Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM
Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

MD, Boston University School of Medicine
MPH, Harvard University




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.

Chair
Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences


Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Medicine
General Internal Medicine

Member
Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research


Faculty
Boston University School of Medicine
Medicine
Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences



2017 Society of General Internal Medicine: Quality and Practice Innovation Award
2016 American Society of Addiction Medicine: Distinguished Fellow
2015 Society of General Internal Medicine: Best Published Research Paper of the Year
2012 Research Society on Alcoholism: Distinguished Researcher
2012 American Society of Addiction Medicine : R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist
2011 Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse: W. Anderson Spickard, Jr. Excellence in Mentorship
2007 Boston University: Commencement Speaker, Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program (BA/MD)
2004 American Society of Addiction Medicine: Fellow
2003-2013 Best Doctors in America®
2003 Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse: Best abstract
2003 Boston Jaycees: Ten Outstanding Young Leaders
2001 Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse: Best Abstract
1999 American College of Physicans: Fellow
1997 Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse: Best Abstract
1995 Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse: New Investigator
1987 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society


The Boston University Clinical and Transitional Science Institute
04/15/2020 - 03/31/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM
NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
3UL1TR001430-05A1S2

NRSA Training Core
04/15/2020 - 03/31/2025 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Darrell Nelson Kotton, MD
NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
2TL1TR001410-05A1

The National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network: New England Consortium Node
06/01/2020 - 02/28/2025 (Subcontract PI)
Yale University NIH NIDA
5UG1DA015831-20

Identifying Optimal Psychosocial Interventions for Patients Receiving Office-Based Buprenorphine
09/02/2019 - 10/01/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Patient-Cnt.Out. Res


Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Program
05/01/2017 - 04/30/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIDA
5R25DA013582-19

MassHEAL- Reducing overdose deaths 40% (2019-2023)
04/17/2019 - 03/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIDA
5UM1DA049412-02

NorthStar Node of the Clinical Trials Network
06/01/2020 - 02/28/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute NIH NIDA
3UG1DA040316-06S5

Institutional Program Unifying Population and Laboratory Based Sciences Award
02/01/2013 - 01/31/2022 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Lindsay Farrer, PhD
Burroughs Wellcome Fund


Records for Alcohol Care Enhancement (RACE)
05/20/2019 - 08/31/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
5R21AA027597-02

URBAN ARCH (5/5) Boston Cohort - Alcohol and HIV-associated comorbidity and complications: Frailty, Functional impairment, Falls, and Fractures (the 4F Study)
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
3U01AA020784-10S1

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SBIRT for Substance Abuse in Mental Health Treatment Settings
09/15/2012 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
Univ of California, Los Angeles NIH-NIDA

Addressing Alcohol/HIV Consequences in Substance Dependence-Boston ARCH Cohort (Supplement)
03/05/2015 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
NIH-NIAAA
5U01AA020784-05

Addressing Alcohol /HIV Consequences in Substance Dependence - Boston ARCH Cohort
09/20/2011 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
NIH-NIAAA
5U01 AA020784-05

Efficacy/Effectiveness of Unhealthy Drug Use Screening
05/01/2012 - 04/30/2015 (PI)
NIH-NIDA
3R01 DA025068-05S1

Efficacy/Effectiveness of unhealthy drug use screening/Brief intervention models
07/01/2009 - 04/30/2015 (PI)
NIH-NIDA
3R01 DA025068-02S1

Efficacy/Effectiveness of Unhealthy Drug Use Screening/Brief Intervention Models
07/15/2008 - 04/30/2015 (PI)
NIH-NIDA
5R01 DA025068-05

Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) Implementation and Sustainability
04/01/2011 - 12/31/2012 (PI)
NIH-NIDA
1R13 DA031540-01

Validation for Self-administered Single-item Screening Questions (SISQ) for Drug Use
04/01/2012 - 09/30/2012 (PI)
MITRE Corporation HRSA-SAMHSA

Alcohol SBI Research Conference
12/10/2010 - 11/30/2011 (PI)
NIH-NIAAA
1R13 AA020158-01

Linkage of Alcohol Abusers to Primary Care - Supplement
06/29/2006 - 08/31/2011 (PI)
NIH-NIAAA
3 R01 AA010870-06A2S1

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Boston Alcohol Research Collaboration on HIV/AIDS - Comorbidity Center (Boston ARCH CC) 1P01AA029546-01
2021 Administrative Core 1P01AA029546-01-9251
2021 Records for Alcohol Care Enhancement (RACE) 4R33AA027597-03
2021 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 5UL1TR001430-06 142
2021 URBAN ARCH (5/5) Boston Cohort - Alcohol and HIV-associated comorbidity and complications: Frailty, Functional impairment, Falls, and Fractures (the 4F study) 3U01AA020784-10S2 10
2020 Records for Alcohol Care Enhancement (RACE) 5R21AA027597-02
2020 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 2UL1TR001430-05A1 142
2020 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 3UL1TR001430-05A1S1 142
2020 Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute 3UL1TR001430-05A1S2 142
2020 URBAN ARCH (5/5) Boston Cohort - Alcohol and HIV-associated comorbidity and complications: Frailty, Functional impairment, Falls, and Fractures (the 4F study) 5U01AA020784-10 10
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  1. Tanner-Smith EE, Parr NJ, Schweer-Collins M, Saitz R. Effects of brief substance use interventions delivered in general medical settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Addiction. 2021 Oct 14. PMID: 34647649
     
  2. Shorter GW, Bray JW, Heather N, Berman AH, Giles EL, Clarke M, Barbosa C, O'Donnell AJ, Holloway A, Riper H, Daeppen JB, Monteiro MG, Saitz R, McNeely J, McKnight-Eily L, Cowell A, Toner P, Newbury-Birch D. The "Outcome Reporting in Brief Intervention Trials: Alcohol" (ORBITAL) Core Outcome Set: International Consensus on Outcomes to Measure in Efficacy and Effectiveness Trials of Alcohol Brief Interventions. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2021 Sep; 82(5):638-646. PMID: 34546911
     
  3. Weimer MB, Wakeman SE, Saitz R. X-Waiver Exemption in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder-Reply. JAMA. 2021 08 03; 326(5):442-443. PMID: 34342621
     
  4. Smid MC, Saitz R. Postpartum Treatment of Individuals With Opioid Use Disorder: Maternal Risk and Need for Evidence Do Not End When Pregnancy Ends. J Addict Med. 2021 Jul-Aug 01; 15(4):267-268. PMID: 34397779
     
  5. Rubin A, Livingston NA, Brady J, Hocking E, Bickmore T, Sawdy M, Kressin N, Saitz R, Simon S. Computerized Relational Agent to Deliver Alcohol Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in Primary Care: a Randomized Clinical Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Jun 18.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34145518; PMCID: PMC8212899; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-021-06945-9;
     
  6. Hahn JA, Murnane PM, Vittinghoff E, Muyindike WR, Emenyonu NI, Fatch R, Chamie G, Haberer JE, Francis JM, Kapiga S, Jacobson K, Myers B, Couture MC, DiClemente RJ, Brown JL, So-Armah K, Sulkowski M, Marcus GM, Woolf-King S, Cook RL, Richards VL, Molina P, Ferguson T, Welsh D, Piano MR, Phillips SA, Stewart S, Afshar M, Page K, McGinnis K, Fiellin DA, Justice AC, Bryant K, Saitz R. Factors associated with phosphatidylethanol (PEth) sensitivity for detecting unhealthy alcohol use: An individual patient data meta-analysis. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2021 06; 45(6):1166-1187.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33837975; PMCID: PMC8254773; DOI: 10.1111/acer.14611;
     
  7. Park TW, Sikov J, dellaBitta V, Saitz R, Walley AY, Drainoni ML. "It could potentially be dangerous... but nothing else has seemed to help me.": Patient and clinician perspectives on benzodiazepine use in opioid agonist treatment. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 Apr 30; 131:108455.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34098286
     
  8. Fuster D, Nunes D, Cheng DM, Saitz R, Samet JH. Alcohol Consumption and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA Levels in HIV/HCV Coinfected Patients. Viruses. 2021 04 21; 13(5).View Related Profiles. PMID: 33919027; PMCID: PMC8142976; DOI: 10.3390/v13050716;
     
  9. Weimer MB, Wakeman SE, Saitz R. Removing One Barrier to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment: Is It Enough? JAMA. 2021 Mar 23; 325(12):1147-1148. PMID: 33630020
     
  10. Saitz R, Bair-Merritt MH, Levy SJ. Screening for Young Adults for Illicit Drug Use: A Good Idea Although Evidence Is Lacking. Pediatrics. 2021 01; 147(Suppl 2):S259-S261.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33386328
     
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This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 378 publications over 30 distinct years, with a maximum of 26 publications in 2020

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200313
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What Do The President’s Son, George Floyd And Rapper DMX Have In Common? A Disease Called Addiction

Forbes 4/6/2021

What Do The President’s Son, George Floyd And Rapper DMX Have In Common? A Disease Called Addiction

Forbes 4/6/2021

4 Ways to Reel In Your Pandemic Drinking

GQ 3/24/2021

How The Latest Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Impact Women, Race, Addiction And Covid-19

Forbes 3/10/2021

Saying It Nicer: Why Language Matters For People With Addiction

Forbes 11/18/2020

Can’t handle alcohol like you used to? It’s not in your head

Considerable. 10/22/2020

How alcohol led to my dad’s death

Medium 10/1/2020

AA Keeps People From Drinking Alcohol Longer Than Other Tools, Cochrane Review Finds

WBUR 3/11/2020

Alcohol Is Growing as a Prime-Time Killer

U.S. News & World Report 2/25/2020

New Year’s partiers nursed hangovers with Coppersmith brunch, Bloody Marys – and an I.V. drip

Boston.com 1/3/2020

The real reason you can’t handle alcohol anymore

Considerable 5/28/2019

Study Reports Marijuana Use Among Patients With Cancer May Be Increasing While Opioid Use Stays Stable, but Questions Remain

Cancer Therapy Advisor 4/30/2019

Don’t call Jessica Lareau an Alcoholic. To Her, Words Matter

BU Today 4/2/2019

For Cancer Risk, a Bottle of Wine Equals This Many Cigarettes

Live Science 3/28/2019

Giving Opioid Addicts Medical Marijuana to Treat Their Addiction is ‘Irresponsible,’ Says Addictions Expert

Civilized 2/13/2019

US attorney releases new antiopioid TV and radio ads

The Boston Globe 2/12/2019

Reducing the Reliance on Opioids for Cancer Pain: Is the Switch to Cannabis a Viable Option?

Cancer Therapy Advisor 2/7/2019

Should You Quit Drinking for Dry January? Here's What Experts Say

TIME 1/2/2019

Medical Leaders: Elevate Evidence Over Bias in Opioid Disorder Treatment

Behavioral Health Executive 12/21/2018

The real reason you can’t drink like you used to

Considerable 12/18/2018

Daily medication more cost-effective than monthly injections to prevent opioid relapse

Healio 12/17/2018

Doctors should screen all adults for alcohol abuse, new guidelines say: report

NOLA 11/13/2018

Recreational Marijuana: “Wonderful Thing” or “Major Health Risk”?

BU Today 10/25/2018

Blackout Drinking May Have Left Brett Kavanaugh With Alcohol-Induced Amnesia

Inquisitr 10/4/2018

The Science Behind Blackout Drinking And How It Could Relate To Kavanaugh

WBUR 10/3/2018

CommonHealth: The Latest On Alcohol, From Moderate Drinking's Health Effects To Underused Treatments

WBUR 8/28/2018

Few heavy drinkers get drugs to help curb alcohol use

Reuters 8/28/2018

40 pct of U.S. adults who drink, drink too much: study

Xinhuanet 7/18/2018

After canceling an ethically dubious trial, NIH sticks with a muddled message on booze

Health News Review 7/16/2018

New buyer for Salem Memorial

Politico 3/19/2018

A study examines alcohol’s benefits. The industry is funding it

Watertown Daily Times 3/18/2018

Federal Agency Courted Alcohol industry to Fund Study on Benefits of Moderate Drinking

The New York Times 3/17/2018

Professor Saitz mentors trainees at all levels in research, mainly masters, doctoral students, and junior faculty, and is career mentor when appropriate as well.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Career Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
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