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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Society of Internal Medicine Awards BU Professor Top Research Paper Honors

Dr. Richard Saitz, professor and chair of the department of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), has won the top published research paper award from the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM).

Dr. Saitz was lead author on a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association that cast doubts on the effectiveness of brief doctor’s–office interventions in stemming unhealthy drug use among patients. The paper noted that while the practice of screenings and interventions has received substantial support, there has been little analysis of its efficacy. He will be formally recognized at the 2015 SGIM Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, on April 25.

The study reflects Dr. Saitz’s primary areas of expertise and research, which include unhealthy alcohol and drug use, integrating substance-related and general health care, and improving the quality of care for people with addictions across the spectrum of use, particularly in general medical care settings.

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