Jena and Mehrotra Promoted to Professor

The Department of Health Care Policy is pleased to announce the promotion of renowned faculty members, Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health Care and Dr. Anupam Jena, MD, PhD, Joseph P. Newhouse Professor of Health Care Policy.   Members of the department joined the professors and their families in celebrating at a recent dinner.

Jena first joined HCP in 2012 as Assistant Professor of Health Care Policy while also working as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2015 he was promoted to Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, a year later to become the Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor. In addition to his work at HCP, Jena is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Jena also hosts the Freakonomics, MD podcast, which explores the “hidden side of health care.”

Jena shared his enthusiasm for the Health Care Policy department, stating: “HCP has given me the intellectual freedom to be able to work on the questions that I find most interesting and that excite me about doing research. I consider myself lucky to be at HCP.”

Jena was the 2020 TEDMED Speaker, elected to the 2020 American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and recently participated in the 2021 National Academies Workshop on “Towards a Post-Pandemic World – Lessons from COVID-19 for Now and the Future.” His research involves several areas of health economics and policy including the use of natural experiments in health care, the economics of physician behavior and the physician workforce, medical malpractice, the economics of health care productivity, and the economics of medical innovation.

Jena graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his MD and PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Mehrotra joined HMS, HCP as an Associate Professor in 2013; this same year he received the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth for health services researchers who show exceptional promise early in their careers. In addition to his research at HCP, Mehrotra is a hospitalist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Through 2019 Mehrotra acted as Co-Director of Health Policy Curriculum, Essentials of the Profession: Evidence, Ethics, Policy, and Social Medicine, for all first year HMS & HSDM students, in 2019 becoming a Course Director at Harvard Medical School.

Mehrotra is a leading voice on Telemedicine, serving on numerous committees on the local and national level, among these: the Joint Commission’s 2016 Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) on Telemedicine Regulations, and the 2021 Telemedicine SIG Executive Committee National Institute of Health. He is currently a member of the 2022 ASPE Technical Expert Panel Department of Health and Human Services Tele-Behavioral Health Services Across State Lines, 2022 Fulbright US Student Program National Screening Committee Fulbright Program Committee, and the 2022 Division of Services and Intervention Research Director Search National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Committee.

Mehrotra’s research focuses on delivery innovations such as retail clinics, e-visits, and telemedicine, including their impact on quality, costs, and access to health care. He is also interested in the role of consumerism and whether price transparency and public reporting of quality can impact patient decision making. Related work has focused on the impact of new payment models and quality measurement, including how natural language processing can be used to analyze the data in electronic health records.

Mehrotra received his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Boston. His clinical work has been both as a primary care physician and as an adult and pediatric hospitalist. He also has received formal research training with a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.