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Division of Comparative Effectiveness & Decision Science

Division of Comparative Effectiveness & Decision Science

In the Division of Comparative Effectiveness and Decision Science, part of NYU Langone Health’s Department of Population Health, we assess the likely outcomes of population health improvement strategies using innovative tools, such as longevity simulations and sophisticated computer models. We use our findings to advise and empower influential decision makers in clinical care and health policy. Our assessments draw on the disciplines of decision science, cost-effectiveness analysis, comparative effectiveness research, and metrics development. Our ultimate mission is to go beyond efforts to increase how long people live, and work to maximize their quality of life.

Our division comprises two sections, the Section on Value and Effectiveness and the Section on Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use.

We also offer a master’s degree and a certificate in comparative effectiveness and implementation research.

Division Leadership

Scott Braithwaite, MD, MSc, Division Director

Dr. Braithwaite, professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine, is an accomplished investigator in the field of decision science, quality, and cost-effectiveness. As director of the Division of Comparative Effectiveness and Decision Science, he is dedicated to advancing a program of rigorous, policy-relevant research to optimize quality and value in healthcare, incorporating methods of decision science, comparative effectiveness research, and cost-effectiveness analysis. Learn more about Dr. Braithwaite.

Kris Batchoo, MBA, Division Administrator

Mr. Batchoo provides operational leadership and overall administrative direction for the division. In partnership with our leadership, he develops and implements strategic plans to grow and advance the division’s mission, manages staff, and oversees operating and research budgets.


A large portion of our division’s funding comes from federal research grants and foundations, including the following organizations:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • American Heart Association
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • National Institute on Aging
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • National Institutes of Health
  • New York State Department of Health
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Contact Us

The Division of Comparative Effectiveness and Decision Science is located at 227 East 30th Street, between Second and Third Avenues, on the sixth floor. For all inquiries, please call 646-501-2555.