Heather T. Gold

Heather T. Gold

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


My work focuses on determining how differences in care affect health and economic outcomes in order to provide the basis for new healthcare policies that encourage appropriate use of medical treatment and technology, with the goal of improving lives and fairly allocating available resources. To address clinical and policy-relevant questions, I have conducted analyses of large-scale observational databases (e.g., SEER-Medicare, Medicare, state all-payer, and healthcare system-based data) and built mathematical models. I recognize the inherent limitations of such quantitative analyses and strive to address them using complex statistical methods and creative approaches.

Currently I am focused on understanding how multiple comorbid conditions are managed and interact with each other in the context of socioeconomic and racial/ethnic variations in care patterns. I am pursuing studies of patient populations with an ongoing chronic condition who are then faced with a new disease or treatment decision that could affect the pre-existing condition in the clinical areas of cancer and orthopaedic surgery. I also am engaged in the implementation of and research on patient-reported outcomes in the electronic health record. The findings of such 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 costing out comparative behavioral interventions. I teach the course in cost-effectiveness analysis for the Master’s Program in Clinical Investigation at NYU School of Medicine.

Finally, I am active in the Society for Medical Decision Making and am Secretary-Treasurer through October 2017. SMDM’s mission 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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Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Assistant Director, Health Services Research, NYU Cancer Institute

Director, Population Health Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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. 2017 Mar 15; ?-?

Loeb, Stacy; Walter, Dawn; Curnyn, Caitlin; Gold, Heather T; Lepor, Herbert; Makarov, Danil V

Journal of urology. 2016 Sep; 196(3):721-726

Ramme, Austin J; Strauss, Eric J; Jazrawi, Laith; Gold, Heather Taffet

Physician & sportsmedicine. 2016 Sep; 44(3):278-282

Makarov, Danil V; Hu, Elaine Y C; Walter, Dawn; Braithwaite, R Scott; Sherman, Scott; Gold, Heather T; Zhou, Xiao-Hua Andrew; Gross, Cary P; Zeliadt, Steven B

Health services research. 2016 Jun; 51(3):1021-1051

LoPresti, Melissa A; Dement, Fritz; Gold, Heather T

American journal of hospice & palliative care. 2016 Apr; 33(3):291-305

Bitterman, Danielle S; Grew, David; Gu, Ping; Cohen, Richard F; Sanfilippo, Nicholas J; Leichman, Cynthia G; Leichman, Lawrence P; Moore, Harvey G; Gold, Heather T; Du, Kevin L

Journal of gastrointestinal oncology. 2015 Oct; 6(5):524-533

Prabhu, Vinay; Lee, Ted; Loeb, Stacy; Holmes, John H; Gold, Heather T; Lepor, Herbert; Penson, David F; Makarov, Danil V

BJU international. 2015 Jul; 116(1):65-71

Makarov, Danil V; Soulos, Pamela R; Gold, Heather T; Yu, James B; Sen, Sounok; Ross, Joseph S; Gross, Cary P

JAMA oncology. 2015 May; 1(2):185-194