Lewis E. Kazis, ScD.

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management

Lewis Kazis
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). ┬áDr. 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, General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


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


  • Published on 5/17/2019

    Ohrtman EA, Zaninotto AL, Carvalho S, Shie VL, Leite J, Ianni CR, Kazis LE, Zafonte R, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Fregni F. Longitudinal Clinical Trial Recruitment and Retention Challenges in the Burn Population: Lessons Learned from a Trial Examining a Novel Intervention for Chronic Neuropathic Symptoms. J Burn Care Res. 2019 May 17. PMID: 31102438.

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  • Published on 5/17/2019

    Riobueno-Naylor A, Romo S, Kazis L, Wang S, Lydon M, Nelson J, Fowler L, Drexler A, Kogosov A, Haile H, Ryan CM, Chang P, Warner P, Palmieri TL, Lee AF, Stoddard F, Murphy JM, Sheridan RL. Usefulness of a Novel System for Feedback of Patient Reported Outcome Measures in Children Recovering from Burns. J Burn Care Res. 2019 May 17. PMID: 31102446.

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  • Published on 5/9/2019

    Saret CJ, Ni P, Marino M, Dore E, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Kazis LE. Social Participation of Burn Survivors and the General Population in Work and Employment: A Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (LIBRE) Profile Study. J Burn Care Res. 2019 May 09. PMID: 31069384.

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  • Published on 5/8/2019

    Schulz JT, Shapiro GD, Acton A, Fidler P, Marino ME, Jette A, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. The Relationship of Level of Education to Social Reintegration after Burn Injury: a LIBRE study. J Burn Care Res. 2019 May 08. PMID: 31067572.

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  • Published on 5/6/2019

    Ni P, Marino M, Dore E, Sonis L, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Jette AM, Kazis LE. Extreme response style bias in burn survivors. PLoS One. 2019; 14(5):e0215898. PMID: 31059527.

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  • Published on 3/12/2019

    Fassel M, Grieve B, Hosseini S, Oral R, Galet C, Ryan C, Kazis L, Pengsheng N, Wibbenmeyer L. The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Burn Outcomes in Adult Burn Patients. J Burn Care Res. 2019 Mar 12. PMID: 30873544.

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  • Published on 3/5/2019

    Cartwright S, Saret C, Shapiro GD, Ni P, Sheridan RL, Lee AF, Marino M, Acton A, Kazis LE, Schneider JC, Ryan CM. Burn survivors injured as children exhibit resilience in long-term community integration outcomes: A life impact burn recovery evaluation (LIBRE) study. Burns. 2019 Mar 05. PMID: 30850227.

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  • Published on 3/1/2019

    Marfeo EE, McDonough C, Ni P, Peterik K, Porcino J, Meterko M, Rasch E, Kazis L, Chan L. Measuring Work Related Physical and Mental Health Function: Updating the Work Disability Functional Assessment Battery (WD-FAB) Using Item Response Theory. J Occup Environ Med. 2019 Mar; 61(3):219-224. PMID: 30540653.

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  • Published on 2/9/2019

    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. 2019 Feb 09. PMID: 30747858.

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  • Published on 2/4/2019

    Sinha I, Nabi M, Simko LC, Wolfe AW, Wiechman S, Giatsidis G, Bharadia D, McMullen K, Gibran NS, Kowalske K, Meyer WJ, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Schneider JC. Head and neck burns are associated with long-term patient-reported dissatisfaction with appearance: A Burn Model System National Database study. Burns. 2019 03; 45(2):293-302. PMID: 30732865.

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