Karl Lorenz

Affiliated Adjunct Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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M.D., Medical College of Georgia; M.S. in health services, UCLA School of Public Health

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Karl Lorenz is a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and professor of medicine and section chief of palliative medicine for the VA Palo Alto and Stanford University palliative care programs. He also serves as director of the VA Palliative Care Quality Improvement Resource Center based at the VA Palo Alto, which focuses on quality improvement and developing provider-facing software tools for use with the VA's electronic medical record in order to improve the delivery of palliative and end-of-life care.

At RAND, Lorenz's work has included evidence synthesis in the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center (a center within RAND Health); the development of quality measures for palliative and end-of-life care with the Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders project and Cancer Quality ASSIST; work for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on hospice reimbursement; and NIH-funded research.

He is a former VA Career Development awardee and was a Commonwealth Packer Health Policy Fellow in 2007-2008, during which he was placed with Cancer Australia to study the organizational dynamics of quality measurement and improvement in the Australian cancer care system.

Lorenz received his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia and his M.S. in health services from the UCLA School of Public Health.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles; Director, VA Palliative Care Quality Improvement

Recent Projects

  • Leading development of RAND Cancer Quality ASSIST--a set of comprehensive supportive care quality indicators for cancer care
  • Piloting ASSIST and ACOVE palliative and end-of-life care quality indicators
  • Evaluating the role of routine pain measurement in outpatient settings
  • Developing and implementing electronic medical record-based tools to improve the appropriateness and process of palliative consultation
  • As Packer Health Policy fellow, evaluating organizational issues in quality of cancer care in Australia

Selected Publications

Karl A. Lorenz et al., "Changes in Symptoms and Health-Related Quality of Life in a Nationally Representative Sample of Adults in Treatment for HIV," Quality of Life Research, 15(6), 2006

Karl A. Lorenz et al., "Health Care Policy Issues in End-of-Life Care," Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9(3), 2006

Karl A. Lorenz et al., "Quality Measures for Symptoms and Advance Care Planning in Cancer: A Systematic Review," Journal of Clinical Oncology, 24(30), 2006

K. A. Lorenz et al., "Religiousness and Spirituality Among HIV-Infected Americans," Journal of Palliative Medicine, 8(4), 2005



Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: WMET

Commentary: Newsweek


  • An elderly man in a hospital bed visits with his family

    Let People Make Their Own End-of-Life Decisions

    Major advances in health technology have helped people to live longer, but not necessarily better, lives. Medicare recently announced plans to reimburse providers for time spent counseling patients and their caregivers about the kind of care patients would want to receive near the end of their lives.

    Jul 15, 2015 Newsweek

  • Collateral Damage in the Ruckus Over Healthcare Reform

    What can you choose when life restricts you to the narrow width of a hospital bed and your view is one of life's final horizon, ask Steven M. Asch, Karl Lorenz, and Diane Meier.

    Sep 11, 2009 CNN.com