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

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM802


  • Published on 2/19/2020

    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 Feb 19. PMID: 32088093.

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  • Published on 1/30/2020

    Brady KJS, Grant GG, Stoddard FJ, Meyer WJ, Romanowski KS, Chang PH, Painting LE, Fowler LA, Nelson JK, Rivas P, Epperson K, Sheridan RL, Murphy M, O'Donnell EH, Ceranoglu TA, Sheldrick RC, Ni P, Slavin MD, Warner P, Palmieri TL, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Measuring the Impact of Burn Injury on the Parent-Reported Health Outcomes of Children 1 to 5 Years: A Conceptual Framework for Development of the Preschool Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation Profile CAT. J Burn Care Res. 2020 Jan 30; 41(1):84-94. PMID: 31222201.

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  • Published on 1/23/2020

    Garrity BM, McDonough CM, Ameli O, Rothendler JA, Carey KM, Cabral HJ, Stein MD, Saper RB, Kazis LE. Unrestricted Direct Access to Physical Therapist Services Is Associated With Lower Health Care Utilization and Costs in Patients With New-Onset Low Back Pain. Phys Ther. 2020 01 23; 100(1):107-115. PMID: 31665461.

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  • Published on 1/13/2020

    Brady KJS, Ni P, Grant GG, Thorpe CR, Nadler D, Lee A, Shapiro G, 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 Jan 13. PMID: 31930334.

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  • Published on 12/31/2019

    Grant GG, Wolfe AE, Thorpe CR, Gibran NS, Carrougher GJ, Wiechman SA, Holavanahalli R, Stoddard FJ, Sheridan RL, Kazis LE, Schneider JC, Ryan CM. Exploring the Burn Model System National Database: Burn injuries, substance misuse, and the CAGE questionnaire. Burns. 2019 Dec 31. PMID: 31901407.

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  • Published on 10/16/2019

    Ohrtman EA, Zaninotto AL, Carvalho S, Shie VL, Leite J, Ianni CR, Kazis LE, Zafonte R, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Fregni F. Longitudinal Clinical Trial Recruitment and Retention Challenges in the Burn Population: Lessons Learned From a Trial Examining a Novel Intervention for Chronic Neuropathic Symptoms. J Burn Care Res. 2019 Oct 16; 40(6):792-795. PMID: 31102438.

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  • Published on 10/16/2019

    Riobueno-Naylor A, Romo S, Kazis L, Wang S, Lydon M, Nelson J, Fowler L, Drexler A, Kogosov A, Haile H, Ryan CM, Chang P, Warner P, Palmieri TL, Lee AF, Stoddard F, Murphy JM, Sheridan RL. Usefulness of a Novel System for Feedback of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in Children Recovering From Burns. J Burn Care Res. 2019 Oct 16; 40(6):776-784. PMID: 31102446.

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  • Published on 9/25/2019

    Brady KJS, Kazis LE, Sheldrick RC, Ni P, Trockel MT. Selecting physician well-being measures to assess health system performance and screen for distress: Conceptual and methodological considerations. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2019 Dec; 49(12):100662. PMID: 31562054.

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  • Published on 9/20/2019

    Kazis LE, Ameli O, Rothendler J, Garrity B, Cabral H, McDonough C, Carey K, Stein M, Sanghavi D, Elton D, Fritz J, Saper R. Observational retrospective study of the association of initial healthcare provider for new-onset low back pain with early and long-term opioid use. BMJ Open. 2019 09 20; 9(9):e028633. PMID: 31542740.

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  • Published on 8/14/2019

    Stockly OR, Wolfe AE, Espinoza LF, Simko LC, Kowalske K, Carrougher GJ, Gibran N, Bamer AM, Meyer W, Rosenberg M, Rosenberg L, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Schneider JC. The impact of electrical injuries on long-term outcomes: A Burn Model System National Database study. Burns. 2020 03; 46(2):352-359. PMID: 31420267.

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