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 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 4/22/2022

    Deng H, Abouzeid CA, Shepler LJ, Slavin MD, Taylor JA, Mercier HW, Herrera-Escobar JP, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Schneider JC. Using digital phenotyping to characterize psychosocial trajectories for people with burn injury. Burns. 2022 Apr 22. PMID: 35504767.

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  • Published on 4/4/2022

    Wang Y, Li M, Kazis LE, Xia W. Clinical outcomes of COVID-19 infection among patients with Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimers Dement. 2022 May; 18(5):911-923. PMID: 35377523.

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  • Published on 3/23/2022

    Patel KF, Rodríguez-Mercedes SL, Grant GG, Rencken CA, Kinney EM, Austen A, Hou C, Brady KJS, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Physical, Psychological, and Social Outcomes in Pediatric Burn Survivors Ages 5 to 18 Years: A Systematic Review. J Burn Care Res. 2022 03 23; 43(2):343-352. PMID: 34922361.

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  • Published on 2/4/2022

    Brady KJS, Barlam TF, Trockel MT, Ni P, Sheldrick RC, Schneider JI, Rowe SG, Kazis LE. Clinician Distress and Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Tract Infections: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2022 May; 48(5):287-297. PMID: 35489803.

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  • Published on 1/25/2022

    Abouzeid CA, Wolfe AE, Ni P, Carrougher GJ, Gibran NS, Hammond FM, Holavanahalli R, McMullen KA, Roaten K, Suman O, Stewart BT, Wolf S, Zafonte R, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Schneider JC. Are Burns a Chronic Condition? Examining Patient Reported Outcomes up to 20 Years after Burn Injury - A Burn Model System National Database Investigation. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2022 Jan 25. PMID: 35081598.

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  • Published on 1/15/2022

    Kazis LE, Sager A, Bailey HM, Vasudevan A, Garrity B, Tompkins RG. Erratum to: Physical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Care After Burn Injury: A Multinational Study. J Burn Care Res. 2022 Jan 15. PMID: 35032165.

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  • Published on 1/5/2022

    Kelter BM, Wolfe AE, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Acton A, Slavin MD, Schneider JC. Trajectory Curves for Purposes of Benchmarking and Predicting Clinical Outcomes: A Scoping Review. J Burn Care Res. 2022 Jan 05. PMID: 34986488.

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  • Published on 12/29/2021

    Rodríguez-Mercedes SL, Patel KF, Rencken CA, Grant GG, Surette K, Kinney EM, Brady KJS, Slavin MD, Schneider JC, Stoddard FJ, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Item Pool Development for the School-Aged Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (SA- LIBRE5-12) Profile Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT): An Observer-Reported Outcome Assessment Measuring the Impact of Burn Injuries in School-Aged Children. J Burn Care Res. 2021 Dec 29. PMID: 34965302.

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  • Published on 12/2/2021

    Kelter BM, Shepler LJ, Ni P, Slavin MD, Acton A, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Schneider JC. Developing trajectories of social recovery after burn injury: Preliminary results from the LIBRE Journey Study. Burns. 2022 Mar; 48(2):460-462. PMID: 34924225.

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  • Published on 12/1/2021

    Quach ED, Kazis LE, Zhao S, McDannold S, Clark V, Hartmann CW. Nursing Home Senior Managers and Direct Care Staff: Are There Differences in Their Perceptions of Safety Climate? J Patient Saf. 2021 12 01; 17(8):e1616-e1621. PMID: 30747858.

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