Karen Lasser, MD, MPH

CARE Unit Faculty                        

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 Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Her research focuses on improving quality of care in primary care for underserved patient populations and reducing health disparities. Dr Lasser is multi-PI of a NIDA-funded cluster randomized trial to determine whether four implementation strategies; nurse care management, use of a patient registry, academic detailing, and electronic tools, will increase primary care provider adherence to chronic opioid therapy guidelines and reduce opioid misuse among patients, relative to electronic tools alone. Dr. Lasser’s work has received international recognition; she has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as JAMA, British Medical Journal, and the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Lasser is a practicing primary care physician at Boston Medical Center, the largest safety-net hospital in New England.

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

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