Lewis E. Kazis, ScD

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Lewis Kazis
(617) 358-2291lek@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

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


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


  • Published on 9/15/2020

    Ohrtman EA, Shapiro GD, Wolfe AE, Trinh NT, Ni P, Acton A, Slavin MD, Ryan CM, Kazis LE, Schneider JC. Sexual activity and romantic relationships after burn injury: A Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (LIBRE) study. Burns. 2020 Sep 15. PMID: 32948357.

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  • Published on 7/22/2020

    Quach ED, Kazis LE, Zhao S, McDannold SE, Clark VA, Hartmann CW. Relationship Between Work Experience and Safety Climate in Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes Nationwide. J Patient Saf. 2020 Jul 22. PMID: 32701621.

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  • Published on 7/19/2020

    Quach ED, Kazis LE, Zhao S, Ni P, McDannold SE, Clark VA, Hartmann CW. Safety Climate Associated With Adverse Events in Nursing Homes: A National VA Study. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 Jul 19. PMID: 32698990.

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  • Published on 6/19/2020

    Slavin MD, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Acton A, Amaya F, Saret C, Ohrtman E, Wolfe A, Ni P, Kazis LE. Interpreting Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (LIBRE) Profile Scores for Use by Clinicians Burn Survivors and Researchers. J Burn Care Res. 2020 Jun 19. PMID: 32556266.

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  • Published on 6/1/2020

    Brady KJS, Ni P, Sheldrick RC, Trockel MT, Shanafelt TD, Rowe SG, Schneider JI, Kazis LE. Describing the emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and low personal accomplishment symptoms associated with Maslach Burnout Inventory subscale scores in US physicians: an item response theory analysis. J Patient Rep Outcomes. 2020 Jun 01; 4(1):42. PMID: 32488344.

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  • Published on 5/11/2020

    Louis CJ, Herrera CS, Garrity BM, McDonough CM, Cabral H, Saper RB, Kazis LE. Association of Initial Provider Type on Opioid Fills for Individuals With Neck Pain. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 08; 101(8):1407-1413. PMID: 32437688.

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  • Published on 5/2/2020

    Brady KJS, Ni P, Grant GG, Thorpe CR, Nadler D, Lee A, Shapiro GD, Kogosov A, Palmieri TL, Tompkins RG, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Translation and Cross-cultural Validation of the English Young Adult Burn Outcome Questionnaire (YABOQ) in Spanish. J Burn Care Res. 2020 05 02; 41(3):640-646. PMID: 31930334.

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  • Published on 4/16/2020

    Wilson R, Cuthbertson L, Kazis L, Sawatzky R. Measuring Health Status in Long-Term Residential Care: Adapting the Veterans RAND 12 Item Health Survey (VR-12©). Clin Gerontol. 2020 Apr 16; 1-13. PMID: 32299327.

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  • Published on 3/27/2020

    Li M, Reisman J, Morris-Eppolito B, Qian SX, Kazis LE, Wolozin B, Goldstein LE, Xia W. Beneficial association of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and statins on the occurrence of possible Alzheimer's disease after traumatic brain injury. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2020 03 27; 12(1):33. PMID: 32220235.

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  • Published on 2/20/2020

    Pham TN, Goldstein R, Carrougher GJ, Gibran NS, Goverman J, Esselman PC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Schneider JC. The impact of discharge contracture on return to work after burn injury: A Burn Model System investigation. Burns. 2020 05; 46(3):539-545. PMID: 32088093.

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