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
Physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, Family 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

Tuzzio L, Meyers CM, Dember LM, Grudzen CR, Melnick ER, Staman KL, Huang SS, Richards J, DeBar L, Vazquez MA, Green BB, Coronado GD, Jarvik JG, Braciszewski J, Ho M, Wells BL, James K, Toto R, D'Onofrio G, Volandes A, Kuklinski MR, Catalano RF, Sterling SA, Morse EF, Curtis L, Larson EB. Accounting for quality improvement during the conduct of embedded pragmatic clinical trials within healthcare systems: NIH collaboratory case studies. Healthc (Amst). 2021 Jun;8 Suppl 1:100432. doi: 10.1016/j.hjdsi.2020.100432. Epub 2021 Jun 23. PubMed

Green BB, Anderson ML, Cook AJ, Chubak J, Fuller S, Meenan RT, Vernon SW. A centralized mailed program with stepped support increases time in compliance with colorectal cancer screening over 9 years: a randomized trial a randomized controlled trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 May 28:1-8. doi: 10.1007/s11606-021-06922-2. Epub ahead of print. PubMed

Bress AP, Cohen JB, Anstey DE, Conroy MB, Ferdinand KC, Fontil V, Margolis KL, Muntner P, Millar MM, Okuyemi KS, Rakotz MK, Reynolds K, Safford MM, Shimbo D, Stuligross J, Green BB, Mohanty AF. Inequities in hypertension control in the United States exposed and exacerbated by COVID-19 and the role of home blood pressure and virtual health care during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 Jun;10(11):e020997. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.121.020997. Epub 2021 May 19. PubMed

Huguet N, Larson A, Angier H, Marino M, Green BB, Moreno L, DeVoe JE. Rates of undiagnosed hypertension and diagnosed hypertension without anti-hypertensive medication following the Affordable Care Act. Am J Hypertens. 2021 Apr 30:hpab069. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpab069. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Shay LA, Kimbel KJ, Dorsey CN, Jauregui LC, Vernon SW, Kullgren JT, Green BB. Patients' reactions to being offered financial incentives to increase colorectal screening: a qualitative analysis. Am J Health Promot. 2021 Mar;35(3):421-429. doi: 10.1177/0890117120987836. Epub 2021 Jan 28. PubMed

 

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