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Associate Professor of Medicine

David Chan

Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Associate Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

David Chan, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, an investigator at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Drawing on labor and organizational economics, he is interested in studying how information is used in health care, how this affects productivity, and implications for design. He is the recipient of the 2014 NIH Director’s High-Risk, High-Reward Early Independence Award to study the optimal balance of information in health information technology for patient care.

Dr. Chan received master’s degrees in policy and economics from the London School of Economics and Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall scholar. He holds a medical degree from UCLA and a PhD in economics from MIT. He trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, prior to coming to Palo Alto, where he currently is a hospitalist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto.

Focal Areas: Health, Innovation and Technology, Work


PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MD, Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles
MSc, Economics for Development, University of Oxford
MSc, International Health Policy, distinction, London School of Economics and Political Science
BA, Mathematics and Economics, summa cum laude, University of California at Riverside

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