Kelley Anne Saia, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynecology

MD, University of Vermont
BSN, Georgetown University
BA, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Expertise includes: Treatment of substance use disorders in pregnancy and post-pregnancy, including opioid, alcohol, stimulant and marijuana use disorders; Trauma-informed care for pregnant persons with substance use disorder

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Our team at Project RESPECT is actively engaged in DEI&A for pregnant and post-pregnant persons of color with substance use disorders. We have received funding from Massachusetts Department of Public Health (2015), Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Treatment (2018), Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (2019), and Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (2019) to initiate and expand this work. These funds have enabled our team to grow in numbers and diversity. From 2015 to 2022, grant funded initiatives focused on improving access to addiction treatment for pregnant BIPOC has allowed our team to expand from 6 to 14 members, and improve racial and ethnic diversity from 32% BIPOC members to 43% reflecting the communities of color which we serve. We have conducted qualitative research focused on identifying systemic barriers within our clinic which prevent access or lower engagement in treatment for pregnant persons of color. We have initiated community linkages with two residential treatment programs in Boston for pregnant women of color and provide weekly on-site recovery groups hosted by RESPECT team members from the respective communities. We have increased the percentage of pregnant BIPOC who engage in Project RESPECT services from 13% to 20%; and 70% of post-pregnant BIPOC clients remain in care with our team. We strive to improve our obstetric and addiction recovery care and our infrastructure to decrease barriers and advance supports for pregnant and post-pregnant BIPOC with substance use disorders.

Office based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)/Project RESPECT
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2026 (PI)

01/01/2021 - 12/31/2022 (PI)
MA Office of Attorney General

RFR for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Interventions Inp
05/10/2021 - 09/30/2022 (PI)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Massachusetts Health

'Project RESPECT - OBOT Expansion Grant / MASS SOR
04/01/2021 - 09/29/2022 (PI)
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health / DPH Substance Abuse and

Entre Familia (PPW)
01/01/2018 - 09/29/2022 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission Substance Abuse & Me

Office based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)/Project RESPECT (Renewa
11/08/2021 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health / DPH

Office Based Opioid Treatment
08/15/2007 - 06/30/2010 (PI)


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  1. Wanar A, Saia K, Field TA. Accelerated Fentanyl Metabolism During Pregnancy and Impact on Prenatal Drug Testing. Matern Child Health J. 2023 Jun 03. PMID: 37269392
  2. Holland E, Gibbs L, Spence NZ, Young M, Werler MM, Guang Z, Saia K, Bateman BT, Achu R, Wachman EM. A comparison of postpartum opioid consumption and opioid discharge prescriptions among opioid-naïve patients and those with opioid use disorder. Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM. 2023 Aug; 5(8):101025.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37211090
  3. Laks J, Walley AY, Bagley SM, Barber CM, Gaeta JM, Neville LA, Peterkin AF, Rosenthal E, Saia KA, Weinstein ZM, Harris MTH. Developing a Women's Health track within addiction medicine fellowship: reflections and inspirations. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2023 Jan 09; 18(1):3.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36617557; PMCID: PMC9827632; DOI: 10.1186/s13722-022-00357-8;
  4. Wanar A, Saia K, Field T. Predictors of the Rate of Illicit Fentanyl Metabolism in a Cohort of Pregnant Individuals. J Addict Med. 2023 Jan-Feb 01; 17(1):85-88. PMID: 35972138; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000001043;
  5. Wanar A, Isley BC, Saia K, Field TA. False-positive Fentanyl Urine Detection after Initiation of Labetalol Treatment for Hypertension in Pregnancy: A Case Report. J Addict Med. 2022 Nov-Dec 01; 16(6):e417-e419. PMID: 35972891; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000001010;
  6. Perry BN, Vais S, Boateng JO, Jain M, Wachman EM, Saia KA. Buprenorphine-naloxone Versus Buprenorphine for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy. J Addict Med. 2022 Nov-Dec 01; 16(6):e399-e404.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35916423; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000001004;
  7. Harris MTH, Laks J, Stahl N, Bagley SM, Saia K, Wechsberg WM. Gender Dynamics in Substance Use and Treatment: A Women's Focused Approach. Med Clin North Am. 2022 Jan; 106(1):219-234.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34823732; PMCID: PMC8881090; DOI: 10.1016/j.mcna.2021.08.007;
  8. Komaromy M, Tomanovich M, Taylor JL, Ruiz-Mercado G, Kimmel SD, Bagley SM, Saia KM, Costello E, Park TW, LaBelle C, Weinstein Z, Walley AY. Adaptation of a System of Treatment for Substance Use Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Addict Med. 2021 Nov-Dec 01; 15(6):448-451.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33298750; PMCID: PMC8562917; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000791;
  9. Harris M, Joseph K, Hoeppner B, Wachman EM, Gray JR, Saia K, Wakeman S, Bair-Merritt MH, Schiff DM. A Retrospective Cohort Study Examining the Utility of Perinatal Urine Toxicology Testing to Guide Breastfeeding Initiation. J Addict Med. 2021 Jul-Aug 01; 15(4):311-317.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33060464; PMCID: PMC8044259; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000761;
  10. Epstein RL, Moloney C, Garfinkel J, Saia K, Wachman EM, Lodi S, Pelton SI. Enhancing Linkage to Hepatitis C Virus Treatment Following Pregnancy in Women Identified During Perinatal Care. Hepatol Commun. 2021 Sep; 5(9):1543-1554.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34510828; PMCID: PMC8435278; DOI: 10.1002/hep4.1748;
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