Daniel Polsky is the 40th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics at Johns Hopkins University. He holds joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School.
Dr. Polsky has dedicated his career to exploring how health care is organized, managed, financed, and delivered—especially for low-income people. His research on issues of cost and quality has influenced the national understanding of interventions in both federal and local programs; and his most recent work focuses on access to quality health care in low-resource settings, with a particular interest in narrow provider networks.
From 1996-2016, Dr. Polsky was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Robert D. Eilers Professor at the Wharton School and the Perelman School of Medicine. From 2012-2016, he served as executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, the nation's first academic research institution focused on interdisciplinary solutions to health care delivery and policy. In this role, he led 300 senior fellows and a $110 million research portfolio to address health care system challenges of affordability, access, value, and equity.
Dr. Polsky is the co-author of "Economic Evaluation in Clinical Trials," a handbook published by Oxford University Press that provides practical advice on conducting cost analyses in controlled trials of medical therapies. He is an associate editor of the journal Health Economics and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals, including Health Services Research and Medical Care Research and Review.
He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on the Health and Medicine Committee. He is a board member for Population Health and Public Health Practice for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He also serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers and was the senior economist on health issues at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Dr. Polsky received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan in 1989 and a Doctorate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.