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Faculty & Staff Honors

BU Professor Joins JAMA Editorial Staff

Dr. Richard Saitz, professor and chair of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, joined the editorial staff of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on January 1 as an associate editor.

A researcher and physician with faculty appointments at BU and the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Saitz brings expertise in public health, internal medicine, and addiction medicine to the journal.

Dr. Saitz also serves as senior editor of Journal of Addiction Medicine, co-editor of the addiction textbook The American Society of Addiction Medicine Principles of Addiction Medicine, and section editor of the medicine textbook UpToDate, as well as lending editorial support to a handful of other publications.

“The way that we talk about health issues is related to the kinds of policies and practices that get put in place in terms of public health, and also to the clinical care that people receive,” he says. Substance use and addiction are often seen as moral failings rather than as health conditions, he says, and language reinforcing that idea—“abuser,” “addict”—can negatively affect care and policy at every level.

“The language that we use makes a difference,” Dr. Saitz says.

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