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Amanda Starc, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management
Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Professor Amanda Starc received her BA in Economics from Case Western Reserve University, and her PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. Dr. Starc's research interests include industrial organization and health economics. Her research examines the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Supplement ("Medigap") markets, as well as consumer behavior in insurance exchanges. Recent work measures the effectiveness of direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals. Her work links models of consumer choice and supply side incentives, and uses a range of econometric techniques to analyze data.

This will be an in-person event: Encina Commons, Conference Rom 119, with a boxed lunch served.

Amanda Starc Associate Professor Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
Master's Student, Health Policy

Jiayi Zhao is a MS student in Health Policy (Empirical Methods). She has research interests in causal inference, machine learning, health economics, and policy evaluation, especially health issues in aging societies. Her prior research experience includes work in disability, long term care, and aging. She holds a BS in statistics and finance from the University of Hong Kong and MS in social policy and data analytics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Master's Student, Health Policy

John is pursuing a MS in Health Policy. He is a current clinical fellow of neonatal-perinatal medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. His research interests focus on how public policy shapes neonatal health outcomes, with an emphasis on decreasing health disparities. His current work explores utilization of paid family leave by families in the NICU and the effects of family primary language on neonatal health outcomes. His research and tuition are funded by grants from the Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute. He previously received his medical degree from The Ohio State University and completed a residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University.

Master's Student, Health Policy

Masahiro works for the Ministry of Health, Labor, Welfare, Japan. He has been in charge of national long-term care insurance especially its finance and health program for the elderly. Previously, after graduating from Tokyo University with a BA in Economics, he was in charge of the national health insurance system and its payment for medical services.



Stacie B. Dusetzina, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Health Policy
Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Dusetzina is an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and an Ingram associate professor of cancer research at Vanderbilt. She is a health services researcher whose work focuses on measuring and evaluating population-level use and costs of medications in the United States. Dr. Dusetzina’s work has contributed to the evidence base for the role of drug costs on patient access to care and policy changes that might improve patient access to high-priced drugs.

She has been recognized for her work at a national level, including being an invited participant for two working group meetings on “Patient Access to Affordable Cancer Drugs,” hosted by the President’s Cancer Panel, and being selected to co-author a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report on the same topic. Dr. Dusetzina’s research has also been broadly covered by The New York Times, NPR, Reuters, The Washington Post, STAT News, ABC News and The Wall Street Journal

In addition to her work on drug pricing, Dr. Dusetzina is a population health scientist and pharmacoepidemologist specializing in large data informatics. She has authored or co-authored more than 163 peer reviewed applied studies using Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance claims data, and contributed several methods papers to the field. 

Seminar Title: Improving Access to Prescription Drugs through Policy Change

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Stacie B. Dusetzina Associate Professor, Health Policy Vanderbilt University

Encina Commons, 615 Crothers Way, Stanford, CA 94305-6006


Oshra’s experience in medical research extends back to her graduate and postgraduate studies in the fields of clinical neurophysiology, cardiology and pulmonary hypertension. She joined Stanford in 2012 as a postdoctoral scholar and transitioned to managing clinical research at Stanford School of Medicine thereafter. Prior to joining Health Policy Department, Oshra worked with several other departments at Stanford, specifically the Reproductive and Endocrinology Clinic at the Obstetric and Gynecology Department and the Women’s Breast Cancer research group at the Cancer Clinical Trials Office. At Health Policy, Oshra is providing oversight for logistics, regulatory, data quality operations and progress tracking of the EPOCH study, a multi-departmental clinical research program aiming to understand the long term effects of pre-eclampsia on women’s heart health. 

Study Manager, EPOCH
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