Richard Saitz, MD

Professor, Community Health Sciences

Richard Saitz
(617) 414-7744
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center

Biography

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 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

Education

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

Classes Taught

  • SPH MC931
  • SPH SB785

Publications

  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Bagley SM, Hadland SE, Carney BL, Saitz R. Addressing Stigma in Medication Treatment of Adolescents With Opioid Use Disorder. J Addict Med. 2017 Nov/Dec; 11(6):415-416. PMID: 28767537.

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  • Published on 10/23/2017

    Lorkiewicz SA, Ventura AS, Heeren TC, Winter MR, Walley AY, Sullivan M, Samet JH, Saitz R. Lifetime Marijuana and Alcohol Use, and Cognitive Dysfunction in People with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection. Subst Abus. 2017 Oct 23; 0. PMID: 29058572.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/16/2017

    Kim TW, Walley AY, Ventura AS, Patts GJ, Heeren TC, Lerner GB, Mauricio N, Saitz R. Polypharmacy and risk of falls and fractures for patients with HIV infection and substance dependence. AIDS Care. 2017 Oct 16; 1-10. PMID: 29034725.

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  • Published on 10/9/2017

    Bertholet N, Cheng DM, Palfai TP, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Samet JH, Saitz R. Anxiety, Depression, and Pain Symptoms: Associations With the Course of Marijuana Use and Drug Use Consequences Among Urban Primary Care Patients. J Addict Med. 2017 Oct 09. PMID: 28984682.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Chavez KE, Palfai TP, Squires LE, Cheng DM, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Saitz R. Perceived discrimination and drug involvement among black primary care patients who use drugs. Addict Behav. 2017 Sep 01; 77:63-66. PMID: 28965068.

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  • Published on 7/1/2017

    Saitz R, Daaleman TP. Now is the Time to Address Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care. Ann Fam Med. 2017 Jul; 15(4):306-308. PMID: 28694263.

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  • Published on 7/1/2017

    Saitz R. Editor's Note: Congratulations to the 2017 Author and Reviewer Award Winners. J Addict Med. 2017 Jul/Aug; 11(4):245. PMID: 28759545.

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  • Published on 7/1/2017

    Saitz R. Valid, Reproducible, Clinically Useful, Nonstigmatizing Terminology for the Disease and Its Treatment: Addiction, Substance Use Disorder, and Medication. J Addict Med. 2017 Jul/Aug; 11(4):246-247. PMID: 28759546.

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  • Published on 5/19/2017

    Lasser KE, Hanchate AD, McCormick D, Walley AY, Saitz R, Lin MY, Kressin NR. Massachusetts Health Reform's Effect on Hospitalizations with Substance Use Disorder-Related Diagnoses. Health Serv Res. 2017 May 19. PMID: 28523674.

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  • Published on 5/17/2017

    Nolan S, Walley AY, Heeren TC, Patts GJ, Ventura AS, Sullivan MM, Samet JH, Saitz R. HIV-infected individuals who use alcohol and other drugs, and virologic suppression. AIDS Care. 2017 Sep; 29(9):1129-1136. PMID: 28513200.

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