David A. Asch, MD, MBA

Robert D. Eilers Professor
Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
University of Pennsylvania
3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215/746-2705
Fax: 215/898-0229

David Asch, MD, MBA, is executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Innovation. He is professor of medicine, professor of anesthesiology and critical care, and professor of medical ethics and health policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is professor of health care management and professor of operations and information management at the Wharton School.

Dr. Asch's research 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 health or life insurance, and personal health behaviors. His research combines elements of economic analysis with moral and psychological theory and marketing. He is the author of more than 200 published papers, chapters, and reports and he has attracted more than $50 million in grants.

He teaches health policy at the Wharton School and he practices internal medicine at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he created, and from 2001 to 2012, directed the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion—the Department of Veterans Affairs’ national center to support vulnerable populations and reduce racial disparities. He also created and directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1998 to 2012 he was executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Asch has received the Resident Teaching Award (1986), the John M. Eisenberg Teaching Award (1995), the Samuel P. Martin, III Award in Health Services Research (1999), the Arthur K. Asbury Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship (2004), and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in the University (2006). He received the Perelman School of Medicine’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 2012—the school’s highest honor for alumni achievement.

Dr. Asch received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, his MD degree from Weill-Cornell Medical College, and his MBA degree in health care management and decision sciences from the Wharton School. He was a resident in internal medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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