Lisa M. Lines

Health Services Researcher

Lisa M. Lines


  • PhD, Clinical and Population Health Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • MPH, Health Policy, University of Massachusetts
  • BS, Technical Communication, Northeastern University

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Lisa M. Lines, PhD, MPH, has an extensive background in both managing and contributing to successful research projects for public and private clients. She is experienced in program evaluations, large-scale database analyses, and interactive decision-analytic models, as well as literature reviews and policy analyses.

Among other projects, Dr. Lines’s current research focus involves supporting the National Cancer Institute in developing, maintaining, refining, and analyzing the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) - Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) linked database. She is helping to use and disseminate these data to understand the associations between patient experiences, individual characteristics, quality of care, and outcomes for people with and without cancer.

Dr. Lines has published in a wide variety of subject areas, including health policy and payment reform; health care quality; risk adjustment; guideline adherence and diffusion of innovation; cost-effectiveness and affordability issues; burden of illness and out-of-pocket expenditures; and disparities and inequities. She has been honored by RTI with two Highly Published Author Awards (2018 and 2010), the Highly Cited Author Award (2017), an Early Career Author Award (2015), an RTI Team Award (2015), an Internal Research & Development Award (2014), and a Professional Development Award (2013).

She chairs the Health Equity Committee for the Medical Care section of the American Public Health Association, serves on the Editorial Board of Medical Care, and co-edits The Medical Care Blog. In 2018, she received the APHA Medical Care Section Award.