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David Chan

David Chan, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Investigator at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Core faculty member at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research

117 Encina Commons, Room 217
Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 725-9582 (voice)
(650) 723-1919 (fax)

Research Interests

productivity in health care; physician and health care worker behavior; interventions to improve efficiency in health care delivery


David Chan is a physician and economist whose research focuses on productivity in US health care. His research draws on insights from labor and organizational economics. He is particularly interested in studying what drives physician behavior, how this explains differences in productivity in health care delivery, and what the implications are for the design of health care. He is the recipient of the 2014 NIH Director’s High-Risk, High-Reward Early Independence Award to study the optimal balance of information in health information technology for patient care. David Chan is also an investigator at the Department of Veterans Affairs and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Other Affiliations

Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Health Care Evaluation Partners Health Care