Amol Navathe, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Medicine

Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Navathe is a practicing physician, health economist, and engineer. He has extensive expertise in policy analysis and design, physician and hospital economic behavior, and application of informatics and predictive analytics to health care data. His work on advanced health data analytics and technology to improve healthcare delivery has been implemented at numerous large health systems. He has applied his skills to payment and delivery transformation, federal policy for health care evidence development and data infrastructure, and the study of physician and hospital economic behavior.  Dr. Navathe completed his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his post-graduate medical training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He obtained his PhD in Health Care Management and Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Navathe’s expertise is focused in three core areas: (1) the impact of alternative payment models, particularly bundled payments, on the cost and quality of health care; (2) financial and non-financial incentive design, including applications of behavioral economics, to drive clinician practice change; and (3) predictive analytics and informatics to improve health care delivery. These streams include a mix of pragmatic clinical trials and observational data analyses. Current areas of focus include bundled payments, large scale re-design of physician and hospital payment models, optimal use of performance feedback in health care (e.g., to decrease opioid prescribing), and design of predictive models to drive behavior change.

Dr. Navathe’s technical expertise focuses on the use of claims and clinical data to measure the costs, quality and appropriateness of care, making inferences on clinical care delivery highly relevant to analysis of health system performance and policy design. He also has past experience with large-scale government-led projects, having served as Medical Officer and Senior Program Manager for the $1B federal Comparative Effectiveness Research program.  His thought leadership led to the founding of a disciplinary academic journal, Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, serving as its Co-Editor-in-Chief, as well as Founding Director of the Foundation for Healthcare Innovation.  His work on health care cost and quality improvement has been published in numerous leading journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Healthcare, and other leading academic journals. 

As a practicing physician, Dr. Navathe has an up-close view of the complexities of health care financing and the resulting hardships.  For these reasons, Dr. Navathe is dedicated to transforming health care delivery for his patients, who provide him great inspiration. He hopes that his work will improve their lives and the lives of Americans nationwide.