Lewis E. Kazis, ScD.

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Lewis Kazis
(617) 414-1418lek@bu.edu
Talbot – W345
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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


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM802
  • SPHPM931


  • Published on 6/13/2017

    Soley-Bori M, Soria-Saucedo R, Youn B, Haynes AB, Macht R, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Kazis LE. Region and Insurance Plan Type Influence Discharge Disposition After Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Evidence From the Privately Insured US Population. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Jun 13. PMID: 28712798.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Johnson KL, Lin MY, Cabral H, Kazis LE, Katz IT. Variation in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Uptake and Acceptability Between Female and Male Adolescents and Their Caregivers. J Community Health. 2017 Jun; 42(3):522-532. PMID: 27778139.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Ameli O, Soria-Saucedo R, Smith EG, Cabral HJ, Soley-Bori M, Kazis LE. Associations Between Medication Class and Subsequent Augmentation of Depression Treatment in Privately Insured US Adults. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2017 Jun; 37(3):323-331. PMID: 28338544.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Griggs CL, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Patient-reported Outcome Measures: A Stethoscope for the Patient History. Ann Surg. 2017 Jun; 265(6):1066-1067. PMID: 28134680.

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  • Published on 5/10/2017

    Kazis LE, Marino M, Ni P, Soley Bori M, Amaya F, Dore E, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Shie V, Acton A, Jette AM. Development of the life impact burn recovery evaluation (LIBRE) profile: assessing burn survivors' social participation. Qual Life Res. 2017 May 10. PMID: 28493205.

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  • Published on 5/4/2017

    Kaat AJ, Chen L, Kazis LE, Lee AF, Shapiro GD, Sheridan RL, Ryan CM, Schneider JC. Building Bridges Using the Shriners Hospitals for Children/American Burn Association Burn Outcome Questionnaires to Follow Teenagers and Young Adults Across the Age Spans. J Burn Care Res. 2017 May 04. PMID: 28481758.

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  • Published on 5/4/2017

    Schneider JC, Chen L, Simko LC, Warren KN, Nguyen BP, Thorpe CR, Jeng JC, Hickerson WL, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Challenges to the Standardization of Burn Data Collection: A Call for Common Data Elements for Burn Care. J Burn Care Res. 2017 May 04. PMID: 28481759.

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  • Published on 4/3/2017

    Semla TP, Lee A, Gurrera R, Bajor L, Li M, Miller DR, Smith EG, Wang C, Wan Y, Kazis LE, Bauer MS. Off-Label Prescribing of Second-Generation Antipsychotics to Elderly Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Aug; 65(8):1789-1795. PMID: 28369688.

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  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Lee AF, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Li NC, Rose M, Liang MH, Wang C, Palmieri T, Meyer WJ, Pidcock FS, Reilly D, Sheridan RL, Tompkins RG. Quantifying Risk Factors for Long-Term Sleep Problems After Burn Injury in Young Adults. J Burn Care Res. 2017 Mar/Apr; 38(2):e510-e520. PMID: 27003738.

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  • Published on 1/2/2017

    Macht R, Cassidy R, Cabral H, Kazis LE, Ghaferi A. Evaluating organizational factors associated with postoperative bariatric surgery readmissions. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2017 Jun; 13(6):1004-1009. PMID: 28169205.

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