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Health Policy & Economics

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The Division of Health Policy and Economics studies the U.S. healthcare system with the goal of making discoveries and recommendations for improvement.  We study the effects of public and private policies on provider organizations and the value of care delivered.  We focus on incentives, unintended consequences, and the impact of policies and organizational processes on socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities.  Our current areas of investigation are broad and include telehealth, private equity, physician management companies, horizontal and vertical consolidation of provider organizations, physician burnout and professionalism, physician turnover, the use of artificial intelligence in medical care, MIPS, alternative payment models, biosimilars, advance care planning, mental health and substance use disorder care, socioeconomic determinants of health, Medicaid, and the healthcare safety net.

Affiliated Education Program

Health Policy and Economics Master's Track

Current Research Highlights

Social Determinants of Health and Geographic Variation in Medicare per Beneficiary Spending

June 11, 2021

Although there is wide geographic variation in Medicare per beneficiary spending in the U.S., little research has been done about the extent to which social determinants of health (SDoH) are associated with this variation. In a study published in JAMA Network Open, a research team from the Division of Health...

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Predictors of SUDEP counseling and implications for designing interventions

June 11, 2021

In a new study published in Epilepsy & Behavior, Dr. Zachary Grinspan, associate professor of population health sciences, and colleagues researched how often and why clinicians counsel people with epilepsy about sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). To help understand the gaps in counseling, the researchers looked at clinical notes...

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New Medicaid Mandate Opens Door for More Diverse Clinical Trial Participation

May 24, 2021

A new federal mandate that requires Medicaid to cover clinical trial costs is an important step to increase racial and ethnic minority participation in research and improve access for low-income patients to advanced treatments, according to a new commentary co-authored by Weill Cornell Medicine health economist ...

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Population Health Sciences 402 E. 67th St. New York, NY 10065 Phone: (646) 962-8078

Faculty & Staff

Mohamed Al-Thani
Mohamed Al-Thani , MB, BCh
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Population Health Sciences (Courtesy)
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Caroline Andy
  • Research Assistant
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Peter Brian Bach , MD, MA
  • Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Hannah Bancroft
Hannah Bancroft
  • Temporary Research Assistant
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Yuhua Bao , PhD
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences in Psychiatry
(646) 962-8037
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Natasha Basma
  • Research Coordinator
Howard S. Berliner , ScD, MPS
  • Adjunct Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Tara Fernando Bishop
Tara Fernando Bishop , MD, MPH
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
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Amelia Bond
Amelia Bond , PhD
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8088
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Robert Tyler Braun , PhD, MS
  • Instructor in Population Health Sciences
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Gregory Burke , MPA
  • Lecturer in Population Health Sciences
Paul Casale
Paul Casale , MD, MPH
  • Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Professor of Clinical Medicine
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Lawrence P. Casalino, M.D., Ph.D., MPH
Lawrence Peter Casalino , MD, PhD, MPH
  • Chief of the Division of Health Policy and Economics
  • Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Livingston Farrand Professor of Public Health
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Sohaila Omer Cheema
Sohaila Omer Cheema , MPH, MB
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Melinda Ann Chen , MD, MS
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences (Courtesy)
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Oliver Thomas Fein
Oliver Thomas Fein , MD
  • Professor of Clinical Population Health Sciences
  • Professor of Clinical Medicine
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Penny H. Feldman , PhD, AM
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences (Courtesy)
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Madelon L. Finkel, Ph.D.
Madelon Finkel , PhD
  • Professor of Clinical Population Health Sciences
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Mark Alan Fontana , PhD, MA, ME
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Zachary Grinspan , MD, MS
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Nathaniel Hupert, M.D., MPH
Nathaniel Hupert , MD, MPH
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
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Phyllis Johnson, MBA
Phyllis Johnson , MBA
  • Programmer Analyst
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Hye-Young (Arian) Jung, Ph.D.
Hye-Young (Arian) Jung , PhD
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Lisa Michele Kern
Lisa Michele Kern , MD, MPH
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
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 Dhruv Khullar, M.D.
Dhruv Khullar , MD
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Healthcare Policy Research/Quality of Care Research
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Jing Li, Ph.D.
Jing Li , PhD
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Sze Yan Liu , PhD, MPH
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences (Courtesy)
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Larry Z. Liu , PhD, BM
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences (Courtesy)
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Keilee Luo
Keilee Luo
  • Research Assistant
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Jea Young Min , PhD
  • Research Associate in Population Health Sciences
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Eloise O'Donnell, MPH
Eloise O'Donnell , MPH
  • Senior Research Program Manager
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Timothy Richard Peng , PhD, MA
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences (Courtesy)
Michael F. Pesko
Michael F. Pesko , PhD, MA
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Harold Alan Pincus
  • Adjunct Professor of Population Health Sciences
Yuting Qian, MS
Yuting Qian , MS
  • Research Coordinator
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Aran Ron , MBA, MPH
  • Lecturer in Population Health Sciences (Courtesy)
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Hirsch S. Ruchlin , PhD, MA
  • Professor Emeritus of Economics in Population Health Sciences
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William Schpero , PhD
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Mark Unruh
Mark Unruh , PhD
  • Program Director of the M.S. in Health Policy and Economics
  • Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
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Joshua Ryan Vest
Joshua Ryan Vest , PhD, MPH
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Bruce C. Vladeck , PhD, MA
  • Professor of Population Health Sciences (Courtesy)
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Henry George Wei
Henry George Wei , MD, MA
  • Lecturer in Population Health Sciences (Courtesy)
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Jiani Yu , PhD
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Manyao Zhang, MS
Manyao Zhang , MS
  • Research Data Analyst
(646) 962-8119
Yongkang Zhang , PhD
  • Research Associate in Population Health Sciences
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Recent Faculty Publications

D.J. Bowen; Y. Bao; J.Anne Sirey; A.D.H. Ratzliff
2020
E.C. Wirrell; Z.M. Grinspan; K.G. Knupp; Y. Jiang; B. Hammeed; J.R. Mytinger; A.D. Patel; R. Nabbout; N. Specchio; H. Cross; R.A. Shellhaas
2020
Z.M. Grinspan; J.R. Mytinger; F.M. Baumer; M.A. Ciliberto; B.H. Cohen; D.J. Dlugos; C. Harini; S.A. Hussain; S.M. Joshi; C.G. Keator; K.G. Knupp; P.E. McGoldrick; K.C. Nickels; J.T. Park; A. Pasupuleti; A.D. Patel; A.M. Shahid; R.A. Shellhaas; D.W. Shrey; R.K. Singh; S.M. Wolf; E.G. Yozawitz; C.J. Yuskaitis; J.L. Waugh; P.L. Pearl
2020
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