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Karen E. Lasser, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
DivisionGeneral Internal Medicine
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-6688
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-3777-6075
Other Positions
TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentCommunity Health Sciences

InstitutionBoston Medical Center

 Awards and Honors

Start-EndDescription
2010Johns Hopkins School of Medicine: Honorable Mention for Research Achievement in Health Services and Outcomes Research
2009Boston University School of Medicine: Honorable Mention for Best Poster, Evans Department of Medicine Research Days
2009Johns Hopkins School of Medicine: Daniel Ford Award for Research Achievement in Health Services and Outcomes Research
2004Harvard Medical School: Scholars in Medicine Award
2003-2012Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
2003-2012Who’s Who in Health Care and Medicine
1998-2001Harvard Medical School: HRSA Institutional National Research Service Award
1998Boston Medical Center: R. Knight Steele Award for Excellence in Geriatric Clinical Medicine
1995American Medical Student Association: International Medicine Fellowship
1995Cornell University Medical College: Milton A. Rosenbluth International Medicine Fellowship
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Lasser is a primary care internist, certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a health services researcher.

Her primary areas of expertise and research are quality of care, interventions to reduce health disparities, health policy, smoking cessation, and primary care practice-based research.

She is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications, was the former Director of Ambulatory Quality Improvement for the Department of Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, and has held several quality leadership roles at Boston Medical Center. Her research has been supported by NIDA, NHLBI, AHRQ, CDC, and the American Cancer Society.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Health Care Disparities
  • Quality of Care
  • Smoking cessation
  • Hepatitis C
  • Diabetes
  • Prescription opioid use
 Publications
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
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  1. Tikkanen RS, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, Kressin NR, Hanchate A, Lin MY, McCormick D, Lasser KE. Hospital Payer and Racial/Ethnic Mix at Private Academic Medical Centers in Boston and New York City. Int J Health Serv. 2017 Jan 01; 20731416689549. PMID: 28152644.
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  2. Calderwood AH, Lasser KE, Roy HK. Colon adenoma features and their impact on risk of future advanced adenomas and colorectal cancer. World J Gastrointest Oncol. 2016 Dec 15; 8(12):826-834. PMID: 28035253.
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  3. Lasser KE, Hanchate AD, McCormick D, Chu C, Xuan Z, Kressin NR. Massachusetts Health Reform's Effect on Hospitals' Racial Mix of Patients and on Patients' Use of Safety-net Hospitals. Med Care. 2016 Sep; 54(9):827-36. PMID: 27261638.
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  4. Florian J, Roy NM, Quintiliani LM, Truong V, Feng Y, Bloch PP, Russinova ZL, Lasser KE. Using Photovoice and Asset Mapping to Inform a Community-Based Diabetes Intervention, Boston, Massachusetts, 2015. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 08 11; 13:E107. PMID: 27513998.
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  5. Hanchate AD, McCormick D, Lasser KE, Feng C, Manze MG, Kressin NR. Impact of Massachusetts Health Reform on Inpatient Care Use: Was the Safety-Net Experience Different Than in the Non-Safety-Net? Health Serv Res. 2016 Aug 08. PMID: 27500666.
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  6. Park TW, Saitz R, Nelson KP, Xuan Z, Liebschutz JM, Lasser KE. The association between benzodiazepine prescription and aberrant drug-related behaviors in primary care patients receiving opioids for chronic pain. Subst Abus. 2016 Oct-Dec; 37(4):516-520. PMID: 27092738.
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  7. Quintiliani LM, Russinova ZL, Bloch PP, Truong V, Xuan Z, Pbert L, Lasser KE. Patient navigation and financial incentives to promote smoking cessation in an underserved primary care population: A randomized controlled trial protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Nov; 45(Pt B):449-57. PMID: 26362691.
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  8. Lasser KE, Shanahan C, Parker V, Beers D, Xuan Z, Heymann O, Lange A, Liebschutz JM. A Multicomponent Intervention to Improve Primary Care Provider Adherence to Chronic Opioid Therapy Guidelines and Reduce Opioid Misuse: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2016 Jan; 60:101-9. PMID: 26256769.
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  9. Kressin NR, Lasser KE, Paasche-Orlow M, Allison J, Ash AS, Adams WG, Shanahan CW, Legler A, Pizer SD. Clinical Operations Variables are Associated With Blood Pressure Outcomes. Med Care. 2015 Jun; 53(6):480-4. PMID: 25974844.
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  10. McCormick D, Hanchate AD, Lasser KE, Manze MG, Lin M, Chu C, Kressin NR. Effect of Massachusetts healthcare reform on racial and ethnic disparities in admissions to hospital for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics. BMJ. 2015; 350:h1480. PMID: 25833157.
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  11. Hanchate AD, Kapoor A, Katz JN, McCormick D, Lasser KE, Feng C, Manze MG, Kressin NR. Massachusetts health reform and disparities in joint replacement use: difference in differences study. BMJ. 2015; 350:h440. PMID: 25700849.
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  12. Lange A, Lasser KE, Xuan Z, Khalid L, Beers D, Heymann OD, Shanahan CW, Crosson J, Liebschutz JM. Variability in opioid prescription monitoring and evidence of aberrant medication taking behaviors in urban safety-net clinics. Pain. 2015 Feb; 156(2):335-40. PMID: 25599455.
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  13. Khalid L, Liebschutz JM, Xuan Z, Dossabhoy S, Kim Y, Crooks D, Shanahan C, Lange A, Heymann O, Lasser KE. Adherence to prescription opioid monitoring guidelines among residents and attending physicians in the primary care setting. Pain Med. 2015 Mar; 16(3):480-7. PMID: 25529863.
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  14. Frank C, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S, Bor DH, Wolfe SM, Heymann O, Zallman L, Lasser KE. Era of faster FDA drug approval has also seen increased black-box warnings and market withdrawals. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Aug; 33(8):1453-9. PMID: 25092848.
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  15. Lasser KE, Hanchate AD, McCormick D, Manze MG, Chu C, Kressin NR. The effect of Massachusetts health reform on 30 day hospital readmissions: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics. BMJ. 2014; 348:g2329. PMID: 24687184.
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  16. Lasser KE, Kenst KS, Quintiliani LM, Wiener RS, Murillo J, Pbert L, Xuan Z, Bowen DJ. Patient navigation to promote smoking cessation among low-income primary care patients: a pilot randomized controlled trial. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2013; 12(4):374-90. PMID: 24215228.
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  17. Hanchate AD, Lasser KE, Kapoor A, Rosen J, McCormick D, D'Amore MM, Kressin NR. Massachusetts reform and disparities in inpatient care utilization. Med Care. 2012 Jul; 50(7):569-77. PMID: 22683590.
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  18. Lasser KE, Kronman AC, Cabral H, Samet JH. Emergency department use by primary care patients at a safety-net hospital. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Feb 13; 172(3):278-80. PMID: 22332165.
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  19. Lasser KE, Kronman AC, Cabral H, Samet JH. Emergency Department Use by Primary Care Patients at a Safety-Net Hospital. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2012; 3(172):278-280.
  20. Lasser KE, Murillo J, Lisboa S, Casimir AN, Valley-Shah L, Emmons KM, Fletcher RH, Ayanian JZ. Colorectal cancer screening among ethnically diverse, low-income patients: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern Med. 2011 May 23; 171(10):906-12. PMID: 21606094.
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  21. 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. PMID: 22021737.
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  22. Yu DT, Seger DL, Lasser KE, Karson AS, Fiskio JM, Seger AC, Bates DW. Impact of implementing alerts about medication black-box warnings in electronic health records. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2011 Feb; 20(2):192-202. PMID: 21254291.
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  23. Vimalananda VG, Rosenzweig JL, Cabral HJ, David MM, Lasser KE. Comparison of diabetes control among Haitians, African Americans, and non-Hispanic whites in an urban safety-net hospital. Diabetes Care. 2011 Jan; 34(1):58-60. PMID: 20978100.
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  24. Zallman L, Ma J, Xiao L, Lasser KE. Quality of US primary care delivered by resident and staff physicians. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Nov; 25(11):1193-7. PMID: 20645018.
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  25. Wilper AP, Woolhandler S, Lasser KE, McCormick D, Bor DH, Himmelstein DU. Hypertension, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol among insured and uninsured U.S. adults. Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Nov-Dec; 28(6):w1151-9. PMID: 19843553.
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  26. Wilper AP, Woolhandler S, Lasser KE, McCormick D, Bor DH, Himmelstein DU. Health insurance and mortality in US adults. Am J Public Health. 2009 Dec; 99(12):2289-95. PMID: 19762659.
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  27. Lasser KE, Murillo J, Medlin E, Lisboa S, Valley-Shah L, Fletcher RH, Emmons KM, Ayanian JZ. A multilevel intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening among community health center patients: results of a pilot study. BMC Fam Pract. 2009; 10:37. PMID: 19480698.
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  28. Wilper AP, Woolhandler S, Boyd JW, Lasser KE, McCormick D, Bor DH, Himmelstein DU. The health and health care of US prisoners: results of a nationwide survey. Am J Public Health. 2009 Apr; 99(4):666-72. PMID: 19150898.
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  29. Lasser KE, Boyd JW. Varenicline and smokers with mental illnesses. Lancet. 2008 Oct 4; 372(9645):1218-9. PMID: 19094948.
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  30. Cutrona SL, Woolhandler S, Lasser KE, Bor DH, Himmelstein DU, Shrank WH, LeLeiko NS. Free drug samples in the United States: characteristics of pediatric recipients and safety concerns. Pediatrics. 2008 Oct; 122(4):736-42. PMID: 18829796.
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  31. Lasser KE, Kelly B, Maier J, Murillo J, Hoover S, Isenberg K, Osber D, Pilkauskas N, Willis BC, Hersey J. Discussions about preventive services: a qualitative study. BMC Fam Pract. 2008; 9:49. PMID: 18768086.
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  32. Wilper AP, Woolhandler S, Lasser KE, McCormick D, Bor DH, Himmelstein DU. A national study of chronic disease prevalence and access to care in uninsured U.S. adults. Ann Intern Med. 2008 Aug 5; 149(3):170-6. PMID: 18678844.
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  33. Lasser KE, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Sources of U.S. physician income: the contribution of government payments to the specialist-generalist income gap. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Sep; 23(9):1477-81. PMID: 18592323.
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  34. Lasser KE, Ayanian JZ, Fletcher RH, Good MJ. Barriers to colorectal cancer screening in community health centers: a qualitative study. BMC Fam Pract. 2008; 9:15. PMID: 18304342.
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  35. Wilper AP, Woolhandler S, Lasser KE, McCormick D, Cutrona SL, Bor DH, Himmelstein DU. Waits to see an emergency department physician: U.S. trends and predictors, 1997-2004. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Mar-Apr; 27(2):w84-95. PMID: 18198184.
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  36. Cutrona SL, Woolhandler S, Lasser KE, Bor DH, McCormick D, Himmelstein DU. Characteristics of recipients of free prescription drug samples: a nationally representative analysis. Am J Public Health. 2008 Feb; 98(2):284-9. PMID: 18172135.
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  37. Himmelstein DU, Lasser KE, McCormick D, Bor DH, Boyd JW, Woolhandler S. Lack of health coverage among US veterans from 1987 to 2004. Am J Public Health. 2007 Dec; 97(12):2199-203. PMID: 17971547.
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  38. Issa AM, Phillips KA, Van Bebber S, Nidamarthy HG, Lasser KE, Haas JS, Alldredge BK, Wachter RM, Bates DW. Drug withdrawals in the United States: a systematic review of the evidence and analysis of trends. Curr Drug Saf. 2007 Sep; 2(3):177-85. PMID: 18690965.
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  39. Miller E, Lasser KE, Becker AE. Breast and cervical cancer screening for women with mental illness: patient and provider perspectives on improving linkages between primary care and mental health. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2007; 10(5):189-97. PMID: 17680330.
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  40. Boyd JW, Himmelstein DU, Lasser K, McCormick D, Bor DH, Cutrona SL, Woolhandler S. U.S. medical students' knowledge about the military draft, the Geneva Conventions, and military medical ethics. Int J Health Serv. 2007; 37(4):643-50. PMID: 18072313.
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  41. Lasser KE, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S. Access to care, health status, and health disparities in the United States and Canada: results of a cross-national population-based survey. Am J Public Health. 2006 Jul; 96(7):1300-7. PMID: 16735628.
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  42. Lasser KE, Seger DL, Yu DT, Karson AS, Fiskio JM, Seger AC, Shah NR, Gandhi TK, Rothschild JM, Bates DW. Adherence to black box warnings for prescription medications in outpatients. Arch Intern Med. 2006 Feb 13; 166(3):338-44. PMID: 16476875.
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  43. Lasser KE, Mintzer IL, Lambert A, Cabral H, Bor DH. Missed appointment rates in primary care: the importance of site of care. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2005 Aug; 16(3):475-86. PMID: 16118837.
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  44. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, Distajo R, Lasser KE, McCormick D, Bor DH, Wolfe SM. America's neglected veterans: 1.7 million who served have no health coverage. Int J Health Serv. 2005; 35(2):313-23. PMID: 15932009.
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  45. Seton M, Jackson V, Lasser KE, Doppelt S, Pierre-Jacques M, Connelly M. Low 25-hydroxyvitamin D and osteopenia are prevalent in persons > or =55 yr with fracture at any site: a prospective, observational study of persons fracturing in the community. J Clin Densitom. 2005; 8(4):454-60. PMID: 16311431.
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  46. Lasser KE, Zeytinoglu H, Miller E, Becker AE, Hermann RC, Bor DH. Do women who screen positive for mental disorders in primary care have lower mammography rates? Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2003 May-Jun; 25(3):214-6. PMID: 12748035.
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  47. Lasser KE, Allen PD, Woolhandler SJ, Himmelstein DU, Wolfe SM, Bor DH. Timing of new black box warnings and withdrawals for prescription medications. JAMA. 2002 May 1; 287(17):2215-20. PMID: 11980521.
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  48. Lasser KE, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler SJ, McCormick D, Bor DH. Do minorities in the United States receive fewer mental health services than whites? Int J Health Serv. 2002; 32(3):567-78. PMID: 12211293.
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  49. Lasser K, Boyd JW, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, McCormick D, Bor DH. Smoking and mental illness: A population-based prevalence study. JAMA. 2000 Nov 22-29; 284(20):2606-10. PMID: 11086367.
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