Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH

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“My goal as a family physician and preventive health researcher is to make it easier and more convenient for patients to do the things they need to do to stay healthy.”

Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Family Physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group
Professor, Department of Health Systems Science, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

Bev.B.Green@kp.org
206-287-2997

Biography

Beverly Green, MD, MPH, is a physician-scientist known for pioneering work in preventive and evidence-based medicine. With a goal of improving systems of care, she designs and evaluates programs that make effective treatment easier for patients to follow—and easier for providers to deliver.

Dr. Green’s research has a strong public health focus, targeting conditions that affect large proportions of the population, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity.  She also emphasizes leveraging technologies and systems-based care.

In 2016 Dr. Green launched the BP-CHECK study, which aims to find the easiest, most accurate way to diagnose high blood pressure. With a $2.8 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the study will compare blood pressure readings taken in clinic, at home, and at validated blood pressure kiosks to the 24-hour blood pressure test that is currently considered the gold standard for diagnosing hypertension.

Dr. Green’s previous research has shown that:

  • At-home blood pressure checks, EHR-linked secure e-mail, and pharmacist care doubled hypertension control.
  • Online care provided by a dietician can help people with high blood pressure eat healthier and lose weight.
  • Over a five-year study, patients who were enrolled in an automated mailed program including annual FIT kits and information on other recommended colon cancer screening tests were up-to-date on recommended colorectal cancer screening over 30 percent more of the time than people who got traditional care.

She is now working to translate similar innovative approaches to care into community settings through collaborations with the OCHIN Practice-Based Research Network and two large health insurance plans that provide Medicaid insurance to low-income individuals and families.

She is also a core member of the Alliance for Reducing Cancer, Northwest, a collaborative team of cancer prevention and control experts and community stakeholders whose mission is build relationships between researchers and community partners, conduct cancer-related research, and translate research into community practice.

Dr. Green was honored by Kaiser Permanente Washington in 1999 for her contributions to clinical quality improvement and was a finalist for the organization's 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award. She was as an associate editor for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine from 2009 to 2014. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice. She is also a fellow of the American Heart Association, an honor given for contributions to the field. Dr. Green has served as an associate clinical professor at the UW School of Medicine since 1992.

Research interests and experience

 

Recent publications

Nielson CM, Vollmer W, Petrik AF, Keast EM, Green BB, Coronado GD. Factors affecting adherence in a pragmatic trial of annual fecal immunochemical testing for colorectal cancer.  J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Jan 25. doi: 10.1007/s11606-018-4820-0. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Meenan RT, Coronado JD, Petrik AF, Green BB. A cost-effectiveness analysis of a colorectal cancer screening program in safety net clinics. Prev Med. 2019 Jan 24. pii: S0091-7435(19)30021-0. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2019.01.014. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Cohen JB, Padwal RS, Gutkin M, Green BB, Bloch MJ, Germino FW, Sica DA, Viera AJ, Bluml BM, White WB, Taler SJ, Yarows S, Shimbo D, Townsend RR. History and justification of a national blood pressure measurement validated device listing. Hypertension. 2018 Dec 24:HYPERTENSIONAHA11811990. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.11990. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Coury JK, Schneider JL, Green BB, Baldwin LM, Petrik AF, Rivelli JS, Schwartz MR, Coronado GD. Two Medicaid health plans' models and motivations for improving colorectal cancer screening rates. Transl Behav Med. 2018 Nov 16. pii: 5184635. doi: 10.1093/tbm/iby094. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Green BB. Colorectal cancer control: where have we been and where should we go next? JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Oct 15. pii: 2706173. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.4627. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

 

From research to practice

Instruction sheet for screening to prevent colon cancer

Making colon cancer screening easier for patients

KPWHRI’s Kilian Kimbel reflects on how the SOS study helped pave the way for a new program to find colon cancer early.

Practical findings

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Is blood pressure reading better at home or clinic?

Home blood pressure monitoring shown to be an excellent alternative for making new diagnoses of hypertension.

New findings

Senior adult male sitting at table taking blood pressure with a blood pressure machine

There’s no place like home … to track blood pressure

Research led by KPWHRI’s Beverly Green, MD, MPH, finds that patients prefer at-home monitoring of blood pressure. 

KPWHRI in the Media

Study led by Dr. Beverly Green finds home blood pressure monitoring is an excellent alternative for diagnosing hypertension

Your blood pressure reading is likely more accurate at home

VeryWell Health, March 16, 2022