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).  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


    • Published on 7/16/2018

      Ohrtman EA, Shapiro GD, Simko LC, Dore E, Slavin MD, Saret C, Amaya F, Lomelin-Gascon J, Pengsheng N, Acton A, Marino M, Kazis LE, Ryan CM, Schneider JC. Social Interactions and Social Activities after Burn Injury: A Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (LIBRE) Study. J Burn Care Res. 2018 Jul 16. PMID: 30016442.

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    • Published on 7/5/2018

      Yuan Y, Louis C, Cabral H, Schneider JC, Ryan CM, Kazis LE. Socioeconomic and Geographic Disparities in Accessing Nursing Homes With High Star Ratings. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2018 Jul 05. PMID: 29983361.

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    • Published on 7/2/2018

      Soria-Saucedo R, Chung JH, Walter H, Soley-Bori M, Kazis LE. Factors That Predict the Use of Psychotropics Among Children and Adolescents With PTSD: Evidence From Private Insurance Claims. Psychiatr Serv. 2018 Jul 02; appips201700167. PMID: 29962309.

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    • Published on 6/13/2018

      Ryan CM, Lee A, Stoddard FJ, Li NC, Schneider JC, Shapiro GD, Griggs CL, Wang C, Palmieri T, Meyer WJ, Pidcock FS, Reilly D, Sheridan RL, Kazis LE, Tompkins RG. The Effect of Facial Burns on Long-Term Outcomes in Young Adults: A 5-Year Study. J Burn Care Res. 2018 Jun 13; 39(4):497-506. PMID: 29901795.

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    • Published on 5/4/2018

      Levi B, Kraft CT, Shapiro GD, Trinh NT, Dore EC, Jeng J, Lee AF, Acton A, Marino M, Jette A, Armstrong EA, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. The Associations of Gender With Social Participation of Burn Survivors: A Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation Profile Study. J Burn Care Res. 2018 May 04. PMID: 29733365.

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    • Published on 4/20/2018

      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. 2018 Apr 20; 39(3):450-456. PMID: 28877130.

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    • Published on 4/19/2018

      Selim A, Rogers W, Qian S, Rothendler JA, Kent EE, Kazis LE. A new algorithm to build bridges between two patient-reported health outcome instruments: the MOS SF-36® and the VR-12 Health Survey. Qual Life Res. 2018 Aug; 27(8):2195-2206. PMID: 29675690.

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    • Published on 4/1/2018

      Kazis LE, Sheridan RL, Shapiro GD, Lee AF, Liang MH, Ryan CM, Schneider JC, Lydon M, Soley-Bori M, Sonis LA, Dore EC, Palmieri T, Herndon D, Meyer W, Warner P, Kagan R, Stoddard FJ, Murphy M, Tompkins RG. Development of clinical process measures for pediatric burn care: Understanding variation in practice patterns. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Apr; 84(4):620-627. PMID: 29140950.

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    • Published on 3/16/2018

      Kim EJ, Yuan Y, Liebschutz J, Cabral H, Kazis L. Understanding the Digital Gap Among US Adults With Disability: Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey 2013. JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol. 2018 Mar 16; 5(1):e3. PMID: 29549074.

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    • Published on 2/20/2018

      Schneider JC, Chen L, Simko LC, Warren KN, Nguyen BP, Thorpe CR, Jeng JC, Hickerson WL, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Challenges to the Standardization of Burn Data Collection: A Call for Common Data Elements for Burn Care. J Burn Care Res. 2018 Feb 20; 39(2):201-208. PMID: 28481759.

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