Titles and Roles
- Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management
- Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
- Research Program
- Cancer Prevention and Control
David Howard is a faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory University. A health economist by training, Dr. Howard's research employs economics and statistics to better understand physician decision-making and its implications for public policy. Dr. Howard’s current focus is on how negative results from clinical trials and "do less" recommendations from guidelines influence practice patterns. Dr. Howard has acted as an advisor or consultant to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, MEDPAC, the American Cancer Society, the Division of Transplantation in the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Institute of Medicine. He is currently a member of CMS's Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee and chairs the advisory board of the National Living Donation Assistance Center.
Dr. Howard received his doctorate in health policy from Harvard University in 2000.
Dr. Howard's research focuses on the value of early detection in improving cancer survival rates and the impact of quality on a patient’s choice of health care provider. He says there are benefits to the new health care legislation, such as increasing the continuity of insurance coverage and funding for comparative effectiveness research, but he is concerned about the fiscal impact of the legislation and its lack of long-term cost controls for Medicare.