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Physician, Healthcare Activist and Prominent HIV/AIDS Researcher

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Dr. Saag received a B.S. in chemistry with honors in 1977 Tulane University and earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville. During medical school, he served for three years on the Medical School Admissions Committee and received the Presley Martin Memorial Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. He completed his residency and infectious disease and molecular virology fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his fellowship training, Dr. Saag made seminal discoveries in the genetic evolution of HIV in vivo. He evaluated isolates of virus obtained from individual patients at different periods in time and cloned and molecularly characterized these isolates to determine the degree of diversity of co-existing viral variants and to describe their evolution over time (Nature, 1988).

While working with Dr. Dismukes, Dr. Saag designed and led a multi-center national AIDS clinical trial on the management of cryptococcal meningitis. This study included 194 patients and demonstrated the role of oral azole therapy in the treatment of this disorder in HIV-infected patients (NEJM, 1992). During the last 6 months of his fellowship, Dr. Saag conceived the concept of a comprehensive HIV outpatient (1917) clinic dedicated to the provision of comprehensive patient care in conjunction with the conduct of high quality clinic trials, basic science, and clinical outcomes research. Within the clinic structure, he established a clinical trials unit, a data management center, and a Clinical Specimen Repository designed to support the activities of the newly established Center for AIDS Research at UAB. In essence, the clinic became a “hub” for the clinical, basic science, and behavioral science investigators within the Center by creating a dynamic interface between the patients and the investigators.

Since the establishment of the clinic, Dr. Saag has participated in many studies of antiretroviral therapy as well as novel treatments for opportunistic infections. He has published over 260 articles in peer reviewed journals, including the first description of the use of viral load in clinical practice (Science, 1993), the first description of the rapid dynamics of viral replication (Nature, 1995), the first guidelines for use of viral load in practice (Nature Medicine, 1996), the first proof of concept of fusion inhibition as a therapeutic option (Nature Medicine, 1998), and directed the ‘first-in- patient’ studies of 7 of the 25 antiretroviral drugs currently on the market (including indinavir, efavirenz, abacavir, and enfuvirtide).

Dr. Saag has contributed over 50 chapters to medical textbooks, has served on the Editorial Board of AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, Co-Edited a textbook entitled AIDS Therapy (Churchill Livingston, now in its 3rd edition, and currently serves as an Editor of the Sanford Guide for Antimicrobial Agents and the Sanford HIV Guide. He recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (and as Chair of the Infectious Disease Subspecialty Board), has twice served as a member of the HIV Disease Committee of the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program for the American College of Physicians, and has served recently on the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council. Dr. Saag currently serves on the International AIDS Society-USA Board of Directors, is President-elect of the HIV Medical Association, as a member of the HHS Guidelines Panel on Antiretroviral Therapy, and on numerous state, local, and national committees. He was elected into the American Society of Clinical Investigation in 1997.

Among his other awards, Dr. Saag has received the Myrtle Wreath Award from Hadassah, was listed as one of the top ten cited HIV researchers by Science (1996), and has been listed as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1994. He received the Outstanding Medical Research Achievement Award from the AIDS Task Force of Alabama, an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, was named a “Health Care Hero” by the Birmingham Business Journal (2003), received a Service Award from the AIDS Survival Project in Atlanta (2003), was a 2004 honoree of the Birmingham Chapter of the National Conference on Community and Justice (NCCJ), a recipient of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Birmingham Award (2005), was a recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (The Arnold P. Gold Foundation), and was a recipient of the UAB Alumni Society Hettie Butler Terry Community Service Award (2007).

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Positive: One Doctor's Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System

Positive: One Doctor's Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System

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Michael Saag Biography

Dr. Saag received a B.S. in chemistry with honors in 1977 Tulane University and earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville. During medical school, he served for three years on the Medical School Admissions Committee and received the Presley Martin Memorial Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. He completed his residency and infectious disease and molecular virology fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his fellowship training, Dr. Saag made seminal discoveries in the genetic evolution of HIV in vivo. He evaluated isolates of virus obtained from individual patients at different periods in time and cloned and molecularly characterized these isolates to determine the degree of diversity of co-existing viral variants and to describe their evolution over time (Nature, 1988).

While working with Dr. Dismukes, Dr. Saag designed and led a multi-center national AIDS clinical trial on the management of cryptococcal meningitis. This study included 194 patients and demonstrated the role of oral azole therapy in the treatment of this disorder in HIV-infected patients (NEJM, 1992). During the last 6 months of his fellowship, Dr. Saag conceived the concept of a comprehensive HIV outpatient (1917) clinic dedicated to the provision of comprehensive patient care in conjunction with the conduct of high quality clinic trials, basic science, and clinical outcomes research. Within the clinic structure, he established a clinical trials unit, a data management center, and a Clinical Specimen Repository designed to support the activities of the newly established Center for AIDS Research at UAB. In essence, the clinic became a “hub” for the clinical, basic science, and behavioral science investigators within the Center by creating a dynamic interface between the patients and the investigators.

Since the establishment of the clinic, Dr. Saag has participated in many studies of antiretroviral therapy as well as novel treatments for opportunistic infections. He has published over 260 articles in peer reviewed journals, including the first description of the use of viral load in clinical practice (Science, 1993), the first description of the rapid dynamics of viral replication (Nature, 1995), the first guidelines for use of viral load in practice (Nature Medicine, 1996), the first proof of concept of fusion inhibition as a therapeutic option (Nature Medicine, 1998), and directed the ‘first-in- patient’ studies of 7 of the 25 antiretroviral drugs currently on the market (including indinavir, efavirenz, abacavir, and enfuvirtide).

Dr. Saag has contributed over 50 chapters to medical textbooks, has served on the Editorial Board of AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, Co-Edited a textbook entitled AIDS Therapy (Churchill Livingston, now in its 3rd edition, and currently serves as an Editor of the Sanford Guide for Antimicrobial Agents and the Sanford HIV Guide. He recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (and as Chair of the Infectious Disease Subspecialty Board), has twice served as a member of the HIV Disease Committee of the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program for the American College of Physicians, and has served recently on the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council. Dr. Saag currently serves on the International AIDS Society-USA Board of Directors, is President-elect of the HIV Medical Association, as a member of the HHS Guidelines Panel on Antiretroviral Therapy, and on numerous state, local, and national committees. He was elected into the American Society of Clinical Investigation in 1997.

Among his other awards, Dr. Saag has received the Myrtle Wreath Award from Hadassah, was listed as one of the top ten cited HIV researchers by Science (1996), and has been listed as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1994. He received the Outstanding Medical Research Achievement Award from the AIDS Task Force of Alabama, an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, was named a “Health Care Hero” by the Birmingham Business Journal (2003), received a Service Award from the AIDS Survival Project in Atlanta (2003), was a 2004 honoree of the Birmingham Chapter of the National Conference on Community and Justice (NCCJ), a recipient of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Birmingham Award (2005), was a recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (The Arnold P. Gold Foundation), and was a recipient of the UAB Alumni Society Hettie Butler Terry Community Service Award (2007).

Michael Saag Videos

  • Our healthcare system breeds deadly chaos | Mike Saag ...
  • Our healthcare system doesn't promote healthcare | Mike Saag ...
  • UAB's Michael Saag releases his first book "Positive" - YouTube

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michael Saag for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Michael Saag, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michael Saag or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Michael Saag?

    Booking fees for Michael Saag, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael Saag, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michael Saag?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Saag for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Saag for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael Saag or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael Saag or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michael Saag is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Saag for your event is available upon request. Michael Saag generally travels from Birmingham, AL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Louis W. Sullivan, John Mattison, Jason Goldwater, Dr. Delaney Ruston and Dr. Thomas Lee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Saag for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Our healthcare system breeds deadly chaos | Mike Saag ...
    Our healthcare system doesn't promote healthcare | Mike Saag ...
  • UAB's Michael Saag releases his first book "Positive" - YouTube

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