Jay Bhattacharya

Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD

Senior Fellow by Courtesy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Professor of Medicine
Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Professor by Courtesy of Economics
Director of the Program on Medical Outcomes
Director of the Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging
Core faculty member at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research

Encina Commons, Room 100
615 Crothers Way
Stanford, CA 94305-6019

(650) 736-0404 (voice)
(650) 723-1919 (fax)

Research Interests

constraints that vulnerable populations face in making decisions that affect their health status; effects of government policies designed to benefit vulnerable populations


Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Medicine 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.