Jalpa A. Doshi, PhD, is Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine. She is also Director of Value Based Insurance Design Initiatives at the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics and Director of the Economic Evaluations Unit of the Center for Evidence-based Practice at Penn.
The goal of her research program is to understand how pharmaceuticals can be better accessed and utilized in the health care system to improve health care quality while balancing costs. Her research focuses on three broad areas. First, it examines the impact of prescription benefit design and reimbursement policies on access to prescription drugs, and the quality and cost of health care. Second, her work focuses on the prevalence, causes, outcomes, and costs of suboptimal medication use in chronic diseases and the clinical and economic impact of innovative behavioral or policy interventions for improving medication adherence and management. Third, her research focuses on advancing the methods used in pharmaceutical outcomes and cost-effectiveness research to enhance its usefulness in real world decision-making by patients, providers, payers, and policymakers. In recent years, her research program in all three areas has focused on specialty drugs, which have become increasingly important treatment options for patients with serious, rare, and/or chronic diseases.
Dr. Doshi has extensive experience conducting evaluations using Medicare, Medicaid, VA, and commercial insurance claims data in diverse disease areas including cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, mental illnesses, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, and cancer. She has been principal investigator on numerous research grants from federal agencies, private organizations, and research foundations and has published widely in leading health policy and clinical journals. She has coauthored Economic Evaluation in Clinical Trials (Oxford University Press), the first book dedicated entirely to this topic.
In addition to her research and administrative roles, she teaches in the Masters in Health Policy Research Program at Penn and also enjoys teaching international audiences in India, China, Taiwan, and Singapore. In recognition of her research, Dr. Doshi has received several awards and honors from national and international organizations such as the American Geriatrics Society, American Heart Association, AcademyHealth, Drug Information Association, and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. She currently serves as Co-Editor of the Value in Health journal and the American Journal of Managed Care.