Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH

“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
Physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, Family Medicine

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 through with—and easier for providers to deliver.

Dr. Green’s research has a strong public health emphasis, targeting conditions that impact large proportions of the population, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity, with an emphasis on 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
  • colorectal cancer screening rates more than doubled with the use of electronic health record data, mailed stool kits, and stepped-intensity interventions for those still needed screening.

She is currently 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 to evaluate and respond to gaps in the Guide to Community Preventive Services (the Community Guide).

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 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 Society of Hypertension, 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

Angier H, Huguet N, Marino M, Green B, Holderness H, Gold R, Hoopes M, DeVoe J. Observational study protocol for evaluating control of hypertension and the effects of social determinants. BMJ Open. 2019 Mar 15;9(3):e025975. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025975. PubMed

Muntner P, Einhorn PT, Cushman WC, Whelton PK, Bello NA, Drawz PE, Green BB, Jones DW, Juraschek SP, Margolis KL, Miller ER 3rd, Navar AM, Ostchega Y, Rakotz MK, Rosner B, Schwartz JE, Shimbo D, Stergiou GS, Townsend RR, Williamson JD, Wright JT Jr, Appel LJ; 2017 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Working Group. Blood pressure assessment in adults in clinical practice and clinic-based research: JACC scientific expert panel. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019;73(3):317-335. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.10.069. PubMed

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

 

innovating care

How to maximize screening for colon cancer

Research informs care as Kaiser Permanente Washington, exceeding 80 percent screening rate, launches home-based 'FIT First' pilot.

Read about it in News and Events.

Healthy Findings Blog

Community health centers can boost colon cancer screening

Dr. Beverly Green describes working with Kaiser Permanente Northwest to reduce cancer screening disparities.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

Colorectal cancer

SOS colon cancer screening program shows 5-year success

Home tests help people get recommended screening, Dr. Beverly Green reports, supporting Kaiser Permanente programs that mail test kits to members.

Read about it in Healthy Findings.

hypertension

Diagnosing high blood pressure: Who knew it could be so complicated?

High blood pressure is a well-known health risk. But diagnosing it can be challenging. With patient advisors, the BP-CHECK study aims to find an easier way.

Read it in News and Events.