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Heather T. Gold

Heather T. Gold

Professor, Department of Population Health

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


My work focuses on determining how socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, geographic, and clinical variations in healthcare affect health and economic outcomes, especially in cancer and orthopedics and in patients with multiple comorbid conditions.

I aim to translate my research into policies that encourage appropriate use of treatments and technology. I do this through complex quantitative methods of analyzing large, population-based data, and through mathematical modeling, using decision and cost-effectiveness analysis. I also use qualitative methods to explore physician and patient decision-making experiences. With this unique, multimethod approach, I aim to identify and evaluate the health and economic implications of socioeconomic and geographic variations in healthcare use and adoption and the diffusion of new healthcare interventions.

I am also engaged in the implementation of and research on patient-reported outcomes in electronic health records. The findings of this research will inform optimal care coordination and evidence-based interventions to reduce avoidable morbidity and mortality from multimorbidity.

I am an expert in cost-effectiveness analysis and calculating the overall costs of comparative behavioral interventions. I teach a course on cost-effectiveness analysis for the NYU Langone School of Medicine’s master’s degree program in clinical investigation.

Finally, I am active in the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) and currently serve as president. The mission of the SMDM is “to improve health outcomes through the advancement of proactive systematic approaches to clinical decision making and policy-formation in health care by providing a scholarly forum that connects and educates researchers, providers, policy-makers, and the public.”



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Professor, Department of Population Health

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Director, Population Health Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Gold, Heather Taffet; Karia, Raj J; Link, Alissa; Lebwohl, Rachel; Zuckerman, Joseph D; Errico, Thomas J; Slover, James D; Buckland, Aaron J; Mann, Devin M; Cantor, Michael N

Health informatics journal. 2018 Dec 05; 1460458218813710-1460458218813710

Walter, William R; Bearison, Craig; Slover, James D; Gold, Heather T; Gyftopoulos, Soterios

Skeletal radiology. 2018 Nov 10;

Gyftopoulos, Soterios; Guja, Kip E; Subhas, Naveen; Virk, Mandeep S; Gold, Heather T

Journal of shoulder & elbow surgery. 2018 Oct 11; 27(10):e320-e321

Jazrawi, Laith; Gold, Heather T; Zuckerman, Joseph D

JAMA. 2018 10 02; 320(13):1326-1327

Oh, Cheongeun; Slover, James D; Bosco, Joseph A; Iorio, Richard; Gold, Heather T

Journal of arthroplasty. 2018 08 02; 33(8):2376-2380

Becker, Daniel J; Levy, Benjamin P; Gold, Heather T; Sherman, Scott E; Makarov, Danil V; Schreiber, David; Wisnivesky, Juan P; Pass, Harvey I

American journal of clinical oncology. 2018 Aug; 41(8):820-825

Paoli, Albit R; Gold, Heather T; Mahure, Siddharth A; Mai, David H; Agten, Christoph A; Rokito, Andrew S; Virk, Mandeep S

Arthroscopy. 2018 Jul 15; 34(7):2019-2029

Gyftopoulos, Soterios; Abballe, Valentino; Virk, Mandeep S; Koo, James; Gold, Heather T; Subhas, Naveen

AJR. American journal of roentgenology. 2018 Jun 10; 210(6):1279-1287