With great sorrow, NIAAA mourns the passing of Dr. Richard Saitz, an internationally respected leader in alcohol and drug addiction research. He was a long-term recipient of grants funded by the National Institutes of Health with research focusing on screening and brief interventions, integrating substance-related and general health care, and improving the quality of care, particularly in general health settings. He validated single-item screening questions recommended by the NIAAA and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

You can view the statement from Boston University School of Medicine for more details about Dr. Saitz’s life and scientific accomplishments.