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Lauren Hersch Nicholas, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management, Surgery

Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Health Policy and Management

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 450
Baltimore , Maryland   21205


Personal Website:


PhD , Columbia University , 2008
MPP , George Washington University , 2004
MPhil , Columbia University , 2008


Lauren Hersch Nicholas is a health economist whose research focuses on the role of public policy in improving health and healthcare quality for the elderly. Her current research combines survey, administrative, and clinical data to study the interaction between healthcare utilization and economic outcomes.  Dr. Nicholas's work uses clinical and econometric approaches to answer questions in medical and health economics, particularly for surgery and end-of-life care.

Honors and Awards

HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award, 2014

AcademyHealth Article of the Year Award, 2012

Best Overall Abstract Award, Academic Surgical Congress, 2011

Young Scientists Award, World Congress on Debates and Consensus in Bone, Muscle and Joint Diseases (declined), 2011

National Academy of Social Insurance John Heinz Dissertation Award, 2009

health economics, Medicare, regional variation, end-of-life, surgery