Editor Profile

Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Associate Editor

About the NEJM Physician’s First Watch Board

Dr. Saitz is a primary care clinician, educator, and researcher who trained at the former Boston City Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. A board-certified internist, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and Director of the CARE Unit at Boston Medical Center, he conducts studies of alcohol- and drug-related problems, supported by the NIH. He is Past President of the Association for Medical Education and Research on Substance Abuse and Co-Chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine's Substance Abuse Interest Group. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, is editor of a leading addiction medicine textbook, is certified in addiction medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Saitz wrote for what is now NEJM Journal Watch General Medicine for 13 years and was its Deputy Editor from 2001 to 2010; he is currently editor of the journal Evidence-Based Medicine.


Grant / Research support
Burroughs Wellcome Fund; National Institutes of Health
Editorial boards

Alcohol, Other Drugs and Health: Current Evidence (Editor); Journal of Addiction Medicine (Senior Editor); Journal of Addictive Diseases; Journal of General Internal Medicine; Substance Abuse; Treatment Practitioner Bulletin; Addiction Science and Clinical Practice; Evidence-Based Medicine (Editor); UpToDate (Section Editor); Principles of Addiction Medicine (Co-Editor)

Leadership positions in professional societies
International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (Board Member); International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Coordinating Committee Member)

Summaries by Richard Saitz