Interview Dr. Jay Bhattacharya

Jay Bhattacharya

Expert Profile

Core Faculty Member
Center for Health Policy (CHP) and Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR), Stanford University
HIV/AIDS programs and policies
viatical-settlements market
nutrition and obesity among low-income Americans
effects of government policies designed to benefit vulnerable populations


Dr. Jay Bhattacharya is an assistant professor of medicine and a CHP/PCOR core faculty member. His research focuses on the constraints that vulnerable populations face in making decisions that affect their health, as well as the effects of government policies and programs designed to benefit vulnerable populations. He has published research on the elderly, adolescents, HIV/AIDS and managed care. Most recently, he has researched the regulation of the viatical-settlements market (a secondary life-insurance market that often targets HIV patients) and summer/winter differences in nutritional outcomes for low-income American families. He is also working on a project examining the labor-market conditions that help determine why some U.S. employers do not provide health insurance. He worked for three years as an economist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., where he also taught health economics as a visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received a B.A. in economics and an M.D. and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He speaks French and Bengali.

117 Encina Commons
Stanford  California  94305

United States

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(650) 736-0404
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(650) 723-1919
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