Lewis E. Kazis, ScD.

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management

Lewis Kazis
(617) 414-1418
715 Albany St Talbot Building


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

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



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

    Classes Taught

    • SPH PM802
    • SPH PM821
    • SPH PM931


    • Published on 10/30/2017

      Grieve B, Shapiro GD, Wibbenmeyer L, Acton A, Lee A, Marino M, Jette A, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Long-term social reintegration outcomes for burn survivors with and without peer support attendance: A Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (LIBRE) Study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Oct 30. PMID: 29097179.

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    • Published on 10/20/2017

      Walls M, Allen C, Cabral H, Kazis LE, Bair-Merritt M. Receipt of Medication and Behavioral Therapy among a National Sample of School-Aged Children Diagnosed with ADHD. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Oct 20. PMID: 29061327.

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    • Published on 9/6/2017

      Marino ME, Dore EC, Ni P, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Acton A, Jette AM, Kazis LE. Developing Item Response Theory-Based Short Forms to Measure the Social Impact of Burn Injuries. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Sep 06. PMID: 28888383.

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    • Published on 8/31/2017

      Simko LC, Espinoza LF, McMullen K, Herndon DN, Suman O, Fauerbach JA, Kowalske K, Wiechman S, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Schneider JC. Fatigue Following Burn Injury: A Burn Model System National Database Study. J Burn Care Res. 2017 Aug 31. PMID: 28877130.

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    • Published on 8/24/2017

      Bress AP, Bellows BK, King JB, Hess R, Beddhu S, Zhang Z, Berlowitz DR, Conroy MB, Fine L, Oparil S, Morisky DE, Kazis LE, Ruiz-Negrón N, Powell J, Tamariz L, Whittle J, Wright JT, Supiano MA, Cheung AK, Weintraub WS, Moran AE. Cost-Effectiveness of Intensive versus Standard Blood-Pressure Control. N Engl J Med. 2017 08 24; 377(8):745-755. PMID: 28834469.

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    • Published on 8/24/2017

      Berlowitz DR, Foy CG, Kazis LE, Bolin LP, Conroy MB, Fitzpatrick P, Gure TR, Kimmel PL, Kirchner K, Morisky DE, Newman J, Olney C, Oparil S, Pajewski NM, Powell J, Ramsey T, Simmons DL, Snyder J, Supiano MA, Weiner DE, Whittle J. Effect of Intensive Blood-Pressure Treatment on Patient-Reported Outcomes. N Engl J Med. 2017 08 24; 377(8):733-744. PMID: 28834483.

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    • Published on 6/13/2017

      Soley-Bori M, Soria-Saucedo R, Youn B, Haynes AB, Macht R, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Kazis LE. Region and Insurance Plan Type Influence Discharge Disposition After Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Evidence From the Privately Insured US Population. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Nov; 32(11):3286-3291.e4. PMID: 28712798.

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    • Published on 6/1/2017

      Griggs CL, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Patient-reported Outcome Measures: A Stethoscope for the Patient History. Ann Surg. 2017 Jun; 265(6):1066-1067. PMID: 28134680.

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    • Published on 6/1/2017

      Johnson KL, Lin MY, Cabral H, Kazis LE, Katz IT. Variation in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Uptake and Acceptability Between Female and Male Adolescents and Their Caregivers. J Community Health. 2017 Jun; 42(3):522-532. PMID: 27778139.

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    • Published on 6/1/2017

      Ameli O, Soria-Saucedo R, Smith EG, Cabral HJ, Soley-Bori M, Kazis LE. Associations Between Medication Class and Subsequent Augmentation of Depression Treatment in Privately Insured US Adults. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2017 Jun; 37(3):323-331. PMID: 28338544.

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