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

Associate 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

Simon GE, Coronado G, DeBar LL, Dember LM, Green BB, Huang SS, Jarvik JG, Mor V, Ramsberg J, Septimus EJ, Staman KL, Vazquez MA, Vollmer WM, Zatzick D, Hernandez AF, Platt R. Data sharing and embedded research: introduction. In: Rethinking Clinical Trials: A Living Textbook of Pragmatic Clinical Trials. Bethesda, MD: NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory.

Simon GE, Coronado G, DeBar LL, Dember LM, Green BB, Huang SS, Jarvik JG, Mor V, Ramsberg J, Septimus EJ, Staman KL, Vazquez MA, Vollmer WM, Zatzick D, Hernandez AF, Platt R. Data sharing and embedded research. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Nov 7;167(9):668-670. doi: 10.7326/M17-0863. Epub 2017 Oct 3. PubMed

Tucker KL, Sheppard JP, Stevens R, Bosworth HB, Bove A, Bray EP, Earle K, George J, Godwin M, Green BB, Hebert P, Hobbs FDR, Kantola I, Kerry SM, Leiva A, Magid DJ, Mant J, Margolis KL, McKinstry B, McLaughlin MA, Omboni S, Ogedegbe O, Parati G, Qamar N, Tabaei BP, Varis J, Verberk WJ, Wakefield BJ, McManus RJ. Self-monitoring of blood pressure in hypertension: a systematic review and individual patient data meta-analysis. PLoS Med. 2017 Sep 19;14(9):e1002389. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002389. eCollection 2017 Sep. PubMed

Weinfurt KP, Hernandez AF, Coronado GD, DeBar LL, Dember LM, Green BB, Heagerty PJ, Huang SS, James KT, Jarvik JG, Larson EB, Mor V, Platt R, Rosenthal GE, Septimus EJ, Simon GE, Staman KL, Sugarman J, Vazquez M, Zatzick D, Curtis LH. Pragmatic clinical trials embedded in healthcare systems: generalizable lessons from the NIH Collaboratory. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2017 Sep 18;17(1):144. doi: 10.1186/s12874-017-0420-7. PubMed

 

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.

Latest News

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.

healthy findings blog

How a physician-scientist studying blood pressure became a patient too

Dr. Beverly Green, PCORI-funded BP-CHECK leader, reflects on her professional interest in hypertension getting up close and personal

Read it in Healthy Findings