Sanjay Saint


Chief of Medicine, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System; George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine

University of Michigan

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, is the Chief of Medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.

His research focuses on patient safety, implementation science, and medical decision-making. He has authored approximately 350 peer-reviewed papers with over 110 appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, or the Annals of Internal Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of 7 peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, is a Special Correspondent to the New England Journal of Medicine, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

He has written for The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and gave a 2016 TED talk on culture change in healthcare that has over 1 million views.  He has co-authored two books published by Oxford University Press:  “Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions” and “Teaching Inpatient Medicine: What Every Physician Needs to Know.” In 2017 he was awarded the HSR&D Health System Impact Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Distinguished Mentor Award from the University of Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research.  In 2016 he received the Mark Wolcott Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs as the National VA Physician of the Year and was elected as an international honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London).

He received his Medical Doctorate from UCLA, completed a medical residency and chief residency at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and obtained a Masters in Public Health (as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar) from the University of Washington in Seattle.  He has been a visiting professor at over 100 universities and hospitals in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has active research studies underway with investigators in Switzerland, Italy, Japan, and Thailand.