Karen Lasser, MD, MPH

Lasser FullCARE Unit Faculty

Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health


Crosstown Center, 801 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118


Dr. Lasser is a primary care internist, certified by the American Boards of Internal Medicine, and a health services researcher.

Her primary areas of expertise and research are quality of care, health disparities, health policy, smoking cessation, and primary care practice-based research to reduce prescription drug abuse.

She is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed publications, and was the former Director of Ambulatory Quality Improvement for the Department of Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School.  Her research has been supported by NIDA, NHLBI, AHRQ, CDC, and the American Cancer Society.

Boston University faculty appointment: 2009

Areas of Specialization

  • Quality of care
  • Health disparities
  • Health policy
  • Smoking cessation
  • Prescription drug abuse

Education and Training

General Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical Scho0l, Boston, MA 1999-2001

Resident (Primary Care/Internal Medicine), Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA, 1995-1998

MD, Cornell University, New York, NY
MPH (Clinical Effectiveness), Harvard University, Boston, MA
AB (History and Literature), Harvard College, Boston, MA

BU Profiles: Publications and Grant Support