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Executive Committee

AschDavid Asch, MD, MBA is Co-Director of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Executive Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Innovation, a program that spans the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Perelman School of Medicine and aims to advance their missions through the disciplined creation, evaluation, and implementation of change. He is Co-Director of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program. Dr. Asch’s research aims to understand and improve how physicians and patients make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically charged settings, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies, the purchase of insurance, and personal health behaviors. His research combines elements of economic analysis with moral and psychological theory and marketing. He teaches health policy at the Wharton School and he practices internal medicine at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he created and from 2001 to 2012 directed the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. From 1998 to 2012 he was Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Dr. Asch can be found here.


Judith LongJudith Long, MD is the Director of the Master of Science in Health Policy Research program and Co-Director of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, as well as core faculty for the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion and a member of both the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism. Dr. Long trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholarship at Yale. Dr. Long’s research focuses on social determinants of health and health care especially as they pertain to socioeconomic and racial disparities. Dr. Long assesses these issues in the context of chronic disease, especially diabetes, using established measures to gauge disease specific medical outcomes. Among others things, recent research has focused on interventions to aimed at improving glucose control in low income and minority populations using peer mentors and financial incentives as well as evaluating delivery of care for patients with both diabetes and serious mental illness. Additional information about Dr. Long can be found here.


Nandita Mitra, PhDNandita Mitra, PhD is Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA in Mathematics from Brown University, MA in Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Columbia University. She joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Statistical Genetics at Harvard and after serving on the faculty of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.Her primary research interests include analytic methods for observational data, causal inference, health economics, and statistical genetics. She has developed statistical methods to estimate propensity score adjusted net monetary benefit measures which are now widely used in the field of health economics. Dr. Mitra teaches Applied Regression Analysis for Health Policy in the MSHP program. She is an Associate Member of the Abramson Cancer Center and a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute.  Dr. Mitra serves as Associate Director of Educational Programs in the division of Biostatistics and  Director of Statistics for the MSHP program.


Schapiro Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH is a clinician-investigator in the area of risk communication and medical decision-making. She has conducted original research in the development and evaluation of decision-aids for prostate cancer treatment and postmenopausal hormone therapy. Dr. Schapira has focused her area of investigation on how patients understand and use quantitative information in the context of clinical decision-making and doctor-patient communication. She has expertise in the measurement of risk perceptions, patient preferences, and quality of life. Dr. Schapira’s research in judgment and decision making also addresses how to effectively communicate risk and uncertainty regarding medical outcomes to patients, physicians, the public, and policy makers. Her current work involves the development of a construct of health numeracy and the evaluation of numeracy as a potential link between formal education and improved health. Dr. Schapira is the immediate past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Decision Making and currently reviews for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Journal of Health Communication. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) class of 2011.


PolskyDaniel E. Polsky, PhD, MPP is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, an Associate Professor of Health Care Systems in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently serving as the Director of Research at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. In 2007-08 he was the Senior Economist on health issues at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in May 1996 and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 1989. He was awarded the Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award in 2005. His research areas include health insurance and financial access to health care, economic evaluation of medical and behavioral health interventions, and the health care workforce.

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