Kenneth G. Saag, MD, MSc


Kenneth G. Saag is the Jane Knight Lowe Professor of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology/Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and Professor of Epidemiology, at UAB School of Public Health. In addition, he is a board member of the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society.

He is the founding Director of the Deep South Musculoskeletal (DSM) Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) and Director of the AHRQ-supported UAB T32 in Health Services Research. Dr. Saag is also Director of the UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research (COERE), Director of the UAB Center of Research Translation (NIAMS P50) in Gout and Hyperuricemia, and Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (NIAMS P60).

Dr. Saag’s current research focuses on epidemiology and outcomes of osteoporosis and gout. He studies methods to translate evidence into practice and to design large practical trials for both arthritis and osteoporosis.

Dr. Saag is on the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Board of Directors, has been a leader in development of the 2008 and 2011 ACR Recommendations on the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, and is a member of the ACR Council on Healthcare Economics (CHEC). He received the ACR Rheumatology Research Foundation Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award in 2013. Dr. Saag also serves as Vice President on the Board of Trustees of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) and is a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Expert Panel, Osteoporosis Advisory Working Group.

Dr. Saag received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He also received a master’s of science in epidemiology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He completed his internal medicine residency at Northwestern University, Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, and a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.