PhD in Health Policy

PhD Students

Alex Chan is a PhD candidate in Health Economics, and a Gerhard Casper Stanford Graduate Fellow.  He has research interestes in market design, industrial organization, and the application of IT and machine learning in health policy.  He holds an MPH from Harvard University.  Before Stanford, he developed extensive experience in the healthcare industry starting as a McKinsey consultant, and most recently as Senior Vice President of Market Strategy with Optum/UnitedHealth before joining academia. (twitter: @alex8chan)

Yiqun Chen graduated with Bachelor’s degree in medicine and in economics from Peking University, China, in 2012. As an undergraduate, Yiqun developed her interests in health economics and began to participate in research in this field. Upon graduation, Yiqun entered the MA program in Economics program at Duke University.  She is interested in supply and demand of health care in both U.S. and China.

Jack Ching is a Health Policy PhD student in the Decision Sciences track, with research interests in health systems design and implementation. Prior to joining Stanford in 2016, he worked for three years as a business consultant with The Permanente Medical Group, focusing on operational and quality improvement, as well as large-scale population health programs. He holds a Bachelor’s in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University.

Suhani Jalota  is a PhD candidate in Health Policy in the Health Economics track at the Stanford School of Medicine, and a Knight Hennessy Scholar.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Global Health from Duke University (2016).  She is the Founder and Director of a women's health organization, Myna Mahila Foundation, based in Mumbai, India.  She has been working in urban slum areas and rural communities researching and designing strategies on projects ranging from adolescent girl health, water and sanitation, to social protection policy.  Her Economics Honors Thesis topic was looking at the effect of slum redevelopment on child health outcomes, particularly stunting, as rapid urbanization calls for policies that keep people healthy and safe.  She wants to further explore national health systems, their design, challenges and outcomes, especially from a developing country context.

Jonathan Lee, MD is a Health Policy PhD candidate specializing in Health Economics.  He earned his BA from Pomona College, where his experiences in genetics research as a molecular biology major and as director of a social service nonprofit led to an enduring interest in the sociobiological determinants of health.  He went on to complete a MD/MBA at the University of Chicago, during which he co-founded AgileMD, Inc., a health-technology startup focused on improving the quality and efficiency of clinical care through EHR-integrated decision-support tools.  Increasingly interested in understanding the factors that drive differences in human happiness, satisfaction, and psychological well-being, Jon eventually chose to pursue residency training in psychiatry at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where he is currently Clinical Instructor in the Depression Clinic.  From that clinical vantage point, Jon sees on a daily basis the fact that socioeconomic forces (healthcare, education, work, poverty, social support, stress and advence experiences, culture, food and nutrition, political climate, environment, etc) can powerfully support or harm people's physical and psychological well-being.  Inspired to better understand the mechanisms behind these observations, Jon is pursing a PhD.  He hopes to combine knowledge and tools from medicine, psychiatry, and economics towards policies that improve the well-being of particularly those in disadvantaged settings.  Jon is a recipient of the Stanford ARTS (Advanced Research Training at Stanford) Fellowship.

Kyueun Lee Kyueun is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University. She received her BS in Life Science from Pohang University of Science Technology, South Korea in 2012. During her training in basic science, she participated in a medical research to evaluate the efficacy of anti-cancer drug targeting ovarian cancer. After graduation, she discovered her interest in health policy and studied health service and research at the University of Minnesota during her MS degree.

Catherine Lei is a doctoral candidate at the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Health Research and Policy. She graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a concentration in Economics and a certificate in Finance. Her thesis analyzed the effect of financial incentives on employer-sponsored insurance (ESI), examining the ways in which ESI offer and take-up rates for both small and large firms changed during the temporary lifting of the employer mandate in a Massachusetts case study.

Catherine studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) while abroad at Oxford University. At Oxford, she conducted research on the comparative health economic situation of the United States and the United Kingdom, exploring the relationship between differing provisions of the national health systems and seven negative health outcomes—heart disease, heart failure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer—associated with obesity.

Her current research interests focus on the industrial organization of health care, the effects of individual/insurer/provider behavior on insurance costs and outcomes, and the impact of regulation on health insurance markets.

Jasmin Moshfegh is a PhD candidate in Health Policy specializing in Health Economics.  Jasmin completed a Master of Science in Applied Economic Analysis at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden and a Master of Arts in Quantitative Economics and Finance at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland (dual degree program).  In 2016, she interned at a London-based private equity firm specializing on deals in European healthcare.  Jasmin's interests lie in the intersection of industrial organization and healthcare.

Theresa (Tess) Ryckman is a Health Policy PhD student concentrating on decision sciences. During her time at Stanford, she hopes to focus on questions related to the allocation of scarce resources in low- and middle-income settings, using cost-effectiveness analysis and modeling tools. She is particularly interested in infectious diseases and malnutrition, but also hopes to explore topics that are becoming more and more important in the field of global health but which sometimes receive less focus, such as non-communicable disease and road traffic accidents. Tess comes to Stanford from four years at the Results for Development Institute (R4D), where she was a Program Officer. At R4D, Tess worked on projects with major multilateral and bilateral donors and country governments (in South Africa, India, and Papua New Guinea) on HIV, immunization, malaria, and nutrition financing, resource allocation, and policy analysis. Before joining R4D, Tess received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University.

Tara Templin  is a PhD student specializing in Health Economics.  Tara obtained her BA in Economics and Mathematics from Columbia University and her MS in Statistics from Stanford University.  Prior to Stanford, Tara was a research fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, working on health expenditure forecasts, tracking development assistance for health, and studying the effects of the epidemiological and demographic transitions in low- and middle-income countries.  Her other previous research experience includes studying results-based financing mechanisms at the Center for Global Development and portfolio allocation modalities for the Global Fund.  She hopes to apply her background to work studying the allocation and effectiveness of government expenditure and development assistance for health, as well as demand and supply side barriers to health care.

Erik Wiesehan is a Health Policy PhD student at Stanford University.  He received a BS in Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2006 and Master's degrees in Health and Business Administration from Baylor University in 2016. Since 2006, Erik has been serving in the United States Army as a commissioned medical services officer, working predominately within its own system for health in the areas of operations, finance, and analytics. His most recently completed assignment was as the Chief Financial Officer for the Fort Knox, KY Medical Activity. Erik’s research interests reside in applying economic evaluations, simulations, and modeling to examine the costs and outcomes of health care practices and policies to better inform and empower all stakeholders in the health care space.