Steven Pizer

Steven D. Pizer, PhD

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


Dr. Pizer is Professor of Health Law, Policy, and Management and Director of the doctoral program in Health Services Research at the Boston University School of Public Health. He also serves as Chief Economist for the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He is currently directing studies of demand for care and access to care, as well as effects of workforce retention programs and health information exchange. Dr. Pizer also designs randomized and observational program evaluations and performance metrics for national VA program offices. Prior to his graduate training in economics, Dr. Pizer worked for the Massachusetts Legislature and for several consumer organizations concerned with state insurance regulation.

Other Positions

  • - VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Boston College, PhD Field of Study: Economics
  • Harvard College, AB Field of Study: Social Sciences

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM842
  • SPHPM931
  • SPHPM980


  • Published on 6/20/2023

    Palani S, Saeed I, Legler A, Sadej I, MacDonald C, Kirsh SR, Pizer SD, Shafer PR. Effect of a National VHA Medical Scribe Pilot on Provider Productivity, Wait Times, and Patient Satisfaction in Cardiology and Orthopedics. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 Jul; 38(Suppl 3):878-886. PMID: 37340268.

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  • Published on 3/13/2023

    Tenso K, Pizer S, Palani S. Delivery system emergency department capacity and its effect on nonsystem service utilization. Acad Emerg Med. 2023 Apr; 30(4):359-367. PMID: 36797812.

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  • Published on 2/15/2023

    Palani S, Garrido MM, Tenso K, Pizer SD. Community care emergency room use and specialty care leakage from Veterans Health Administration hospitals. Acad Emerg Med. 2023 Apr; 30(4):379-387. PMID: 36660799.

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  • Published on 1/31/2023

    Richerson JT, Wagner TH, Abrams T, Skelton K, Biswas K, Illarmo S, McSherry F, Fallon MT, Frakt A, Pizer S, Magruder KM, Groer S, Dorn PA, Huang GD, Stock EM. Therapeutic and Economic Benefits of Service Dogs Versus Emotional Support Dogs for Veterans With PTSD. Psychiatr Serv. 2023 Aug 01; 74(8):790-800. PMID: 36718602.

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  • Published on 12/25/2022

    Mull HJ, Kabdiyeva A, Ndugga N, Gordon SH, Garrido MM, Pizer SD. What is the role of selection bias in quality comparisons between the Veterans Health Administration and community care? Example of elective hernia surgery. Health Serv Res. 2023 Jun; 58(3):654-662. PMID: 36477645.

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  • Published on 11/1/2022

    Garrido MM, Pearson Sites E, Avila CJ, Pizer SD. Grading Evidence to Support Legislative and Budget Proposals-Veterans Health Administration's Key to Implementing the Evidence Act. Value Health. 2023 Jun; 26(6):902-908. PMID: 36332893.

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  • Published on 9/21/2022

    Feyman Y, Figueroa SM, Yuan Y, Price ME, Kabdiyeva A, Nebeker JR, Ward MC, Shafer PR, Pizer SD, Strombotne KL. Effect of mental health staffing inputs on suicide-related events. Health Serv Res. 2023 Apr; 58(2):375-382. PMID: 36089760.

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  • Published on 8/19/2022

    Garrido MM, Jones DK, Woodruff A, Strombotne K, Palani S, Zahakos S, Adelberg M, Pizer SD, Frakt AB. Detecting fraud, waste, and abuse in substance use disorder treatment. Health Serv Res. 2022 Oct; 57(5):997-1000. PMID: 35932224.

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  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Griffith KN, Schwartzman DA, Pizer SD, Bor J, Kolachalama VB, Jack B, Garrido MM. Local Supply Of Postdischarge Care Options Tied To Hospital Readmission Rates. Health Aff (Millwood). 2022 Jul; 41(7):1036-1044. PMID: 35787076.

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  • Published on 6/17/2022

    Minegishi T, Garrido MM, Lewis ET, Oliva EM, Pizer SD, Strombotne KL, Trafton JA, Tenso K, Sohoni PS, Frakt AB. Randomized Policy Evaluation of the Veterans Health Administration Stratification Tool for Opioid Risk Mitigation (STORM). J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Nov; 37(14):3746-3750. PMID: 35715661.

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