Speaker Bio

Amitabh Chandra 

Amitabh Chandra is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy, Director of Health Policy Research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) Panel of Health Advisors, and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Professor Chandra is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the first-prize recipient of the Upjohn Institute's Dissertation Award, the Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics, and the Eugene Garfield Award for the impact of medical research. In 2012, he was awarded American Society of Health Economists (ASHE) medal. The ASHE Medal is awarded biennially to the economist age 40 or under who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics.

His research focuses on productivity and innovation in healthcare with an emphasis on oncology and hospital care, medical malpractice, and racial disparities in healthcare. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has been published in Science, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. He is the Chair Editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, a former editor of the Journal of Human Resources, Economics Letters, and the American Economic Journal.

Chandra has testified to the United States Senate and the United States Commission on Civil Rights. In 2011 he served as Massachusetts' Special Commissioner on Provider Price Reform.

His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, Newsweek, and on National Public Radio. He has been a consultant to the RAND Corporation, Precision Health Economics, Microsoft Research, and the Institute of Medicine. He serves on the advisory boards of Maxwell Health and Kyruus, and is a co-founder of HealthEngine.

Chandra received his undergraduate degree, Masters degree and PhD from the University of Kentucky.