Robert B. Saper, MD MPH
Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Family Medicine

MD, Harvard University
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health

Pronouns: he/him/his



Dr. Saper is the Director of Integrative Medicine for the Boston Medical Center Department of Family Medicine and Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine. 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 Past Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiology



2019 Boston Medical Center: Be Exceptional Award
2014 South Boston Community Health Center: Best Preceptor Award
2010 Society for Teachers of Family Medicine: Honorable Mention, Best Research Paper Award
2006 South Boston Community Health Center: Best Preceptor Award
2006 Society for Teachers of Family Medicine: Honorable Mention, Best Research Paper Award
2003 Harvard Medical School Class of 2003: Recognition for Outstanding Teaching
1998 Alta Bates Medical Center: President's Award
1983 Brandeis University: Summa cum laude with highest honors in biology



Targeted Interventions to Prevent Chronic Low Back Pain in High Risk Patients:A Multi Site Pragma…
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2020 (PI)
University of Pittsburgh PCORI

Innovations in Non-Pharmacologic Approaches to Pain Management for the Underserved
03/14/2018 - 03/14/2020 (PI)
MEDTRONICS

Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations
09/01/2013 - 08/31/2018 (PI)
NIH-NCCIH
3R01AT005956-05S1

Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations
09/01/2010 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
NIH-NCCIH
5R01 AT005956-05

Yoga vs Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations
09/01/2013 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
NIH-NCCIH
3R01AT005956-05S2

Moving Massage from Nice to Necessary: An Inpatient Pilot Study
01/01/2014 - 12/31/2015 (PI)
Muscular Therapy Institute Foundation

Integrative Medicine Group Visits: An Innovative Model of Care for the Future
11/01/2011 - 12/31/2015 (PI)
Chigier Family Fund

Academic Career Dvelopment in CAM Research and Education
08/01/2005 - 06/30/2011 (PI)
NIH-NCCIH
5K07AT002915-05

Therapeutic Massage for Cancer Patients at Boston Medical Center
09/01/2006 - 08/31/2007 (PI)
Massage Therapy Foundation


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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2015 Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations 3R01AT005956-05S1 9
2015 Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations 3R01AT005956-05S2 9
2014 Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations 3R01AT005956-04S2 9
2014 Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations 5R01AT005956-05 9
2014 Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations 3R01AT005956-04S1 9
2013 Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations 5R01AT005956-04 9
2012 Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations 5R01AT005956-03 9
2011 Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations 5R01AT005956-02 9
2010 Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations 1R01AT005956-01A1 9
2009 Academic Career Development in CAM Research and Education 5K07AT002915-05 13
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  1. Roseen EJ, Gerlovin H, Felson DT, Delitto A, Sherman KJ, Saper RB. Which Chronic Low Back Pain Patients Respond Favorably to Yoga, Physical Therapy, and a Self-care Book? Responder Analyses from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Med. 2020 Jul 14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32662833
     
  2. Berlowitz J, Hall DL, Joyce C, Fredman L, Sherman KJ, Saper RB, Roseen EJ. Changes in Perceived Stress After Yoga, Physical Therapy, and Education Interventions for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Med. 2020 Jun 04.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32500130
     
  3. Louis CJ, Herrera CS, Garrity BM, McDonough CM, Cabral H, Saper RB, Kazis LE. Association of Initial Provider Type on Opioid Fills for Individuals With Neck Pain. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Aug; 101(8):1407-1413.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32437688
     
  4. Garrity BM, McDonough CM, Ameli O, Rothendler JA, Carey KM, Cabral HJ, Stein MD, Saper RB, Kazis LE. Unrestricted Direct Access to Physical Therapist Services Is Associated With Lower Health Care Utilization and Costs in Patients With New-Onset Low Back Pain. Phys Ther. 2020 01 23; 100(1):107-115.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31665461
     
  5. Gardiner P, Luo M, D'Amico S, Gergen-Barnett K, White LF, Saper R, Mitchell S, Liebschutz JM. Effectiveness of integrative medicine group visits in chronic pain and depressive symptoms: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2019; 14(12):e0225540.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31851666
     
  6. Roseen EJ, Gerlovin H, Femia A, Cho J, Bertisch S, Redline S, Sherman KJ, Saper R. Yoga, Physical Therapy, and Back Pain Education for Sleep Quality in Low-Income Racially Diverse Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: a Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 01; 35(1):167-176.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31667747
     
  7. Kazis LE, Ameli O, Rothendler J, Garrity B, Cabral H, McDonough C, Carey K, Stein M, Sanghavi D, Elton D, Fritz J, Saper R. Observational retrospective study of the association of initial healthcare provider for new-onset low back pain with early and long-term opioid use. BMJ Open. 2019 09 20; 9(9):e028633.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31542740
     
  8. Keosaian J, Venkatesh T, D'Amico S, Gardiner P, Saper R. Blood Lead Levels of Children Using Traditional Indian Medicine and Cosmetics: A Feasibility Study. Glob Adv Health Med. 2019; 8:2164956119870988.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31489260
     
  9. Carey K, Ameli O, Garrity B, Rothendler J, Cabral H, McDonough C, Stein M, Saper R, Kazis L. Health insurance design and conservative therapy for low back pain. Am J Manag Care. 2019 06 01; 25(6):e182-e187.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31211551
     
  10. Delitto A, Patterson CG, Stevans JM, Brennan GP, Wegener ST, Morrisette DC, Beneciuk JM, Freel JA, Minick KI, Hunter SJ, Ephraim PL, Friedman M, Simpson KN, George SZ, Daley KN, Albert MC, Tamasy M, Cash J, Lake DS, Freburger JK, Greco CM, Hough LJ, Jeong JH, Khoja SS, Schneider MJ, Sowa GA, Spigle WA, Wasan AD, Adams WG, Lemaster CM, Mishuris RG, Plumb DL, Williams CT, Saper RB. Study protocol for targeted interventions to prevent chronic low back pain in high-risk patients: A multi-site pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial (TARGET Trial). Contemp Clin Trials. 2019 07; 82:66-76.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31136834
     
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Ayurveda
complementary alternative medicine
health disparities
integrative medicine
low back pain
yoga

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