Hamsa Bastani, PhD


Assistant Professor, Operations, Information, and Decisions, Wharton School

Hamsa Bastani is an Assistant Professor in Operations, Information and Decisions at the Wharton School. Her research seeks to leverage data-driven techniques to improve quality of care and reduce costs in healthcare. She has developed efficient machine learning algorithms for personalized medicine, and designed pay-for-performance contracts that better align provider incentives with patient needs. She focuses on novel methods that cater to the many practical challenges in healthcare systems, including the high-dimensionality of electronic medical records, the ethical concerns of randomized decision-making on patients, and the unobservable biases that pervade healthcare claims data.

Prof. Bastani completed her undergraduate and master's degrees at Harvard University, her PhD at Stanford university, and a Herman Goldstine postdoctoral fellowship at IBM Research. Her work has won several awards, including the INFORMS Pierskalla prize for the best paper in healthcare.

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