Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Professor, Community Health Sciences

Richard Saitz
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


Richard Saitz MD, MPH, FACP (Fellow, American College of Physicians), DFASAM (Distinguished Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine), is a general internist (diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, DABIM) and primary care physician, an addiction medicine specialist (diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, DABAM), Chair and Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University (BU) School of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine at BU School of Medicine. He Chaired the Treatment and Services review committee for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is former Editor of Evidence-Based Medicine, associate editor of JAMA, and Senior Editor of Journal of Addiction Medicine, Section Editor and sole author of key chapters in UpToDate on unhealthy substance use, an editor of the ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine textbook, Editor Emeritus of Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, and author of over two hundred peer-reviewed publications.

He was Director of Boston Medical Center’s Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit for over a decade, has been Chairman of an Institutional Review Board, Associate Director of Clinical Research for BU, President of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), steering committee member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and is coordinating committee member of International Network for Brief Intervention for Alcohol and other drug problems (INEBRIA). He is on the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) Board now as Vice President. His primary areas of expertise supported by NIH, RWJF, and SAMHSA, are screening and brief intervention, integrating substance-related and general health care, improving the quality of care for people with unhealthy substance use, particularly in general health settings, and basing care on science. He validated single-item screening questions recommended by NIDA and NIAAA. Awards: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Boston Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award, Best Doctors in America®, AMERSA’s W. Anderson Spickard, Jr. Excellence in Mentorship Award, the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award (ASAM), Research Society on Alcoholism Distinguished Researcher Award.

Other Positions

  • Chair, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Active Staff Privileges, Medicine, Boston Medical Center


  • Boston University School of Medicine, MD
  • Harvard University, MPH
  • Boston University, BA


  • Published on 4/30/2020

    Saitz R. Brady KT, Levin FR, Galanter M, Kleber HD. The American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Substance Use Disorders. Screening and Brief Intervention. American Psychiatric Press. 2020.

  • Published on 5/16/2019

    Saitz R. Editor's note: Congratulations to the 2019 Author and Reviewer Award Winners. J Addict Med. 2019 May 16. PMID: 31107802.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/8/2019

    Biancarelli DL, Biello KB, Childs E, Drainoni M, Salhaney P, Edeza A, Mimiaga MJ, Saitz R, Bazzi AR. Strategies used by people who inject drugs to avoid stigma in healthcare settings. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 May 01; 198:80-86. PMID: 30884432.

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  • Published on 3/1/2019

    Saitz R. Treatment for Opioid Addiction Must Be Offered in General Hospitals: But How? J Addict Med. 2019 Mar/Apr; 13(2):83-84. PMID: 30652975.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/1/2019

    Humphreys K, Saitz R. Should Physicians Recommend Replacing Opioids With Cannabis? JAMA. 2019 Feb 01. PMID: 30707218.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Saitz R. Post TW (ed) UpToDate. Screening for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use in primary care. WoltersKluwer. Waltham. 2019.

  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Saitz R. Post TW (ed) UpToDate. Brief intervention for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use: Efficacy, adverse effects, and administration. Wolters Kluwer. Waltham. 2019.

  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Saitz R. HErron A, Brennan T (eds), The ASAM Essentials of Addiction Medicine. Recommended use of terminology in addiction medicine. Wolters Kluwer. Philadelphia. 2019.

  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Bierer MF, Saitz R. In Johnson B (ed). Addiction Medicine: Science and Practice. Unhealthy alcohol and drug use in primary care. Elsevier. London. 2019.

  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Bertholet N, Saitz R. Herron A, Brennan T (eds) The ASAM Essentials of Addiction Medicine. Screening and brief intervention for pregnant women. Wolters Kluwer. Philadelphia. 2019.

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