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

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 - 04/30/2013 (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. Pace CA, Gergen-Barnett K, Veidis A, D'Afflitti J, Worcester J, Fernandez P, Lasser KE. Warm Handoffs and Attendance at Initial Integrated Behavioral Health Appointments. Ann Fam Med. 2018 Jul; 16(4):346-348.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29987084.
     
  2. Husain JM, LaRochelle M, Keosaian J, Xuan Z, Lasser KE, Liebschutz JM. Reasons for Opioid Discontinuation and Unintended Consequences Following Opioid Discontinuation Within the TOPCARE Trial. Pain Med. 2018 Jun 27.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29955866.
     
  3. Liebschutz JM, Lange AV, Heymann OD, Lasser KE, Corey P, Shanahan CW, Kopinski HS, Husain JM, Cushman PA, Parker VA. Communication between nurse care managers and patients who take opioids for chronic pain: Strategies for exploring aberrant behavior. J Opioid Manag. 2018 May/Jun; 14(3):191-202.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30044484.
     
  4. Wiener RS, Koppelman E, Bolton R, Lasser KE, Borrelli B, Au DH, Slatore CG, Clark JA, Kathuria H. Patient and Clinician Perspectives on Shared Decision-making in Early Adopting Lung Cancer Screening Programs: a Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Jul; 33(7):1035-1042.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29468601.
     
  5. Lasser KE, Lunze K, Cheng DM, Blokhina E, Walley AY, Tindle HA, Quinn E, Gnatienko N, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. Depression and smoking characteristics among HIV-positive smokers in Russia: A cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 2018; 13(2):e0189207.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29408935.
     
  6. Wilper A, Woolhandler S, Lasser KE, Mccormick D, Bor DH, Himmelstein DU. Dr Dr aft: 2nd P aft: 2nd P. 2018.
     
  7. Wilper A, Woolhandler S, Lasser KE, Mccormick D, Cutrona S, Bor DH, Himmelstein DU. Overcrowding by patients unable to obtain nonurgent care elsewhere might be worsening care for those with truly urgent conditions. 2018.
     
  8. Lasser KE, Quintiliani LM, Truong V, Xuan Z, Murillo J, Jean C, Pbert L. Effect of Patient Navigation and Financial Incentives on Smoking Cessation Among Primary Care Patients at an Urban Safety-Net Hospital: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Dec 01; 177(12):1798-1807.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29084312; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.4372;.
     
  9. Liebschutz JM, Xuan Z, Shanahan CW, LaRochelle M, Keosaian J, Beers D, Guara G, O'Connor K, Alford DP, Parker V, Weiss RD, Samet JH, Crosson J, Cushman PA, Lasser KE. Improving Adherence to Long-term Opioid Therapy Guidelines to Reduce Opioid Misuse in Primary Care: A Cluster-Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Sep 01; 177(9):1265-1272.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28715535.
     
  10. Lasser KE. Prescription Opioid Use Among U.S. Adults: Our Brave New World. Ann Intern Med. 2017 09 05; 167(5):351-352. PMID: 28761948.
     
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Bar chart showing 66 publications over 17 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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