Jay Bhattacharya

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Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD

  • Professor, Health Policy
  • Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
  • Professor, Economics (by courtesy)
  • Senior Fellow (by courtesy), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Director of the Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging

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615 Crothers Way
Stanford, CA 94305-6019

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Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Health Policy at Stanford University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research. He directs Stanford’s Center for Demography and Economics of Health and Aging. Dr. Bhattacharya’s research focuses on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on the role of government programs, biomedical innovation, and economics. Dr. Bhattacharya’s recent research focuses on the epidemiology of COVID-19 as well as an evaluation of policy responses to the epidemic. His broader research interests encompass the implications of population aging for future population health and medical spending in developed countries, the measurement of physician performance tied to physician payment by insurers, and the role played by biomedical innovation on health.  He has published 135 articles in top peer-reviewed scientific journals in medicine, economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, law, and public health among other fields. He holds an MD and PhD in economics, both earned at Stanford University.