Steven D. Pizer, PhD
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, Boston College
AB, Harvard College

Dr. Pizer is Professor of Health Law, Policy, and Management and Director of the doctoral program in Health Services Research at the Boston University School of Public Health. He also serves as Chief Economist for the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He is currently directing studies of demand for care and access to care, as well as effects of workforce retention programs and health information exchange. Dr. Pizer also designs randomized and observational program evaluations and performance metrics for national VA program offices. Prior to his graduate training in economics, Dr. Pizer worked for the Massachusetts Legislature and for several consumer organizations concerned with state insurance regulation.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

We implemented a systematic review of our research activities to determine if we could add DEIJ analyses to our existing projects. That review will continue as we monitor progress on papers and projects. We have a paper under review that documents racial disparities in waiting times for outpatient care paid for by VA, with those disparities substantially worse when care is delivered by private providers compared to VA providers.

In the doctoral program we continue to recruit a diverse cohorts of students. We are tracking underrepresented minority and first-generation status as we conduct our applicant reviews.

At the VA, the administration is emphasizing DEIJ considerations when evaluating how program benefits are distributed. We are currently evaluating potential changes in national standards for access to care, and we will consider potential impacts on historically vulnerable populations in those evaluations.

VA Boston Healthcare System

PePREC VA Faculty and Staff Support Contract - 36C24E20D0016 VA Master Contract – Option Year 1 & 2
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

Training in Health Services Research for Vulnerable Populations
07/01/2019 - 06/30/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation HHS AHRQ

Detection of Unethical Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers
11/02/2018 - 09/30/2021 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Melissa Garrido, PhD
Laura and John Arnold Foundation

VA241-17-D-0092 VA Master Contract Task Order 14
09/15/2019 - 09/14/2021 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

VA241-17-D-0092 VA Master Contract Task Order 15
09/15/2019 - 09/14/2021 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

PePREC VA Faculty and Staff Support Contract - 36C24E20D0016 VA Master Contract - Task Order 36C24E20N0093
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2021 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

VA241-17-D-0092 VA Master Contract Task Order 12
08/01/2019 - 07/31/2021 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

VA Faculty and Staff Support Contract - Task Order 18
03/09/2020 - 03/08/2021 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

VA241-17-D-0092 VA Master Contract Task Order 13
09/15/2019 - 09/14/2020 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

VA241-17-D-0092 VA Master Contract Task Order 5
09/15/2018 - 09/14/2020 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

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  1. Palani S, Saeed I, Legler A, Sadej I, MacDonald C, Kirsh SR, Pizer SD, Shafer PR. Effect of a National VHA Medical Scribe Pilot on Provider Productivity, Wait Times, and Patient Satisfaction in Cardiology and Orthopedics. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 Jul; 38(Suppl 3):878-886.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37340268; PMCID: PMC10356725; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-023-08114-6;
  2. Tenso K, Pizer S, Palani S. Delivery system emergency department capacity and its effect on nonsystem service utilization. Acad Emerg Med. 2023 Apr; 30(4):359-367.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36797812
  3. Palani S, Garrido MM, Tenso K, Pizer SD. Community care emergency room use and specialty care leakage from Veterans Health Administration hospitals. Acad Emerg Med. 2023 Apr; 30(4):379-387.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36660799
  4. Richerson JT, Wagner TH, Abrams T, Skelton K, Biswas K, Illarmo S, McSherry F, Fallon MT, Frakt A, Pizer S, Magruder KM, Groer S, Dorn PA, Huang GD, Stock EM. Therapeutic and Economic Benefits of Service Dogs Versus Emotional Support Dogs for Veterans With PTSD. Psychiatr Serv. 2023 Aug 01; 74(8):790-800.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36718602
  5. Mull HJ, Kabdiyeva A, Ndugga N, Gordon SH, Garrido MM, Pizer SD. What is the role of selection bias in quality comparisons between the Veterans Health Administration and community care? Example of elective hernia surgery. Health Serv Res. 2023 Jun; 58(3):654-662.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36477645; PMCID: PMC10154155; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14113;
  6. Garrido MM, Pearson Sites E, Avila CJ, Pizer SD. Grading Evidence to Support Legislative and Budget Proposals-Veterans Health Administration's Key to Implementing the Evidence Act. Value Health. 2023 Jun; 26(6):902-908.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36332893; DOI: 10.1016/j.jval.2022.10.007;
  7. Feyman Y, Figueroa SM, Yuan Y, Price ME, Kabdiyeva A, Nebeker JR, Ward MC, Shafer PR, Pizer SD, Strombotne KL. Effect of mental health staffing inputs on suicide-related events. Health Serv Res. 2023 Apr; 58(2):375-382.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36089760; PMCID: PMC10012216; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14064;
  8. Garrido MM, Jones DK, Woodruff A, Strombotne K, Palani S, Zahakos S, Adelberg M, Pizer SD, Frakt AB. Detecting fraud, waste, and abuse in substance use disorder treatment. Health Serv Res. 2022 Oct; 57(5):997-1000.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35932224; PMCID: PMC9441269; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14046;
  9. Griffith KN, Schwartzman DA, Pizer SD, Bor J, Kolachalama VB, Jack B, Garrido MM. Local Supply Of Postdischarge Care Options Tied To Hospital Readmission Rates. Health Aff (Millwood). 2022 Jul; 41(7):1036-1044.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35787076; PMCID: PMC9342702; DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.01991;
  10. Minegishi T, Garrido MM, Lewis ET, Oliva EM, Pizer SD, Strombotne KL, Trafton JA, Tenso K, Sohoni PS, Frakt AB. Randomized Policy Evaluation of the Veterans Health Administration Stratification Tool for Opioid Risk Mitigation (STORM). J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Nov; 37(14):3746-3750.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35715661; PMCID: PMC9585134; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-022-07622-1;
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