Karen E. Lasser, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine Section

MD, Cornell University Medical College
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health



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.

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences


Boston Medical Center



2010 Society of General Internal Medicine, Distinguished Professor Program: Best Oral Presentation
2010 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine: Honorable Mention for Research Achievement in Health Services and Outcomes Research
2009 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine: Daniel Ford Award for Research Achievement in Health Services and Outcomes Research
2009 Boston University School of Medicine: Honorable Mention for Best Poster, Evans Department of Medicine Research Days
2004 Harvard Medical School: Scholars in Medicine Award
2003-2012 Who’s Who in Health Care and Medicine
2003-2012 Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
1998 Boston Medical Center: R. Knight Steele Award for Excellence in Geriatric Clinical Medicine
1998-2001 Harvard Medical School: HRSA Institutional National Research Service Award
1995 American Medical Student Association: International Medicine Fellowship
1995 Cornell University Medical College: Milton A. Rosenbluth International Medicine Fellowship


Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program UL1
05/01/2008 - 04/30/2012 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: David M. Center, MD
NIH/National Center for Health Research Resources
3UL1RR025771-04


Patient Navigation and Financial Incentives to Promote Smoking Cessation
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
American Cancer Soc

Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice
07/15/2012 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
NIH-NIDA
4R01 DA034252-05

Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice
07/15/2012 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
NIH-NIDA
5R01 DA034252-04

A Patient Expansion of the Diabetes Research Center's Pilot & Feasibility Program
02/01/2015 - 06/30/2016 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University NIH

Implementation of a Hepatitis C Treatment Program in Primary Care at an Urban Safety-net Hospital…
12/01/2015 - 04/30/2016 (PI)
Cornell University NIH-NIDA

The Effects of Massachusetts Healthcare Reform on Access to Care & Disparities
11/01/2011 - 10/31/2013 (PI)
Rx Foundation

Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Detection in Community Health Centers
10/26/2009 - 12/31/2010 (PI)
American Cancer Soc


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.

  1. Lasser KE, Hanchate AD, McCormick D, Walley AY, Saitz R, Lin MY, Kressin NR. Massachusetts Health Reform''s Effect on Hospitalizations with Substance Use Disorder-Related Diagnoses. Health Serv Res. 2017 May 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28523674.
  2. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28152644; DOI: 10.1177/0020731416689549;.
  3. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28035253; DOI: 10.4251/wjgo.v8.i12.826;.
  4. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27261638; PMCID: PMC4989238; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000575;.
  5. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27513998; PMCID: PMC4993113; DOI: 10.5888/pcd13.160160;.
  6. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27500666; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.12542;.
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27092738.
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26362691; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2015.09.005;.
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26256769; DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2015.06.018;.
  10. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25974844; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000349;.
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Bar chart showing 50 publications over 16 distinct years, with a maximum of 8 publications in 2008

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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Diabetes
Health Care Disparities
Hepatitis C
Prescription opioid use
Quality of Care
Smoking cessation

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