Dr. Kenneth G. Saag, author at MedCity News
Kenneth G. Saag, MD, MSc is a Professor of Medicine and the Jane Knight Lowe Endowed Chair in the Division and Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He became director of the division of clinical immunology and rheumatology in July 2020. His research focuses on the comparative efficacy and safety of therapeutics as well as methods to improve the quality of care in gout and osteoporosis. . He is Vice President of Outcomes and Efficacy Research and is also Director of the UAB Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone, and Autoimmunity Center. He has been a practicing physician at UAB Medicine and a researcher at the UAB School of Medicine since 1998.
Dr. Saag is president of the American College of Rheumatology and he is a past Chairman of the Board of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the only rheumatologist to hold this position. He served UAB as director of the Center for Outcomes, Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE) from 2009 to 2020. He also directs the Center of Research Translation (CoRT) in Gout and Hyperuricemia, an NIH-supported program during almost a decade. He also founded and directed the UAB AHRQ-funded Musculoskeletal Disorders Education and Research Center.
Trained as an engineer at the University of Michigan, he received his MD from Northwestern University and an M.Sc. in epidemiology from the University of Iowa. As a resident physician at Evanston Hospital, he was recognized as Outstanding Trainee of the Year and Chief Resident. He completed his fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Iowa. He was an assistant professor at the University of Iowa under Francois Abboud before joining our department under Bill Koopman as chair and Bob Kimberly as division director.