Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

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Professor, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health

Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health

Director, Division of Clinical Research Resources, Clinical Translational Science Institute

Editor Emeritus, Addiction Science & Clinical Practice

Senior Editor, Journal of Addiction Medicine

Editor, Evidence-based Medicine

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Dr. Richard Saitz is a general internist and primary care physician, 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 is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is certified by the American Boards of Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He is currently also Chair of the treatment and services review committee for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Editor of Evidence-Based Medicine, Editor Emeritus of Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, Section Editor and sole author of key chapters in UpToDate on unhealthy alcohol and other drug use, Editor of a leading textbook Principles of Addiction Medicine, and author of over 160 peer-reviewed publications. He was Director of Boston Medical Center’s Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, a leading center of excellence contributing to BU’s high ranking for training in drug and alcohol disorders, for over a decade, and he continues as an active member. His experience includes being Chairman of an Institutional Review Board, Associate Director of Clinical research for the BU Medical Campus, past President of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, membership on the steering committee of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and coordinating committee member for the International Network for Brief Intervention for Alcohol and other drug problems. His primary areas of expertise and research, supported by NIH, RWJF, and SAMHSA, are screening and brief intervention for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use, integrating substance-related and general health care, such as chronic disease and care management, and improving the quality of care for people with addictions across the spectrum of use, particularly in general medical care settings. Among awards received are the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, the 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 (American Society of Addiction Medicine), and the Research Society on Alcoholism Distinguished Scientist Award, 2012.

Boston University faculty appointment: 1993

Areas of Specialization

  • Alcohol and drug screening and brief intervention education and research
  • Alcohol and drug health services research
  • Chronic care management and integrated care for unhealthy substance use, medical and other mental health conditions
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Online interventions
  • Management of unhealthy substance use in general health settings

Education and Training

Henry J Kaiser Faculty Development Fellowship Program (General Medicine), Harvard University, Boston, MA 1991-1993

Chief resident (Internal Medicine), Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA, 1990-1991
Resident (Primary Care/Internal Medicine), Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA, 1987-1990

MD, Boston University, Boston, MA
MPH (Quantitative Methods), Harvard University, Boston, MA
BA (Medical Sciences), Boston University, Boston, MA

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