Richard Saitz, MD

Professor, Community Health Sciences
Richard Saitz
Crosstown Center – CT433
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Dr. Richard Saitz is a general internist and primary care physician, 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 is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is certified by the American Boards of Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He is currently also Chair of the treatment and services review committee for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Editor of Evidence-Based Medicine and Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, Section Editor and sole author of key chapters in UpToDate on unhealthy alcohol and other drug use, Editor of a leading textbook Principles of Addiction Medicine, and author of over 160 peer-reviewed publications. He was Director of Boston Medical Center’s Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, a leading center of excellence contributing to BU’s high ranking for training in drug and alcohol disorders, for over a decade, and he continues as an active member. His experience includes being Chairman of an Institutional Review Board, Associate Director of Clinical research for the BU Medical Campus, past President of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, membership on the steering committee of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and coordinating committee member for the International Network for Brief Intervention for Alcohol and other drug problems. His primary areas of expertise and research, supported by NIH, RWJF, and SAMHSA, are screening and brief intervention for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use, integrating substance-related and general health care, such as chronic disease and care management, and improving the quality of care for people with addictions across the spectrum of use, particularly in general medical care settings. Among awards received are the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, the 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 (American Society of Addiction Medicine), and the Research Society on Alcoholism Distinguished Scientist Award, 2012.

Other Positions

  • Chair, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Active Staff Privileges, Medicine, Boston Medical Center


  • Boston University, BA
  • Boston University School of Medicine, MD
  • Harvard University, MPH

Classes Taught

  • SPHSB785
  • SPHSB785


  • Published on 11/25/2016

    Kim TW, Bernstein J, Cheng DM, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Samet JH, Palfai TP, Saitz R. Receipt of Addiction Treatment as a Consequence of a Brief Intervention for Drug Use in Primary Care: A Randomized Trial. Addiction. 2016 Nov 25. PMID: 27886657.

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  • Published on 9/22/2016

    Williams EC, Hahn JA, Saitz R, Bryant K, Lira MC, Samet JH. Alcohol Use and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Current Knowledge, Implications, and Future Directions. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2016 Oct; 40(10):2056-2072. PMID: 27696523.

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  • Published on 9/12/2016

    Xuan Z, Naimi TS, Kaplan MS, Bagge CL, Few LR, Maisto S, Saitz R, Freeman R. Alcohol Policies and Suicide: A Review of the Literature. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2016 Oct; 40(10):2043-2055. PMID: 27618526.

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  • Published on 8/3/2016

    Walter AW, Cheng DM, Lloyd-Travaglini CA, Samet JH, Bernstein J, Saitz R. Are decreases in drug use risk associated with reductions in HIV sex risk behaviors among adults in an urban hospital primary care setting? Prev Med Rep. 2016 Dec; 4:410-6. PMID: 27570734.

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  • Published on 8/2/2016

    Maynié-François C, Cheng DM, Samet JH, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Palfai T, Bernstein J, Saitz R. Unhealthy alcohol use in primary care patients who screen positive for drug use. Subst Abus. 2016 Aug 02; 1-6. PMID: 27482999.

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  • Published on 7/5/2016

    Saitz R, Naimi T. Moderate Alcohol Intake and Cardiometabolic Risk in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Jul 5; 165(1):67. PMID: 27380288.

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  • Published on 6/8/2016

    Kharasch SJ, McBride DR, Saitz R, Myers WP. Drinking to toxicity: college students referred for emergency medical evaluation. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2016; 11(1):11. PMID: 27277284.

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  • Published on 5/1/2016

    Saitz R. Editor's Note: Congratulations to the 2016 Author and Reviewer Award Winners. J Addict Med. 2016 May-Jun; 10(3):139. PMID: 27223832.

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  • Published on 5/1/2016

    Saitz R. Editor's response to Newman and Gevertz "Stigmatizing and Misleading Terminology-More". J Addict Med. 2016 May-Jun; 10(3):208-9. PMID: 27223835.

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  • Published on 4/19/2016

    Park TW, Saitz R, Nelson KP, Xuan Z, Liebschutz JM, Lasser KE. The association between benzodiazepine prescription and aberrant drug-related behaviors in primary care patients receiving opioids for chronic pain. Subst Abus. 2016 Oct-Dec; 37(4):516-520. PMID: 27092738.

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