David Asch, MD, MBA
David Asch, MD, MBA, is the recipient of both AcademyHealth’s 2020 Distinguished Career and Publication of the Year awards. The Distinguished Career Award is AcademyHealth’s highest career award, recognizing leaders who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research through advancement of science and methods, leadership, mentorship, scholarship and teaching, and the application of health services and policy evidence to improve health and healthcare. This is Dr. Asch’s second AcademyHealth Publication of the Year Award. The paper, Patient Safety Outcomes Under Flexible and Standard Resident Duty-Hour Rules (co-written with Jeffrey Silber, MD, PhD) examines the impact of extended shifts in medical residency programs on patient safety.
Dr. Asch founded HSR&D’s Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) in 2001 and served as its director until 2012. CHERP’s mission is to support vulnerable populations by conducting research aimed at reducing racial disparities in care. Throughout his career, Dr. Asch has conducted research that aims to understand and improve how physicians and patients make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically charged settings, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies, the purchase of insurance, and personal health behaviors. His work combines elements of economic analysis with moral and psychological theory and marketing into what is now known as behavioral economics.
Currently, Dr. Asch is the Executive Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. He is the John Morgan Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and also practices internal medicine at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. In 2008, he received the Under Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research, the highest honor for a VA health services researcher.