Heather T. Gold, PhD, MA

Associate Professor – Section on Value and Effectiveness

Heather Gold, PhDHeather Taffet Gold, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Section on Value and Effectiveness in the Department of Population Health, Director of Population Health Research for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Assistant Director of Health Services Research in the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone.

Dr. Gold’s research seeks to determine how differences in care affect health, healthcare utilization, 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, she conducts econometric analyses of large-scale observational databases (e.g., SEER-Medicare, Medicare, state all-payer, and HMO-based data) and builds mathematical models. Currently she is 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. She is 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. The findings of such research will inform optimal care coordination and evidence-based interventions to reduce avoidable morbidity and mortality from multimorbidity, which is especially prevalent among the elderly. Dr. Gold is also an expert in costing out behavioral interventions for cost-effectiveness analyses, and she teaches a Master’s-level course in cost-effectiveness analysis in the Division of Comparative Effectiveness and Decision Science in the Department of Population Health.

Dr. Gold is an active member of the Society for Medical Decision Making, where she has held several board positions. Dr. Gold was formerly Associate Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. She received her PhD in health services research and policy from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to that, she earned a master of arts in public policy studies from the University of Chicago, after which she was a health policy analyst working on major policy issues in Washington, DC. Dr. Gold holds a bachelor of science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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Phone: 212-263-4253
E-mail: Heather.Gold@nyumc.org


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