Karen Lasser, MD, MPH

Lasser FullCARE Unit Faculty

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

Contact

Karen.Lasser@bmc.org
617-414-6688
Crosstown Center, 801 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118

Biography

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

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

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

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

Honors and Awards

  • Honorable Mention for Research Achievement in Health Services and Outcomes Research, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2010
  • Best Oran Presentation, Society of General Internal Medicine’s distinguished, 2010
  • Honorable Mention for Best Poster, Evans Department of Medicine Research Days, Boston University School of Medicine,  2009
  • Daniel Ford Award for Research Achievement in Health Services and Outcomes Research, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2009
  • Scholars in Medicine Award, Harvard Medical School, 2004
  • Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, 2003-2012
  • Who’s Who in Health Care and Medicine, 2003-2012
  • HRSA Institutional National Research Service Award, Harvard Medical School, 1998-2001
  • R. Knight Steele Award for Excellence in Geriatric Clinical Medicine, Boston Medical Center, 1998
  • Milton A. Rosenbluth International Medicine Fellowship, Cornell University Medical College, 1995
  • American Medical Student Association International Medicine Fellowship, 1995

Key Publications

Lasser KE, Boyd JW, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, McCormick D, Bor DH.  Smoking and Mental Illness: a Population-based Prevalence Study.  JAMA. 2000; 284: 2606-2610.

Lasser KE, Kim TW, Alford DP, Cabral H, Saitz R, Samet JH.  Is unhealthy substance use associated with failure to receive cancer screening and flu vaccination?  A retrospective cross-sectional study.  BMJ Open. 2011 Jan 1; 1(1): e000046.  Epub 2011 Apr 7.

Lasser KE, Kenst K, Quintiliani L, Wiener R, Murillo J, Bowen D.  “Patient Navigation to Promote Smoking Cessation in Primary Care: Baseline Results from a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.” Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine; Orlando, Florida; poster presentation.

Lasser KE.  Update in Smoking and Mental Illness: a Primary Care Perspective. Dual Diagnosis 2009; 5(2):191.

Lasser KE, Boyd JW. Varenicline and Smokers with Mental Illness. Lancet 2008,  372:1218.

Publications and NIH Grant Support