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Positive traces the life of Michael S. Saag, MD, an internationally known expert on the virus that causes AIDS. But this book is more than a memoir: Through his story, Dr. Saag also shines a light on the dysfunctional US healthcare system, proposing optimistic yet realistic remedies drawn from his distinguished career.

DR. MICHAEL SAAG completed his medicine residency and fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While there, he made early discoveries in the genetic evolution of HIV in patients. During the last six months of his fellowship, Dr. Saag conceived the concept of an HIV outpatient clinic dedicated to the provision of comprehensive patient care in conjunction with research and high-quality clinic trials.


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 320 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed over fifty chapters to medical textbooks. He has served on the editorial board of the journal AIDS and the Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy and has served on the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine.


Among many 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 Hettie Butler Terry Community Service Award, received 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), and received the 2010 President’s Medal from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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"I'm so glad I read it and so glad Micael Saag  wrote it. I learned so much, I laughed, I cried and I loved hearing Dr. Saag’s voice in my head as I read the stories that he told. As the movie critics say, "A Triumph!"

-Cindy May

We loved the personal story so well intertwined with pragmatic observations about healthcare today.  Of course, I loved Dr. Saag’s analysis and future hope for medical care in the US.  I have already told others about it in KP. Thanks so much for doing this book.  It's great.

- Michael A. Horberg, MD, MAS, FACP, FIDSA

I've been losing sleep, and waking up in the middle of the night to get some more time to read Dr. Saag’s terrific book POSITIVE!!!   It was worth the loss of sleep!!! At various moments my husband asked me what I was laughing about, then at another moment he asked, “Are you crying? What’s happening?” Definitely, a must-read.. !!

- Susan Callen, LCSW, LMFT

POSITIVE is a really wonderful book --- wonderful to read and thoughtful and thought-provoking re the US healthcare system. The chuckles are just fun and the tears are soul wrenching.  My, they are powerful!! I literally could not put it down once I read the first few pages.

- Garry Crane

 I read POSITIVE after getting home from my son's jazz performance.....stayed up till 04:30 which in hindsight might not have been the best plan....finished it this evening.

Enjoyed it a lot...cried a bunch.

Thanks for writing it...

-Kevin Carmichael

I finished reading Positive this weekend / What a masterpiece! It is intelligent, compassionate, insightful, poignant, funny, and serious (and there are so many more words I could use.) There was also much to learn at so many levels. I hope the book will go viral...!


-Lisa Engel

 I just finished reading POSITIVE.  It was touching, frustrating, exciting, sad, and still hopeful.  I hope the book gets a lot of attention  I’m recommending it to everyone, telling them it’s chatty (a.k.a., easy and interesting to read)!

- Melanie Bacon, Bethesda, MD.

I wanted to thank you for the years of work and sacrifices you have made for patients, the clinic, and the field of HIV today.  I also want to thank you for taking the time and energy to write this book. It is AMAZING!!  I laughed, I cried, I got buggy eyed when things blew my mind. It was a full gamut of emotions.  I could not put it down!

-Heather Coley Chahine, MPH


I just finished reading


 about five minutes ago. The book is remarkable, an engrossing blend of heart, erudition, political insight, and fine writing.  Most important,


 needs to be read


.  I’ll be plugging it on Facebook for my friends to read as soon as it hits the marketplace.Thank you for making the time to write POSITIVE --- E. Robert Jacobsen"

I finished the book this morning.  I'll be buying copies for family members…  Of all the literature I've read about the epidemic, POSITIVE explains what it feels like to be in the middle of it with the most clarity.  It was not easy emotionally to read some of the personal stories.  I'm sure it must have been even harder to write them.  I'm glad Dr. Saag did.

- Harry Wingfield

I wanted to write you and tell you how much I enjoyed reading POSITIVE. It will now stand with a few other experiences during my medical training when I was exposed to the unfiltered passion of patient care that always reminds me why I do this job.

Thanks again,


-Chris Roth, Chief Resident in Medicine, UAB

POSITIVE is not only Mike Saag’s "anthology" of the art of medicine he has both practiced and authored over the many years as an Infectious Disease doctor in Birmingham, Alabama, but is also true to his voice as someone who genuinely cares about those around him, especially his patients.  POSITIVE will get you to care too - what you do with that is the next step.


-David Nefouse


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