Activity Among Middle-Aged and Older Korean Americans at Risk for Diabetes. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2016 Jan; 48(1):48-57. Han BH, Sadarangani T, Wyatt LC, Zanowiak JM, Kwon SC, Trinh-Shevrin C, Lee L, Islam NS. PMID: 26641597; PMCID: PMC4898646.
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    55. Demographic Trends of Adults in New York City Opioid Treatment Programs--An Aging Population. Subst Use Misuse. 2015; 50(13):1660-7. Han B, Polydorou S, Ferris R, Blaum CS, Ross S, McNeely J. PMID: 26584180.
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    56. Primary Care Providers' Knowledge and Practices of Diabetes Management During Ramadan. J Prim Care Community Health. 2016 Jan; 7(1):33-7. Ali M, Adams A, Hossain MA, Sutin D, Han BH. PMID: 26294052; PMCID: PMC5932667.
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    57. Statin treatment for older adults: the impact of the 2013 ACC/AHA cholesterol guidelines. Drugs Aging. 2015 Feb; 32(2):87-93. Weinberger Y, Han BH. PMID: 25586520.
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    58. Statinopause. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Dec; 29(12):1702-6. Han BH, Weinberger Y, Sutin D. PMID: 25092007; PMCID: PMC4242868.
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    59. Exploring ethnic and racial differences in falls among older adults. J Community Health. 2014 Dec; 39(6):1241-7. Han BH, Ferris R, Blaum C. PMID: 24585104.
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