Robert B. Saper, MD

Associate Professor, Family Medicine

Robert Saper
(617) 414-6276

Biography

Dr. Saper is the Director of Integrative Medicine for the Boston Medical Center Department of Family Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Saper attended Brandeis University for his undergraduate education. After graduating Harvard Medical School in 1988, he completed a family medicine residency and chief residency at UCSF from 1988-92 and was in private practice for 8 years in the San Francisco Bay area. While in California he worked closely with Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversal of Heart Disease. In 2000 he moved back to the Boston area and retooled professionally by entering the three year NIH-funded Integrative Medicine Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School which included an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. As a fellow, he published the first nationally representative survey of yoga use in the United States.

In 2004 he joined the Boston University faculty and medical staff of Boston Medical Center where he directs the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities. The mission of the Program is to bring evidence-based integrative medicine approaches to all, regardless of ability to pay. Soon after arriving at Boston Medical Center, he received a five year Academic Career Development Grant from the NIH National Center for Complementary Alternative Medicine. With this support, he published a pilot study of yoga for chronic low back pain in predominantly low income minorities recruited from federally qualified community health centers. In 2010 Dr. Saper was funded by the NIH to conduct a randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness and cost of yoga, physical therapy, and education for back pain in 320 adults. He is also funded by NIH to study yoga for back pain in veterans. Other major areas of research include the safety and efficacy of traditional Indian herbal medicines.

Dr. Saper is the Vice Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health and the Co-Editor in Chief of Global Advances in Health and Medicine.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Active Staff Hospital Privileges, Family Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Education

  • Harvard University, MD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH
  • Brandeis University, BA

Publications

  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Hore P, Ahmed MS, Sedlar S, Saper RB, Nagin D, Clark N. Blood Lead Levels and Potential Risk Factors for Lead Exposures Among South Asians in New York City. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Dec; 19(6):1322-1329. PMID: 27015835.

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  • Published on 10/16/2017

    Roseen EJ, Cornelio-Flores O, Lemaster C, Hernandez M, Fong C, Resnick K, Wardle J, Hanser S, Saper R. Inpatient Massage Therapy Versus Music Therapy Versus Usual Care: A Mixed-methods Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial. Glob Adv Health Med. 2017; 6:2164957X17735816. PMID: 29085740.

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  • Published on 9/4/2017

    Spadola CE, Rottapel R, Khandpur N, Kontos E, Bertisch SM, Johnson DA, Quante M, Khalsa SBS, Saper RB, Redline S. Enhancing yoga participation: A qualitative investigation of barriers and facilitators to yoga among predominantly racial/ethnic minority, low-income adults. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 Nov; 29:97-104. PMID: 29122272.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Saper RB. Integrative Medicine and Health. Med Clin North Am. 2017 Sep; 101(5):xvii-xviii. PMID: 28802477.

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  • Published on 6/20/2017

    Saper RB, Lemaster C, Delitto A, Sherman KJ, Herman PM, Sadikova E, Stevans J, Keosaian JE, Cerrada CJ, Femia AL, Roseen EJ, Gardiner P, Gergen Barnett K, Faulkner C, Weinberg J. Yoga, Physical Therapy, or Education for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Noninferiority Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Jul 18; 167(2):85-94. PMID: 28631003.

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  • Published on 12/13/2016

    Gardiner P, Lestoquoy AS, Gergen-Barnett K, Penti B, White LF, Saper R, Fredman L, Stillman S, Lily Negash N, Adelstein P, Brackup I, Farrell-Riley C, Kabbara K, Laird L, Mitchell S, Bickmore T, Shamekhi A, Liebschutz JM. Design of the integrative medical group visits randomized control trial for underserved patients with chronic pain and depression. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Mar; 54:25-35. PMID: 27979754.

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  • Published on 7/1/2016

    Penti B, Liebschutz JM, Kopcza B, Xuan Z, Odell C, Saper R. Novel peer review method for improving controlled substance prescribing in primary care. J Opioid Manag. 2016 Jul-Aug; 12(4):269-79. PMID: 27575828.

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  • Published on 4/29/2016

    Saper RB, Lemaster CM, Elwy AR, Paris R, Herman PM, Plumb DN, Sherman KJ, Groessl EJ, Lynch S, Wang S, Weinberg J. Yoga versus education for Veterans with chronic low back pain: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016 Apr 29; 17(1):224. PMID: 27129472.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Saper R. Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities. Glob Adv Health Med. 2016 Jan; 5(1):5-8. PMID: 26937308.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Sakallaris BR, Miller WL, Saper R, Kreitzer MJ, Jonas W. Meeting the Challenge of a More Person-centered Future for US Healthcare. Glob Adv Health Med. 2016 Jan; 5(1):51-60. PMID: 26937314.

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