Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 608
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205)996-2866
Fax: (205) 934-7959
Follow Dr Kertesz on Twitter:  @StefanKertesz

Selected Recent Publications

  • Kertesz SG. Turning the tide or riptide? The changing opioid epidemic. Subst Abus. 2017 Jan-Mar;38(1):3-8. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2016.1261070.
  • Kertesz SG, Austin EL, Holmes SK, DeRussy AJ, Van Deusen Lukas C, Pollio DE. Housing first on a large scale: Fidelity strengths and challenges in the VA's HUD-VASH program. Psychol Serv. 2017 May;14(2):118-128. doi: 10.1037/ser0000123.
  • Kertesz SG, Baggett TP, O'Connell JJ, Buck DS, Kushel MB. Permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals: reframing the debate. N Engl J Med. 2016;375: 2115-2117. doi: 1056/NEJMp1608326
  • Kertesz SG, Crouch K, Milby JB, Cusimano RE, Schumacher JE. Housing first for homeless persons with active addiction: are we overreaching? Milbank Q. 2009 Jun;87(2):495-534. PMC2881444.
  • Kertesz SG, Posner MA, O'Connell JJ, Swain S, Mullins AN, Shwartz M, Ash AS. Post-hospital medical respite care and hospital readmission of homeless persons. J Prev Interv Community. 2009;37(2):129-42. PMC2702998.

Research Interests

  • Access to quality addiction and medical care for homeless and other underserved populations
  • Development of health professionals to address unmet health needs among disadvantaged populations
  • Natural history and consequences of substance misuse in adults.
  • Drug policy and opioids (more here)
  • Ending Veteran Homelessness: A Transformational Effort (white paper)

Educational Background

  • Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MSc, 2002
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MD, 1993
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, BA, 1988

Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
  • President, OneRoofAlabama (2009-2012)
  • Field Advisory Committee, Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team Initiative, Veterans Health Administration
  • Treatment Access Subcommittee of the Alabama Supreme Court Task Force on Drug Courts (named by Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb) (2007-2009)
  • Director and Physician, the Phoenix Clinic, a Homeless Patient-Aligned Care Team at Birmingham VA Medical Center
  • Chair, Alabama Chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
  • Member, Research Council of the National Alliance to End Homelessness (


  • 2008 UAB Teaching Award, Division of Preventive Medicine
  • 2007 New Investigator Award, Association for Medical Education and Research on Substance Abuse
  • 2004 Best Scientific Abstract, 2004 Southern Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine