Kelley Anne Saia, MD
Associate 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.

SOR3 (renewal of SOR 2)
07/01/2023 - 09/29/2024 (PI)
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health / DPH

Project RESPECT - OBOT Expansion Grant / MASS SOR
04/01/2021 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health / DPH Substance Abuse and

Office based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)/Project RESPECT
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health / DPH

01/01/2021 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
MA Office of Attorney General

RFR for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Interventions Inpatient Technical Assistance Program
05/10/2021 - 09/30/2023 (PI)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Massachusetts Health

Entre Familia (PPW)
01/01/2018 - 09/29/2023 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission Substance Abuse & Me

Office based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)/Project RESPECT (Renewal)
11/08/2021 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health / DPH

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


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  1. Khazanchi R, Wachman EM, Schiff DM, Modest A, Saia KA, Hsu HE. Mandatory Child Protective Services Reporting for Substance-Exposed Newborns and Peripartum Outcomes: A Difference-in-Differences Analysis. JAMA Pediatr. 2024 Jul 01; 178(7):719-722.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38709513; PMCID: PMC11074925; DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2024.0903;
  2. Mantri S, Cheng AC, Saia K, Shrestha H, Amgott R, Bressler J, Werler MM, Carter G, Jones HE, Wachman EM. Neurobehavioral outcomes of infants exposed to buprenorphine-naloxone compared with naltrexone during pregnancy. Early Hum Dev. 2024 Jul; 194:106051.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38815498
  3. Wachman EM, Saia K, Bressler J, Werler M, Carter G, Jones HE. Case Series of Individuals Treated With Naltrexone During Pregnancy for Opioid and/or Alcohol Use Disorder. J Addict Med. 2024 May-Jun 01; 18(3):288-292.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38354121; PMCID: PMC11150101; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000001293;
  4. Harris M, Schiff DM, Saia K, Muftu S, Standish KR, Wachman EM. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Clinical Protocol #21: Breastfeeding in the Setting of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder (Revised 2023). Breastfeed Med. 2023 Oct; 18(10):715-733.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37856658; PMCID: PMC10775244; DOI: 10.1089/bfm.2023.29256.abm;
  5. Deflorimonte C, Glissendorf V, Hofer J, Cai A, Iannella N, Boateng JO, Carter G, Saia KA, Jones HE, Wachman EM. National Provider Survey: Use of Naltrexone for Pregnant Individuals with Substance Use Disorders. J Addict Med. 2023 Nov-Dec 01; 17(6):736-738.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37934548; PMCID: PMC10873530; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000001225;
  6. Deflorimonte C, Glissendorf V, Hofer J, Cai A, Iannella N, Boateng JO, Carter G, Saia KA, Jones HE, Wachman EM. National Provider Survey: Use of Naltrexone for Pregnant Individuals with Substance Use Disorders. J Addict Med. 2023 Sep 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37729010
  7. Valentine SE, Godfrey LB, Gellatly R, Paul E, Clark C, Giovannini K, Saia KA, Nillni YI. Supporting the implementation of written exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in an obstetrics-substance use disorder clinic in the Northeastern United States. SSM Ment Health. 2023 Dec 15; 4.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38645900; PMCID: PMC11027481; DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmmh.2023.100256;
  8. Wanar A, Saia K, Field TA. Accelerated Fentanyl Metabolism During Pregnancy and Impact on Prenatal Drug Testing. Matern Child Health J. 2023 Nov; 27(11):1944-1948. PMID: 37269392
  9. 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
  10. 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;
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