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Lauren Hersch Nicholas, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 450
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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


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. She has received several awards for her research including the National Academy of Social Insurance John Heinz Dissertation Award, the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award, and the HCUP Most Outstanding Article Award.

Press Coverage

New York Times, "Helping Patients and Doctors Talk about Death"

New York Times "Rethinking Centers of Excellence (and Other Well-Laid Plans)"

NPR Blog "Avoiding the Nursing Home Ups the Odds of Unwanted Medical Care"

WebMD Health, "Advance Directives Shape End-of-Life Experiences"

Wall Street Journal, "Medicare Faulted on Surgery Evaluation"

Honors and Awards

Delta Omega Honor Society, 2015

Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Award, 2015

HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award, 2014

AcademyHealth Article of the Year Award, 2012

Best Overall Abstract Award, Academic Surgical Congress, 2011

National Academy of Social Insurance John Heinz Dissertation Award, 2009

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