Ravishankar Jayadevappa is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Jayadevappa is also a member of the Abramson Cancer Center, and Fellow at the Institute of Aging. His primary areas of research interests are: urologic outcomes, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, overactive bladder, aging, health services research, health outcomes, regulatory economics, comparative effectiveness, patient centered care, patient reported outcomes, preference assessment, environmental economics, international trade, health economics, cost-effectiveness, health disparity, global health, resource economics, and health-related quality of life and equity issues in health care policy. In particular, his research goal is to analyze the tradeoff between economic efficiency, equity and quality. This has significant implications for understanding and eliminating health disparities due to race, ethnicity, income and age. Dr. Jayadevappa's current research focuses on micro/macro level health policy issues of elderly; epidemiology of urologic diseases; patient centered care; preference assessment; comparative effectiveness; and cost-effectiveness of medical care.