Dr. Saag is a native of Chicago, following studies in engineering at the University of Michigan, he returned to Chicago for medical school and Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at Northwestern University. He then traveled to the University of Iowa for his rheumatology and epidemiology training and remained on the faculty there until moving to UAB in 1998.
Dr. Saag is the Vice-Chair for the UAB Department of Medicine. He is the principal investigator (PI) of AHRQ funded T32 in Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research, the AHRQ funded K12 in Patient Centered Outcomes Research and the NIH funded TL1 and KL2 connected to the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).
Dr. Saag is also the Director of the NIAMS UAB CORT in Gout and Hyperuricemia, the founding Director of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Deep South Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, and the UAB Outcomes Research Center. He’s published over 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts; authored over 100 reviews, editorials, and book chapters. He recently published the second edition of the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis.
Dr. Saag is Secretary of the American College of Rheumatology and is a co-developer of the 2008 and 2011 ACR Recommendations on the Treatment of RA. He’s the Immediate Past President of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the first rheumatologist to hold this position.