Michael K. Paasche-Orlow, MD, MA, MPH

Professor, Medicine

Michael Paasche-Orlow
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


Expertise includes: The role of health literacy in health outcomes and health disparities, and health services interventions; The potential for behavioral informatics to help people with limited health literacy overcome literacy barriers.

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University


  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MD
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America, MA
  • Columbia College, BS


  • Published on 7/14/2020

    Lakin JR, Brannen EN, Tulsky JA, Paasche-Orlow MK, Lindvall C, Chang Y, Gundersen DA, El-Jawahri A, Volandes A. Advance Care Planning: Promoting Effective and Aligned Communication in the Elderly (ACP-PEACE): the study protocol for a pragmatic stepped-wedge trial of older patients with cancer. BMJ Open. 2020 07 14; 10(7):e040999. PMID: 32665394.

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  • Published on 3/27/2020

    Gunn CM, Paasche-Orlow MK, Bak S, Wang N, Pamphile J, Nelson K, Morton S, Battaglia TA. Health Literacy, Language, and Cancer-Related Needs in the First 6 Months After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 Mar 27; JOP1900526. PMID: 32216715.

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  • Published on 2/5/2020

    Levin SR, de Geus SWL, Noel NL, Paasche-Orlow MK, Farber A, Siracuse JJ. Vascular repairs in gynecologic operations are uncommon but predict major morbidity and mortality. J Vasc Surg. 2020 Feb 05. PMID: 32035777.

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  • Published on 1/14/2020

    Paasche-Orlow MK. Thank You HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice 2019 Reviewers. Health Lit Res Pract. 2020 Jan 14; 4(1):e1-e2. PMID: 31935295.

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  • Published on 1/9/2020

    Gunn C, Maschke A, Bickmore T, Kennedy M, Hopkins MF, Fishman MDC, Paasche-Orlow MK, Warner ET. Acceptability of an Interactive Computer-Animated Agent to Promote Patient-Provider Communication About Breast Density: a Mixed Method Pilot Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Apr; 35(4):1069-1077. PMID: 31919723.

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  • Published on 1/7/2020

    Fang G, Bailey SC, Annis IE, Paasche-Orlow MK, Wolf MS, Martin LT, Emch M, Brookhart MA, Farris KB. Effects of Estimated Community-Level Health Literacy on Treatment Initiation and Preventive Care Among Older Adults with Newly Diagnosed Diabetes. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2020; 14:1-11. PMID: 32021112.

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  • Published on 1/1/2020

    Chatterjee A, Greif C, Witzburg R, Henault L, Goodell K, Paasche-Orlow MK. US Medical School Applicant Experiences of Bias on the Interview Trail. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020; 31(1):185-200. PMID: 32037326.

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  • Published on 12/2/2019

    Banerjee S, McCormick D, Paasche-Orlow MK, Lin MY, Hanchate AD. Association between degree of exposure to the Hospital Value Based Purchasing Program and 30-day mortality: experience from the first four years of Medicare's pay-for-performance program. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Dec 02; 19(1):921. PMID: 31791322.

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  • Published on 10/9/2019

    McKee MM, Hauser PC, Champlin S, Paasche-Orlow M, Wyse K, Cuculick J, Buis LR, Plegue M, Sen A, Fetters MD. Deaf Adults' Health Literacy and Access to Health Information: Protocol for a Multicenter Mixed Methods Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Oct 09; 8(10):e14889. PMID: 31599730.

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  • Published on 10/3/2019

    Santos MG, Paasche-Orlow MK. Special Supplement: Health Literacy and Adult Basic Education. Health Lit Res Pract. 2019 07; 3(3 Suppl):S88-S90. PMID: 31773087.

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