David H. Howard, PhD


Titles and Roles

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 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 a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at Winship Cancer Institute. He also holds memberships with 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.


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