Dr. Richard Saitz, chairman of the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) Community Health Sciences Department, has been named the senior editor of the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
Dr. Saitz, a general internist and primary care physician who is also a professor of medicine at the BU School of Medicine, will assume the leadership position January 1, 2015 when the current senior editor, researcher Dr. George Koob, steps down. Dr. Saitz will join current journal co-editors Drs. Shannon Miller, Martha Wunsch, and Frank Vocci.
“As a general medicine internist with leadership and expertise in addiction medicine, Dr. Saitz will tactically position ASAM’s journal amidst the Affordable Care Act, the patient-centered medical home, addiction parity, and the new national recognition of the importance of placing addiction medicine central to primary care,” said Dr. Lori D. Karan, treasurer and publications council chair for ASAM, who led the recruitment.