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 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 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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  • Published on 10/1/2014

    Cooper AL, Dore DD, Kazis LE, Mor V, Trivedi AN. Predictors of high-risk prescribing among elderly Medicare Advantage beneficiaries. Am J Manag Care. 2014; 20(10):e469-78.

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  • Published on 3/1/2014

    Sheridan RL, Stoddard FJ, Kazis LE, Lee A, Li NC, Kagan RJ, Palmieri TL, Meyer WJ, Nicolai M, Stubbs TK, Chan G, Hinson MI, Herndon DN, Tompkins RG. Long-term posttraumatic stress symptoms vary inversely with early opiate dosing in children recovering from serious burns: effects durable at 4 years. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Mar; 76(3):828-32.

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  • Published on 12/7/2013

    Goldberg J, Magruder KM, Forsberg CW, Kazis LE, Ustün TB, Friedman MJ, Litz BT, Vaccarino V, Heagerty PJ, Gleason TC, Huang GD, Smith NL. The association of PTSD with physical and mental health functioning and disability (VA Cooperative Study #569: the course and consequences of posttraumatic stress disorder in Vietnam-era veteran twins). Qual Life Res. 2014 Jun; 23(5):1579-91.

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  • Published on 11/1/2013

    Keith McInnes D, Shimada SL, Rao SR, Quill A, Duggal M, Gifford AL, Brandt CA, Houston TK, Ohl ME, Gordon KS, Mattocks KM, Kazis LE, Justice AC. Personal health record use and its association with antiretroviral adherence: survey and medical record data from 1871 US veterans infected with HIV. AIDS Behav. 2013 Nov; 17(9):3091-100.

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  • Published on 10/1/2013

    Cooper AL, Kazis LE, Dore DD, Mor V, Trivedi AN. Underreporting high-risk prescribing among Medicare Advantage plans: a cross-sectional analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Oct 1; 159(7):456-62.

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