Editor Profile

Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM

Associate Editor

About the NEJM Journal 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 Journal Watch 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, Department of Veteran Affairs
Editorial boards
Alcohol, Other Drugs and Health: Current Evidence; Alcohol Research & Health; Journal of Addiction Medicine; Journal of Addictive Diseases; Journal of General Internal Medicine; Substance Abuse; Treatment Practitioner Bulletin
Leadership positions in professional societies
Association for Medical Education and Research on Substance Abuse (Immediate Past President)

Summaries by Richard Saitz