Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

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David O. Meltzer

Fanny L. Pritzker Professor in the Department of Medicine, Affiliated Faculty in Economics and Harris Public Policy
University of Chicago

David O. Meltzer M.D., Ph.D., is chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, and chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at The University of Chicago, where he is Fanny L. Pritzker Professor in the Department of Medicine. He also is affiliated faculty in UChicago's Harris School of Public Policy Studies and Department of Economics.

Meltzer’s research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of hospital care. He is currently leading a study funded by a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation Challenge award. It analyzes the effects of improved continuity in the doctor-patient relationship between the inpatient and outpatient setting on the costs and outcomes of care for frequently hospitalized Medicare patients. 

Meltzer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lee Lusted Prize of the Society for Medical Decision Making, the Health Care Research Award of the National Institute for Health Care Management, and the Eugene Garfield Award from Research America. Meltzer is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. He also has served on the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020; the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee; as a Council Member of the National Institute for General Medical Studies; and as a health economics advisor for the Congressional Budget Office.

Meltzer received his MD and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.