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 12/1/2018

    Hernandez Y, Meyers-Ohki S, Farkas S, Ball S, Leonard K, Rotrosen J, Saitz R. How Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York Are Taking Action to Address the Opioid Epidemic. Am J Public Health. 2018 Dec; 108(12):1621-1622. PMID: 30403507.

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  • Published on 11/13/2018

    Bazzi A, Saitz R. Screening for Unhealthy Alcohol Use. JAMA. 2018 11 13; 320(18):1869-1871. PMID: 30422181.

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  • Published on 8/28/2018

    Saitz R. Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder and Predicting Severe Withdrawal. JAMA. 2018 08 28; 320(8):766-768. PMID: 30167678.

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  • Published on 8/2/2018

    Johnson NA, Kypri K, Saunders JB, Saitz R, Attia J, Latter J, McElduff P, Dunlop A, Doran C, Wolfenden L, McCambridge J. Effect of electronic screening and brief intervention on hazardous or harmful drinking among adults in the hospital outpatient setting: A randomized, double-blind, controlled trial. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 10 01; 191:78-85. PMID: 30096637.

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  • Published on 6/6/2018

    Saitz R, Mesic A, Ventura AS, Winter MR, Heeren TC, Sullivan MM, Walley AY, Patts GJ, Meli SM, Holick MF, Kim TW, Bryant KJ, Samet JH. Alcohol Consumption and Bone Mineral Density in People with HIV and Substance Use Disorder: A Prospective Cohort Study. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2018 Jun 06. PMID: 29873812.

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  • Published on 5/1/2018

    Saitz R. Editor's Note: Congratulations to the 2018 Author and Reviewer Award Winners. J Addict Med. 2018 May/Jun; 12(3):169. PMID: 29794617.

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  • Published on 3/29/2018

    Hodgkin D, Gao W, Merrick EL, Drebing CE, Larson MJ, Horgan CM, Sharma M, Petry NM, Saitz R. Implementing single-item screening for drug use in a Veterans Health Administration outpatient setting. Subst Abus. 2018 Mar 29; 1-9. PMID: 29595402.

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  • Published on 3/29/2018

    Saitz R. Absence of a quick fix does not mean 'do nothing:' time to address drug use in the ED. Emerg Med J. 2018 05; 35(5):280-281. PMID: 29599111.

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  • Published on 2/27/2018

    Hettema JE, Cockrell SA, Reeves A, Ingersoll KS, Lum PJ, Saitz R, Murray-Krezan CM, Carrejo VA. Development and differentiability of three brief interventions for risky alcohol use that include varying doses of motivational interviewing. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2018 Feb 27; 13(1):6. PMID: 29482632.

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  • Published on 1/2/2018

    Johnson NA, Kypri K, Latter J, Dunlop A, Brown A, Saitz R, Saunders JB, Attia J, Wolfenden L, Doran C, McCambridge J. Effect of electronic brief intervention on uptake of specialty treatment in hospital outpatients with likely alcohol dependence: Pilot randomized trial and qualitative interviews. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 02 01; 183:253-260. PMID: 29306817.

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