About Dr. Sayers

Dr. Sayers is a lifelong Austinite.  He attended Austin High and U.T. Austin before attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas.  He went on to do an Internal Medicine residency at University of New Mexico Affiliated Hospitals in Albuquerque.  Two things there influenced his decision to go into subspecialty training in Rheumatology.  First, the head of the Internal Medicine department was Dr. Ralph Williams, one of the most well-respected rheumatologists of his era, who took a special interest in Dr. Sayers.  Also, during this time, Dr. Sayers' grandmother, with whom he spent much of his childhood, contracted a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis.  In the early 80's, treatment options for severe RA were somewhat limited and more toxic than today's treatments and she passed away while Dr. Sayers was still in training. Upon completing his Internal Medicine training, he was accepted for a two-year Rheumatology fellowship at the U.T. Health Science Center in San Antonio.

After training and  board certification in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, Dr. Sayers returned to Austin.  He practiced briefly with the Austin Diagnostic Clinic, but wanted a smaller, more personal practice setting for his patients and soon established his own private practice and has practiced in this patient-centered atmosphere ever since.

Dr. Sayers is a 2011 graduate of The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, receiving a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry.  His ministries since graduation have included Ministry of Challenge, a faith-based, residential drug and alcohol rehab program for indigent and homeless men in east Austin, and Texas Reach Out's Matthew House, a faith-based transitional house for recently incarcerated men who are trying to rebuild their lives upon release into society.

Dr. Sayers has been involved in organized medicine in Austin for many years, serving in many leadership positions, including Travis County Medical Society President.  During his time with TCMS, he has made the focus of his work enhancing the availability of medical care for indigent residents of Travis County.  Among his volunteer activities, he serves as a volunteer physician at Volunteer HealthCare Clinic, a non-profit that primarily serves undocumented immigrates, most of whom have no access to healthcare through the current safety net system in Travis County.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of Project Access, a project of the Travis County Medical Society Foundation that provides free medical care to the working poor.  

Dr. Sayers has been deeply involved in projects related to physician health.  He serves as chair of the TCMS Physician Health and Rehabilitation Committee and is the founding chair of the TCMS Physician Wellness Program (PWP).  PWP provides anonymous counseling for physicians in need, along with a variety of educational and self-help programs to promote physician well being and enhance patient care quality and safety.

In 2017, Dr. Sayers was awarded the Gold-Headed Cane/Physician of the Year award by the 4000 member Travis County Medical Society. 

Dr. Sayers and his childhood sweetheart and wife Maryann, have three children, four grandchildren and live in central Austin where, in addition to time with his family and volunteer activities, he enjoys running on the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike trail, cheering on the Longhorns, and an occasional, ill-fated attempt at golf.

Of his work he notes, "I enjoy the daily intellectual challenges and problem solving that a rheumatology practice provides, but at this point in my career, far and away what I enjoy most is my patients.  Some of them have been with me since the beginning of my practice in the 80's, many others for well over a decade. Many of them are just like family to me.  I take my responsibilities as their physician very seriously.  Medicine in this current environment provides many challenges and obstacles for patients. Likewise, maintaining a strong and viable small practice is very difficult these days- current administrative requirements and regulations stretch a small practice's resources to the limit, but I am committed to offering a small practice alternative to my patients, with care as attentive, personalized and cutting edge as I can possibly provide."


Curriculum Vitae

Address

1301 West 38th Street, Suite 110
Austin, Texas 78705
Telephone: (512) 454-3631
Fax: (512) 452-0853


Education

Undergraduate:

  • University of Texas at Austin

Graduate:

  • Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Master of Arts Pastoral Ministry,  2011

Medical:

  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine:

  • University of New Mexico Affiliated Hospitals

Fellowship in Rheumatology/Clinical Immunology:

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Medical License

  • Texas, 1984. License number G0064

Practice Experience

  • Austin Diagnostic Clinic, August 1986-December 1987
  • Solo Practice, January 1988- December 1999
  • Partner, Austin Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Associates, LLP, January 2000-2006.
  • Austin Rheumatology Research, P.A., 2002-2016
  • Solo Practice, 2007-Current.

Academic Appointment

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, 1986-1999.

Medical Staff Appointments       

Current:

  • Chief, Rheumatology Section, Seton Family of Hospitals, 1992-present

Past:

  • Brackenridge Hospital Ambulatory/Quality Care Committee, Brackenridge Hospital
  • Medicine/Ambulatory Quality Improvement Council, Seton Medical Center/Brackenridge Hospital
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Seton Medical Center
  • Brackenridge Hospital Joint Practice Committee Chief, Brackenridge Hospital

Professional Organizations

  • Travis County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • Central Texas Rheumatology Society, President and Co-Founder

Professional Organization Committee Appointments

Travis County Medical Society:

  • President, 2011
  • Secretary-Treasurer, 2008-2009
  • Executive Committee, 2004- 2012
  • Chair, Physician Health and Rehabilitation Committee, 2015- present.
  • Chair, Physician Wellness Steering Committee, 2016- present.
  • Indigent Care Task Force, Chairman, 2010-2012.
  • Board of Ethics 2003-2005
  • Chairman, 2004-2005
  • Mediation Committee, 1999- 2002
  • Chairman, 2002
  • Committee on Geriatrics, 1996-1999

Travis County Medical Society Foundation:

  • President, 2012
  • Board of Trustees, 2004- 2012

The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas:

  • Board of Trustees, 2008-2012

Practice Related Volunteer and Community Service Organizations

  • Volunteer HealthCare Clinic, Volunteer Physician, 1997- present.
  • Seton Cove, Board of Directors, 2011-2013
  • Project Access, Board of Directors, 2011- current
  • Ministry of Challenge- weekly group meeting facilitator/volunteer.
  • Texas Reach Out/ Matthew House- weekly group meeting facilitator/volunteer.
  • St. Luke's Society, Physician Volunteer.
  • Capital Area Branch, Arthritis Foundation, Board of Directors, President (1990), Distinguished Public Service Award.

Awards

  • Travis County Medical Society Physician of the Year, 2017.

Medical Publications

  • Sayers, Brian S., “Clinical Aspects of Sjogren’s Syndrome,” Audio Digest Otolaryngology, 20(16), August 27, 1987.
  • Talal, N., Sayers, B., et. al., “Two Patients Illustrating Lymphoma Transition and Response to Therapy in Sjogren’s Syndrome,” Journal of Autoimmunity, 1(1), pp. 171-184, 1988.
  • Sayers, Brian, “Does Explantation Improve Symptoms in Women with Silicone Breast Implants?” (abstract), Arthritis and Rheumatism, 38(6), p. RR17,1995.
  • Sayers, Brian S., “Macrocytosis is not a predictor of Toxicity in Patients Treated for Rheumatoid Arthritis with Methotrexate,” (abstract), Arthritis and Rheumatism, 39(6), Supplement, p. R11, 1996.
  • Sayers, Brian S., “Chronic Amitriptyline Use Causes Weight Gain in Patients with Fibromyalgia,” (abstract), Arthritis and Rheumatism, 39(9), p. S92,1996.
  • Sayers, B., A Stonecutter’s Story. TCMS Journal, 57(1):6-8, 2011.
  • Sayers, B., Covenant. TCMS Journal, 57(2):6-8, 2011.
  • Sayers, B., Indigent Care in Travis County: Seeing the Need – Navigating the Maze.TCMS Journal, 57(2):14-16.
  • Sayers, B., Amaryllis in a Box. TCMS Journal 57(3):6-8, 2011.
  • Sayers, B., Blank Pages. TCMS Journal 57(4):6-8, 2011.
  • Sayers, B., The World’s Tiniest Violin Playing the World’s Saddest Song. TCMS Journal, 57(5):6-8, 2011.
  • Sayers, B., Report on Access to Specialty Care for Indigent Patients. TCMS Journal, 57(6):16-27, 2011.
  • Sayers, B., Harvest. TCMS Journal 57(6):6-8, 2011.
  • Sayers, B., Physician Wellness Program:  Keeping the Flame Alive, TCMS Journal, 63(5), 14-15, 2017.