David Chan, M.D., Ph.D.

david-chan-md-phdDavid Chan, M.D., Ph.D.

David Chan, M.D., Ph.D., is Core Investigator at the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development in Palo Alto, and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.   His research interests focus on understanding the variation in performance across organizations in health care delivery, in particular causes related to the behavior of health care providers. He is especially interested in studying what drives physician behavior, including organizational features of workplace design, financial and social incentives, and the use of information. He is also interested in designing interventions to improve productivity in health care firms and to understand behavioral pathways through which this may take place.

As a Marshall Scholar, he received master’s degrees in policy and economics from the London School of Economics and Oxford University. He holds a medical degree from UCLA and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. He trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, prior to coming to Palo Alto, where he currently is a hospitalist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto.

Dr. Chan is currently conducting research funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Early Independence Award.  His research is featured on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Blog.