Faculty Positions


Research Interests

Dr. Asch’s research aims to understand how physicians and patients behave and make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically charged settings. He has special expertise in understanding how physicians and patients incorporate perceptions of financial cost and health risk into their decisions, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies or the purchase of health or life insurance. His research combines elements of economic analysis with moral and psychological theory and marketing.

Selected Publications

Asch DA, Epstein AJ, Nicholson S. Evaluating medical training programs by the quality of care delivered by their alumni. JAMA. 2007;298:1049-51.

Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Asch DA. Harnessing the power of default options to improve health care. N Engl J Med. 2007;357:1340-4.

Werner RM, Bradlow ET, Asch DA. Does hospital performance on process measures directly measure high quality care or is it a marker of unmeasured care? Health Services Research. 2008;43:1464.

Asch DA, Muller RW, Volpp KG. Automated hovering in health care:  watching over the 5,000 hours. N Engl J Med. 2012;367:1-3

Asch DA, Volpp KG.  What business are we in?  The emergency of health as the business of health care.  N Engl J Med. In press.

Volpp KG, Loewenstein G, Asch DA.  Choosing Wisely: low value services, utilization and patient cost sharing. JAMA. In press.


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