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Professor of Health Research and Policy
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Baker's research is in the area of health economics, and focuses on the effects of financial incentives, organizational structures, and government policies on the health care delivery system, health care costs, and health outcomes.
M. Kate Bundorf
Associate Professor of Health Research and Policy (Health Services Research) and, by courtesy, of Political Economics at the Graduate School of Business
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Her research focuses on health insurance markets including the determinants and effects of individual and purchaser choices, the effects of regulation in insurance markets, the interaction of public and private systems of health insurance, and incentives for insurers to improve health care quality.
Senior Lecturer in Health Research and Policy
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research interests involve doctor-patient relationship and communication strategies as they pertain to (1) the development and instruction of medical Spanish curriculum, (2) satisfaction in health care delivery with emphasis on cross cultural competency issues, and (3) the effectiveness of interpretive systems in health care settings.
Mark Hlatky, MD
Professor of Health Research and Policy (Health Services Research) and of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My main research work is in "outcomes research", especially examining the field of cardiovascular medicine. Particular areas of interest are the integration of economic and quality of life data into randomized clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, decision models, and cost-effectiveness analysis. I am also interested in the application of novel genetic, biomarker, and imaging tests to assess risk and guide clinical management of coronary artery disease.
Professor of Law and of Health Research and Policy
Bio Michelle Mello is a leading empirical health law scholar whose research is focused on understanding the effects of law and regulation on health care delivery and population health outcomes. She is the author of more than 130 articles and book chapters on the medical malpractice system, medical errors and patient safety, research ethics, regulation of pharmaceuticals, legal interventions to combat obesity and noncommunicable disease, and other topics. Her investigations into the dynamics of medical malpractice litigation, the effects of medical liability reforms, the ability of hospitals to shift costs of medical errors to others, and allocating responsibility for medical errors between hospital systems and individual physicians have been particularly important and impactful.
Mello’s publications appear in medical, health policy, and law journals, and she is a frequent contributor to the New England Journal of Medicine. Recent publications include “Prospects for Regulation of Off-Label Drug Promotion in an Era of Expanding Commercial Speech Protection,” North Carolina Law Review (2014); “Implementing Hospital-Based Communication-and-Resolution Programs: Lessons Learned in New York City,” Health Affairs (2014); “Survey Finds Public Support for Legal Interventions Directed at Health Behavior to Fight Noncommunicable Disease,” Health Affairs (2013); “Critical Opportunities for Public Health Law: A Call for Action,” American Journal of Public Health (2013); “High Physician Concern About Malpractice Risk Predicts More Aggressive Diagnostic Testing in Office-Based Practice,” Health Affairs (2013); and “Preparing for Responsible Sharing of Clinical Trial Data,” New England Journal of Medicine (2013).
In 2013, Mello was elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, in recognition of outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Mello’s work has also garnered the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, the leading professional organization for health services and health policy research in the U.S.; a Greenwall Faculty Scholars Award in Bioethics; and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.
Mello, who holds a PhD in Health Policy and Administration as well as a JD, has a joint appointment at Stanford Law School and the Stanford School of Medicine in the Department of Health Research and Policy. She teaches public health law. Prior to joining Stanford in 2014, she was a Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Director of the School’s Program in Law and Public Health, as well as a Lab Fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. She currently serves as a Key Consultant to the National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s program in Public Health Law Research.
Minang (Mintu) Turakhia
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Current Research and Scholarly Interests I have an active clinical research program, with funding from AHA, VA, NIH, the medi- cal device industry, and foundations. My research program aims to improve the treatment of atrial fibrillation by evaluating quality and variation of care, comparative and cost-effectiveness of therapies, and risk prediction.