Seyed Moaven Razavi


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Office: Heller-Brown Building 210
Phone: 781-736-8679
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Health Economics, Outcome Research, Healthcare Data Science, Healthcare Evaluation Research, Health Insurance, Health Services Research, Modeling and Simulation, Healthcare Data Mining and Data Analytics, Development of Efficiency Dashboards, Healthcare Predictive Models, Provider Payment Reform, Health Financing Reform, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, Behavioral Economics of Healthcare, Evaluation Research, Quantitative Research, Applications of Information Technology (IT) in Health Policy and Health Services Research


  • HS 256f - Healthcare Data Analytics and Data Mining
  • HS 330f - International Health Economics
  • HS 338f - Introduction to Data Analytics and Visualization
  • HS 339f - Advanced Topics in Health Care Data Analytics and Data Mining
  • HS 340f - Advanced International Health Economics
  • HS 341f - Applied Data Analytics and Data Mining
  • HS 349f - Introduction to Health Economics
  • HS 402f - Research Methods


  • Brandeis University
  • Brandeis University
  • Institute for Research and Planning and Development
  • Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology

Seyed Moaven Razavi



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Moaven Razavi, PhD is a Scientist in the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at the Heller School of Brandeis University.
From 1997-2005, he held a faculty appointment in the Institute for Management and Planning Studies (IMPS) in Tehran, Iran where he also served as the Director of the Bureau for Research of the Institute from 2003 to 2005. He was also a member of Iran’s National Committee of Health Sector Reform from 2002 to 2005.

In 2005, Dr. Razavi was awarded an International Ford Foundation Fellowship in International Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and one year later he was awarded the Heller School Scholarship for the PhD program in Health Policy. He officially joined the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy in 2008. At the Schneider Institutes, he worked with the Institute for Global Health as well as the Institutes on Health Care Systems. Outside Brandeis he was a co-recipient of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Clinical Innovation Award (2008) and presented his research to the Massachusetts Medical Society in competition for the MMS Information Technology Award 2009.

He served as the task lead for Identification of Inefficiencies in Health Care Spending for State of Vermont and served as co-investigator of the Medicare Health Plan Value Methodology, and played key roles in other health policy research projects including membership in the Technical Assistance Team to the Beacon Community Medicare Claims Data Performance Measurement project for CMS. The project Episode Grouper for Medicare is another federally funded project in which Dr. Razavi had significant contributions in particular in risk adjustment models and the algorithms of attribution of episodes to multiple providers.

Gaining from a multidisciplinary training in electronic engineering and computer science, economics, healthcare management, and health policy, in the era of healthcare big data, Dr. Razavi remains an active player in healthcare data science research and education. His most recent academic and research activities include design of new courses in healthcare data science and analytics to be offered in Fall 2018, serving as the PI for the project “Applications of Text Analytics and Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Healthcare Unstructured Big Data” and involving in certain type of research that require state of the art knowledge of data and analytics. He currently sits on the technical advisory committee sponsored by the Tufts CTSI Informatics Strategy where the data scientists from Tufts, Brandeis, MIT, and Northeastern come together to support the development of an environment that facilitates working with analytic and predictive models, merge language and approaches around doing things that will have an impact on health, utilizing statistics, informatics, data base access, data coordinating center, etc. In this advisory role Dr. Razavi provides input to design and build the Tufts Analytics Platform TAP, a platform-as-service tool that will support new applications of data science in translational research. The Tufts Analytic Platform is strategically aligned with NIH/NCATS vision for Informatics to support Clinical and Translational Science by developing novel approaches to aggregate, standardize and analyze data to improve health, prevent and detect disease at an earlier stage, and personalize interventions. The other mission of this advisory committee is to support efforts in answering unmet need for integrated informatics and analytics infrastructure as well as tools and methods. In this line of research he has published scholarly articles in predictive models including a pharma sponsored predictive model for post surgical procedures infections and complications among Medicare beneficiaries using large insurance claim databases.

Dr. Razavi has received research support from diverse institutions such as Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), states of Vermont and Mississippi, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GSK pharmaceutical Co., The World Bank, World Health Organization, and NIH through multiple sources including Tufts CTSI. He advises MS and PhD students and teaches courses in health economics, research method, and healthcare data science and data analytics.

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 Prorgam Recongition Award PRA for Quality Payment Prorgam /Merit Based Incentive Payment System/Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (2017)
  • Ford Foundation Scholarship for Brandeis University. (2005)


  • Efat Mohamadi, Alireza Olyaeemanesh, Arash Rashidian, Ali Hassanzadeh, Moaven Razavi, and Abbas Rahimi Foroushani. "Stakeholders Analysis of Health Insurance Benefit Package Policy in Iran." Health Scope 7(2):e63165. 7(2):e63165 (2019): 1.
  • Efat Mohamadi, Alireza Olyaeemanesh, Arash Rashidian, Ali Hassanzadeh, Moaven Razavi. "Policy Analysis, Problem Identification and Proposing Policy Options for Health Insurance Benefit Package in Iran (Published in Farsi (Persian) langauge)." Hakim Health Systems Research Journal 21(3). 3 (2019): 153-172.
  • Nejati M, Razavi M, Harirchi I, Zendehdel K, Nejati P. "The impact of provider payment reforms and associated care delivery models on cost and quality in cancer care: A systematic literature review.." PLoS ONE April 5, 2019. 14(4) (2019): 1.
  • Ben Walker, John McGown, Diana Bowser, Alison Patev, Frances Reade, Maoven Razavi, David Dzielek, and Linda Southward. "An Assessment of Emergency Department Use Among Mississippi’s Medicaid Population." Journal of Mississippi Medical Association 56. 5 (2016): 120-4.
  • Tschampl, Cynthia A., Garnick, D.W., Zuroweste, E., Razavi, M., and Shepard, D.S. "Use of transnational services to prevent treatment interruption in tuberculosis-infected persons who leave the United States." Emerging Infectious Diseases 22. 3 (2016): 417-425.
  • Reza F. Saidi, Moaven Razavi, A. Benedict Cosimi, and Dicken S. C. Ko. "Competition in Liver Transplantation: Helpful or Harmful?." LIVER TRANSPLANTATION 21. (2015): 145-150.
  • Moaven Razavi, Donald S. Shepard, Jose A. Suaya, William B. Stason. "Postoperative Staphylococcus aureus Infections in Medicare Beneficiaries." PLoS ONE 9. 11 (2014): 1-10.
  • Moaven Razavi, Stephen Fournier, Donald S. Shepard, Grant Ritter, Gail K. Strickler, William B. Stason. "Effects of Lifestyle Modification Programs on Cardiac Risk Factors." PLoS ONE 9. 12: e114772. doi:10.1371 (2014): 1-16.
  • Luca M. Bigatello, Houman Amirfarzan, Asieh K. Haghighi, Beverly Newhouse, J. Mauricio Del Rio, Kathrin Allen, Anne Chang, Ulrich Schmidt, Moaven Razavi. "Effects of routine monitoring of delirium in a surgical / trauma intensive care unit." Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 74. 3 (2013): 876–883.
  • Wu Zeng, William B. Stason, , Stephen Fournier, Moaven Razavi, Grant Ritter, Gail K. Strickler, Sarita M. Bhalotra Donald S. Shepard. "Benefits and costs of intensive lifestyle modification programs for symptomatic coronary disease in Medicare beneficiaries." American Heart Journal (2013).
  • Christopher P. Tompkins, Timothy C. Martin, Grant A. Ritter, John D. Chapman, Moaven Razavi, Sandra Lesikar, Kristine Martin Anderson, Catherine Eikel Major. Medicare Spending per Beneficiary. 2012.
  • Jennifer Perloff, Moaven Razavi, Cindy Thomas, John Chapman, Chris Tompkins, and Deloitte LLP Actuary team. Medicare Health Plan Value Methodology (submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). 2012.
  • Robert Mechanic, Jennifer Perloff, Darren Zinner, Moaven Razavi, Michael J. Keane. Evaluation of HHS Delivery System Reform Efforts and Affordable Care Act Provisions: Consolidated Evaluation Design Recommendations. 2012.
  • Moaven Razavi. "Impact of Structural Adjustment Programs on Health Care Financing in Iran." Diss. Brandeis University, May 2011.
  • William B. Stason, Moaven Razavi, Deborah S. Jacobs, Donald S. Shepard, Jose A. Suaya, Johns L, Perry Rosenthal. "Clinical benefits of the Boston ocular surface prosthesis." American Journal of Ophthalmology Volume 149. Issue 1 (2010): Pages 54-61.
  • A.K. Nandakumar, Marwa Farag, Moaven Razavi, Oladipo Fadayomi, Ndidiamaka Obadan, Joanne Beswick. "Barriers to Access to Health Care: An analysis of burden of disease, service utilization and health outcomes by income quintiles.
  • A.K. Nandakumar, Ndidiamaka Obadan, Moaven Razavi, Joanne Beswick , Nellie El Ghossaini. "Burden of Disease and Health Financing in the Middle East and Northern Africa Region.
  • Donald S. Shepard, Moaven Razavi, William B. Stason, Deborah S. Jacobs, Jose A. Suaya, Mark Cohen, Perry Rosenthal. "Economic appraisal of the Boston ocular surface prosthesis." American Journal of Ophthalmology 148. 6 (2009): 860-868.
  • Gary Gaumer, Moaven Razavi,Stanley Wallack, A.K. Nandakumar. "Concept Note: An Optimization Based Model for Examining the Effectiveness of Alternative Barrier Reduction Policies to the Introduction of New Health Technologies in Developing Countries." 2009.
  • Moaven Razavi, Donald S. Shepard, Sarita M. Bhalotra, Gail K. Strickler, Grant Ritter, William B. Stason. Evaluation of Lifestyle Modification and Cardiac Rehabilitation in Medicare Beneficiaries: Effectiveness of Lifestyle Modification Programs in Changing Behaviors of Elders. Washington, DC Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: 2009.
  • Razavi Moaven, A.K. Nandakumar, Stanley Wallack, Gary Gaumer. "Achieving a Better Understanding of The Malaria Control System." 2009.
  • Razavi Moaven, Donald S. Shepard, Sarita M. Bhalotra, Gail K. Strickler, Grant Ritter, William B. Stason. Evaluation of Lifestyle Modification and Cardiac Rehabilitation in Medicare Beneficiaries: Effectiveness of Lifestyle Modification Programs in Changing Behaviors of Elders. 2009.
  • Sarita M. Bhalotra, Moaven Razavi, Donald S. Shepard, Gail Strickler, Grant Ritter, William B. Stason. Evaluation of Lifestyle Modification and Cardiac Rehabilitation in Medicare Beneficiaries: Perspectives from a Beneficiary Survey: Enrollment into Lifestyle Modification Programs. 2009.
  • Razavi Moaven, Gary Gaumer, Stanley Wallack (Editors). "What is Known About Demand and Other Related Interventions to Improve Access and Strengthen Health Care Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries?." 2008.
  • Moaven Razavi, Ali Hassanzadeh, Kavous Basmenji. Fairness in Financial Contribution in Health System. Tehran, Iran: Andishmand Publication Inc., 2005.
  • Moaven Razavi, Amirhoushang Mehryar, Ali Hassanzadeh. The Relationships between Poverty and Healthcare Financing. Teharan, Iran Population Studies and Research Center for Asia and the Pacific: 2005.
  • Millennium Development Goals Research Team. The First Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report 2004: Achievements and challenges. The United Nations: 2004.
  • Moaven Razavi. "Redistribution Impacts of Government Subsidies, Cash Assistance Programs, and In-kind Programs: An Empirical Study Based on Households Survey Data." Iranian Economy. Ed. Mohammad Tabibian. Tehran, Iran: Institute for Research in Planning and Development, 1999
  • Nili Farhad, Reza S. Mahani, and Moaven Razavi. "Analysis of the trends of poverty, income distribution and social welfare." Iranian Economy. Ed. Masoud Nili. Tehran, Iran: Institute for Research in Planning and Development (IRPD), 1997