Lewis E. Kazis, S.D.

Professor, Health Policy & Management
Lewis Kazis
(617) 414-1418lek@bu.edu
Talbot – T349W
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Dr. Kazis is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for the Assessment of Pharmaceutical Practices (CAPP) at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is also Director of the Pharmaceutical Research Program at the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research at the Bedford VA Medical Center. He received his doctoral degree from Harvard University School of Public Health in 1980. Dr. Kazis joined the Veterans Health Administration in 1992 where he was recipient of the prestigious Research Career Scientist Award from the VA for almost a decade. Dr. Kazis has also been a special consultant to the Office of Quality and Performance in the VA where he was previously director of Functional Status for the Veterans Health Administration and principal investigator of the well known Veterans Health Study. He is the developer of the Veterans RAND 36 and 12 item health surveys (VR-36 and VR-12), formerly called the Veterans SF-36 and SF-12 (SF-36V and SF-12V) and developed from the MOS SF-36. From 1996 to 2007, close to four million administrations of these surveys has occurred both inside and outside the VA for purposes of monitoring patient outcomes of care. The VR-12 has now been adopted by the Veterans Health Administration for quality improvement purposes and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS) as part of its’ national Health Outcomes Survey (HOS) for evaluating the Medicare Advantage Program. The VR-12 was included in 2006 as one of the HEDIS measures by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  Dr. Kazis’ research team was the recipient of the esteemed Peter Reizenstein Prize for the best paper published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care in 2006.

Other Positions:

  • Associate Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Research Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Brandeis University, AB
  • Harvard University, ScM
  • Harvard University, ScD

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM802
  • SPHPM811
  • SPHPM931
  • SPHPM932


  • Published on 7/16/2015

    Schalet BD, Rothrock NE, Hays RD, Kazis LE, Cook KF, Rutsohn JP, Cella D. Linking Physical and Mental Health Summary Scores from the Veterans RAND 12-Item Health Survey (VR-12) to the PROMIS(®) Global Health Scale. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Oct; 30(10):1524-30.

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  • Published on 6/19/2015

    Gunn CM, Soley-Bori M, Battaglia TA, Cabral H, Kazis L. Shared Decision Making and the Use of Screening Mammography in Women Younger Than 50 Years of Age. J Health Commun. 2015 Sep; 20(9):1060-6.

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  • Published on 5/19/2015

    Gerrard P, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Shie VL, Holavanahalli R, Lee A, Jette A, Fauerbach JA, Esselman P, Herndon D, Schneider JC. Validation of the Community Integration Questionnaire in the adult burn injury population. Qual Life Res. 2015 Nov; 24(11):2651-5.

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  • Published on 5/9/2015

    Shih SL, Gerrard P, Goldstein R, Mix J, Ryan CM, Niewczyk P, Kazis L, Hefner J, Ackerly DC, Zafonte R, Schneider JC. Functional Status Outperforms Comorbidities in Predicting Acute Care Readmissions in Medically Complex Patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Nov; 30(11):1688-95.

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  • Published on 4/10/2015

    Sico JJ, Chang CC, So-Armah K, Justice AC, Hylek E, Skanderson M, McGinnis K, Kuller LH, Kraemer KL, Rimland D, Bidwell Goetz M, Butt AA, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Gibert C, Leaf D, Brown ST, Samet J, Kazis L, Bryant K, Freiberg MS. HIV status and the risk of ischemic stroke among men. Neurology. 2015 May 12; 84(19):1933-40.

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  • Published on 4/1/2015

    Gerrard P, Goldstein R, DiVita MA, Slocum C, Ryan CM, Mix J, Niewczyk P, Kazis L, Zafonte R, Schneider JC. Functional status and readmissions in unilateral hip fractures. Am J Manag Care. 2015; 21(4):e282-7.

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  • Published on 3/3/2015

    Xu P, Burgess JF, Cabral H, Soria-Saucedo R, Kazis LE. Relationships Between Medicare Advantage Contract Characteristics and Quality-of-Care Ratings: An Observational Analysis of Medicare Advantage Star Ratings. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Mar 3; 162(5):353-8.

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  • Published on 2/18/2015

    Soley-Bori M, Soria-Saucedo R, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Haynes AB, Gerrard P, Cabral HJ, Lillemoe KD, Kazis LE. Functional Status and Hospital Readmissions Using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jul; 30(7):965-72.

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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    Reddy SM, Ramachandran A, Cabral H, Kazis L. Provision of family planning to women with cardiovascular risk factors. J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Jan-Feb; 28(1):105-14.

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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    Ryan CM, Lee A, Kazis LE, Schneider JC, Shapiro GD, Sheridan RL, Meyer WJ, Palmieri T, Pidcock FS, Reilly D, Tompkins RG. Recovery trajectories after burn injury in young adults: does burn size matter? J Burn Care Res. 2015 Jan-Feb; 36(1):118-29.

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