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Sunita M. Desai, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health


Sunita Desai is a health economist. Her research investigates how policies and incentives shape health care provider behavior and organizational structure. She also examines the role of information and price transparency in consumer decision-making in health care. Her work has been published in leading journals including JAMA and Health Affairs and has been covered by media outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post. She was awarded a 2017-2018 Becker Friedman Institute Health Economics Fellowship.

She is an assistant professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine with secondary appointments in the Department of Economics at NYU Stern and Health Policy at NYU Wagner.

From 2015 to 2017, Sunita was a Seidman Fellow in Health Policy and Economics at the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Sunita received her PhD in Health Care Management and Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and her BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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PhD from University of Pennsylvania

Harvard Medical School, Department of Health Care Policy

Kim, K Lucy; Li, Li; Kuang, Meng; Horwitz, Leora I; Desai, Sunita M

Medical care. 2019 Sep; 57(9):695-701

Desai, Sunita M; Hatfield, Laura A; Hicks, Andrew L; Chernew, Michael E; Mehrotra, Ateev; Sinaiko, Anna D

American journal of managed care. 2019 Jul 01; 25(7):e204-e210

Desai, Sunita; McWilliams, J Michael

New England journal of medicine. 2018 Feb 08; 378(6):539-548

Doshi, Jalpa A; Li, Pengxiang; Desai, Sunita; Marcus, Steven C

Journal of medical economics. 2017 Dec; 20(12):1252-1260

Desai, Sunita; Hatfield, Laura A; Hicks, Andrew L; Sinaiko, Anna D; Chernew, Michael E; Cowling, David; Gautam, Santosh; Wu, Sze-Jung; Mehrotra, Ateev

Health affairs. 2017 08 01; 36(8):1401-1407

Gourevitch, Rebecca A; Desai, Sunita; Hicks, Andrew L; Hatfield, Laura A; Chernew, Michael E; Mehrotra, Ateev

Inquiry : a journal of medical care organization, provision & financing. 2017 01 01; 54:46958017709104

Blewer, Audrey L; Li, Jiaqi; Ikeda, Daniel J; Leary, Marion; Buckler, David G; Riegel, Barbara; Desai, Sunita; Groeneveld, Peter W; Putt, Mary E; Abella, Benjamin S

Clinical trials. 2016 08; 13(4):425-33