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. Asfaw DA, Price ME, Carvalho KM, Pizer SD, Garrido MM. The effects of the Veterans Health Administration's Referral Coordination Initiative on referral patterns and waiting times for specialty care. Health Serv Res. 2024 Mar 30.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38553984
  2. Rush E, Ozmen O, Kim M, Ortegon ER, Jones M, Park BH, Pizer S, Trafton J, Brenner LA, Ward M, Nebeker JR. A framework for inferring and analyzing pharmacotherapy treatment patterns. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2024 Mar 08; 24(1):68. PMID: 38459459; PMCID: PMC10924394; DOI: 10.1186/s12911-024-02469-4;
  3. Shafer PR, Palani S, Saeed I, Legler A, Barr K, Carvalho K, Pizer SD. Costs and Productivity Benefits of the Department of Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act Scribes Trial. Value Health. 2024 Mar 08.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38462222
  4. Lum J, Sadej I, Pizer SD, Yee C. Telehealth Access and Substitution in the VHA. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 Feb; 39(Suppl 1):44-52. PMID: 38393611
  5. Li Y, Legler A, Tenso K, Garrido M, Pizer S. Impact of Medical Training Programs on Time-to-Fill Physician Vacancies at the Veterans Health Administration. Med Care. 2024 Mar 01; 62(3):182-188.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38180002
  6. Strombotne KL, Lum J, Pizer SD, Figueroa S, Frakt AB, Conlin PR. Clinical effectiveness and cost-impact after 2?years of a ketogenic diet and virtual coaching intervention for patients with diabetes. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2024 Mar; 26(3):1016-1022.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38082469
  7. Feyman Y, Pizer SD, Shafer PR, Frakt AB, Garrido MM. Measuring restrictiveness of Medicare Advantage networks: A claims-based approach. Health Serv Res. 2024 Feb; 59(1):e14255.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37953067; PMCID: PMC10771910; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14255;
  8. Edwards ST, O'Neill A, Niederhausen M, Salvi A, Laliberte A, Saha S, Hynes DM, Pizer S, Kinosian B. Trajectories of care and outcomes of Veterans receiving home-based primary care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2024 Jan; 72(1):80-90. PMID: 37772617
  9. Price ME, Gordon S, Emmitt C, Ndugga N, Kabdiyeva A, Mull H, Pizer S, Garrido MM. Growth of community-based immunotherapy treatment in the Veterans Health Administration. Cancer Med. 2023 Sep; 12(17):18110-18119.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37519258; PMCID: PMC10524003; DOI: 10.1002/cam4.6372;
  10. 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;
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