Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Chair, Community Health Sciences

Richard Saitz
617.358.1343
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 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

  • Professor, General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Faculty, Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 8/4/2020

    Saitz R, Schwitzer G. Communicating Science in the Time of a Pandemic. JAMA. 2020 08 04; 324(5):443-444. PMID: 32749498.

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  • Published on 7/31/2020

    Esser MB, Sherk A, Liu Y, Naimi TS, Stockwell T, Stahre M, Kanny D, Landen M, Saitz R, Brewer RD. Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost From Excessive Alcohol Use - United States, 2011-2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020 Jul 31; 69(30):981-987. PMID: 32730240.

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  • Published on 7/31/2020

    López-Pelayo H, Aubin HJ, Drummond C, Dom G, Pascual F, Rehm J, Saitz R, Scafato E, Gual A. "The post-COVID era": challenges in the treatment of substance use disorder (SUD) after the pandemic. BMC Med. 2020 07 31; 18(1):241. PMID: 32731868.

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  • Published on 7/13/2020

    Saitz R, Schwitzer G. Communicating Science in the Time of a Pandemic. JAMA. 2020 Jul 13. PMID: 32658270.

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  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Harris M, Johnson S, Mackin S, Saitz R, Walley AY, Taylor JL. Low Barrier Tele-Buprenorphine in the Time of COVID-19: A Case Report. J Addict Med. 2020 Jul/Aug; 14(4):e136-e138. PMID: 32433364.

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  • Published on 6/12/2020

    Roy PJ, Saitz R. The Cost of a Cigarette: Opportunities to Engage Hospitalized Patients With Opioid Use Disorder. J Addict Med. 2020 Jun 12. PMID: 32541361.

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  • Published on 6/11/2020

    Palfai TP, Saitz R, Kratzer MPL, Taylor JL, Otis JD, Bernstein JA. An integrated videoconferencing intervention for chronic pain and heavy drinking among patients in HIV-care: a proof-of-concept study. AIDS Care. 2020 Sep; 32(9):1133-1140. PMID: 32524827.

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  • Published on 6/9/2020

    Lin LA, Saitz R. What Will it Take to Stem the Tide? Understanding and Addressing the Needs of People With Addiction Involving Multiple Substances. J Addict Med. 2020 Jun 09. PMID: 32530886.

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  • Published on 6/9/2020

    Saitz R. Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use: Neither an Unreasonable Idea Nor an Evidence-Based Practice. JAMA. 2020 06 09; 323(22):2263-2265. PMID: 32515804.

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  • Published on 6/2/2020

    Saitz R. Patients With Opioid Use Disorder Deserve Trained Providers. Ann Intern Med. 2020 Jun 02; 172(11):773. PMID: 32479152.

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