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Lauren Nicholas, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management, Surgery
  • Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan
  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 450
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

443-287-5680

Personal Website: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/roger-c-lipitz-center-for-integrated-health-care/Bios/bio_nicholas
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lhnicholas
CV: http://bit.ly/1uiLp4r

Education

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

Overview

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.

Press Coverage

New York Times, "Helping Patients and Doctors Talk about Death" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/26/opinion/sunday/helping-patients-and-doctors-talk-about-death.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

New York Times "Rethinking Centers of Excellence (and Other Well-Laid Plans)" http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/rethinking-centers-of-excellence-and-other-well-laid-plans/

NPR Blog "Avoiding the Nursing Home Ups the Odds of Unwanted Medical Care" http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/04/08/300283337/avoiding-the-nursing-home-ups-the-risk-of-unwanted-medical-care

WebMD Health, "Advance Directives Shape End-of-Life Experiences" http://www.webmd.com/palliative-care/news/20111004/advance-directives-shape-end-of-life-experiences

Wall Street Journal, "Medicare Faulted on Surgery Evaluation" http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303496104575560522424599924

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

Select recent publications listed below.  All publications available on my website.