Lewis Kazis

Lewis E. Kazis, ScD

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


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, Medicine - Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


  • Harvard University, ScD Field of Study: Health Administration/Education
  • Brandeis University, AB Field of Study: History
  • Harvard University, SM/ScM Field of Study: Population Sciences

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM802


  • Published on 2/12/2024

    Vu K, Deng H, Kelter B, Shepler L, Stewart B, Wolf S, Mandell S, Bamer A, Mehta A, Kazis L, Ryan C, Schneider J. Chronic Use of Prescription Pain Medication and Outcomes in Patients with Burn Injury: A Burn Model System National Database Study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2024 Feb 12. PMID: 38363714.

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  • Published on 1/5/2024

    Patel KF, Ni P, Surette KE, Rencken CA, Rodríguez-Mercedes SL, McGwin MB, Fabia R, Tully C, Warner P, Romanowski KS, Palmieri T, Stoddard FJ, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Development of the Preschool Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (PS-LIBRE1-5) Profile. J Burn Care Res. 2024 Jan 05; 45(1):136-144. PMID: 37703100.

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  • Published on 11/2/2023

    Bamer AM, McMullen K, Humbert A, Kazis L, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Stewart BT, Suman OE, Amtmann D. PROMIS-25 Reliability and Validity Among Children Living with Burn Injury: A Burn Model System National Database Study. J Burn Care Res. 2023 Nov 02; 44(6):1419-1427. PMID: 37101360.

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  • Published on 10/17/2023

    Wilson R, Cuthbertson L, Sasaki A, Russell L, Kazis LE, Sawatzky R. Validation of an Adapted Version of the Veterans RAND 12-Item Health Survey for Older Adults Living in Long-Term Care Homes. Gerontologist. 2023 Oct 17; 63(9):1467-1477. PMID: 36866495.

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  • Published on 9/12/2023

    Slavin MD, Bailey HM, Hickey EJ, Vasudevan A, Ledingham A, Tannenbaum L, Bateman L, Kaufman DL, Peterson DL, Ruhoy IS, Systrom DM, Felsenstein D, Kazis LE. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Common Data Element item content analysis. PLoS One. 2023; 18(9):e0291364. PMID: 37698999.

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  • Published on 8/24/2023

    Surette KE, Abouzeid C, Shepler LJ, McMullen KA, Cancio JM, Cancio LC, Hickey SA, Mandell SP, Stewart BT, Wolf SE, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Schneider JC. Examining the association between military service history and outcomes after burn injury. Burns. 2024 Feb; 50(1):59-65. PMID: 37709564.

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  • Published on 6/30/2023

    Deng H, Shepler LJ, Chacon KL, Tenney D, Ni P, Stewart BT, Carrougher GJ, Kowalske K, Wolf SE, Slavin MD, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Schneider JC. Predictors at 6 and 12 Months for Social Participation Outcome at 24 Months in the Adult Burn Injury Population: A Burn Model System National Database Study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2024 Feb; 105(2):235-242. PMID: 37392780.

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  • Published on 6/20/2023

    Wang Y, Li M, Kazis LE, Xia W. The Comparative Effectiveness of Monotherapy and Combination Therapies: Impact of Angiotensin Receptor Blockers on the Onset of Alzheimer's Disease. JAR Life. 2023; 12:35-45. PMID: 37441415.

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  • Published on 6/9/2023

    Juengst SB, Agtarap S, Venkatesan UM, Erler KS, Evans E, Sander AM, Klyce D, O'Neil Pirozzi TM, Rabinowitz AR, Kazis LE, Giacino JT, Kumar RG, Bushnik T, Whiteneck GG. Developing multidimensional participation profiles after traumatic brain injury: a TBI model systems study. Disabil Rehabil. 2023 Jun 09; 1-11. PMID: 37296112.

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  • Published on 5/2/2023

    Vasudevan A, Bailey HM, Sager A, Kazis LE. Impact of the Early COVID-19 Pandemic on Burn Care: A Multi-National Study. J Burn Care Res. 2023 May 02; 44(3):580-589. PMID: 35661890.

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