Adam K Saperstein


Captain, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Family Medicine
Vice Chair for Education, Dept. of Family Medicine
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Medical Humanities
Cardiac Screening, Interprofessional Education
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2007-2008: Faculty Development Fellowship, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC.
2000-2003: Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency, Naval Hospital Bremerton, Bremerton, WA.
1996-2000: Doctor of Medicine (MD), Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
1992-1996: Bachelor of Science (BS), Oceanography (Honors Track), United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.


Dr. Saperstein serves as an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Family Medicine at the F Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University. His research interests include cardiac screening, the impact of medical humanities on patient outcomes and provider resilience, and innovative curricular design.

Dr. Saperstein was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, California, and Spain. Although not part of a military family when a child, the frequent moves seemed to suit him, and contributed to his joining the Navy “to see the world” at 17. Dr. Saperstein is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, Tulane University Medical School, Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency at Naval Hospital, Bremerton, and the Faculty Development Fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill. His prior tours have included serving at Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan; Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL; Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait; Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy; Naval Health Clinic, Iwakuni, Japan (SMO); and NMRTC Annapolis, in support of The United States Naval Academy as the Brigade Medical Officer.

Dr. Saperstein was stationed at USU from 2012-2017 and returned to USU in the summer of 2023. During his first tour at USU, he was the co-Director of the Wounded Warrior Partnership, Faculty Lead and co-Founder of the Apollo Society (a group dedicated to sharing the arts in the healthcare community), co-Founder of Progress Notes, and Director of Reflective Practice. His interests include hitting the pitch for a game of fútbol, live theater, and reading fiction.

Research Interests: Use of Innovative Technology as Educational Tools, Reflective Practice, Mentorship

Representative Bibliography

Andronescu LR, Richard SA, Laing ED, Pisanic N, Coggins SA, Magdielis GR, Kruczynski K, Saperstein AK, Modi J, Fraser JA, Shaikh S, Broder CC, Burgess TH, Heaney CD, Pollett SD, Millar EV, Coles CL, Simons MP. Evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 Saliva and Dried Blood Spot Surveillance Strategies in a Congregate Population. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2023;29(9);1925-1928.

Millar EV, Rossi SP, Pollett S, Saperstein AK, Burgess TH, Modi J. Impact of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions During the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medically Attended Acute Respiratory Infection: The U.S. Naval Academy Experience. Military Medicine. 2021; 00(1).

Saperstein AK. Unwinnable Hands. Family Medicine. 2017;49(1):64-5

Saperstein AK, Lennon RP, Olsen C, Womble L, Saguil A. Information Retention among Attendees at a Traditional Poster Presentation Session. Acta Medica Academica. 2016;45(2):180-181.

D’Angelo MR, Saperstein AK, Seibert DC, Durning SJ, Varpio L. Military Interprofessional Health Care Teams: How USU Is Working to Harness the Power of Collaboration. Military Medicine. 2016;181:1404-1406.

Saperstein AK, Bader KS. Reflective Practice Curricula: Implementation and Facilitation. STFM Messenger ( June 2016.

Saperstein AK, Lilje T, Seibert D. A model for teaching reflective practice. Military Medicine. 2015;180(4 Suppl):142-146.

Saperstein AK, Ledford CJ, Servey J, Cafferty LA, McClintick SH, Bernstein E. Microblog use and student engagement in the large-classroom setting. Family Medicine. 2015;47(3):204-209.

Ledford CJW, Saperstein AK, Cafferty LA, McClintick SH, Bernstein EM. Any questions? An application of Weick's model of organizing to increase student involvement in the large-lecture classroom. Communication Teacher. 2015;29(2):116-128.

Saperstein AK, Viera AJ, Firnhaber GC. Mentorship and job satisfaction among Navy family physicians. Military medicine. 2012;177(8):883-888.