Christopher C. Afendulis, PhD

Christopher C. Afendulis, PhD, a Senior Research Associate in health care policy, joined the faculty of the Department of Health Care Policy in 2006. His research interests include the impact of managed care practices on the adoption of new medical technologies. He also studies the role that reimbursement incentives play in medical providers’ referral and integration decisions, utilization and outcomes among nursing home patients, and racial and ethnic differences in treatments for mothers and infants.

Current projects include an investigation of the impacts of expanding MRI and CT availability over time on health care costs, utilization, and outcomes; the relationship between Medicare reimbursement rules, hospitals’ vertical integration decisions, and the provision of post-acute care; methods for linking Medicare enrollment and claims records with cause-of-death data; and the impact of the Medicare prescription drug benefit on hospitalization rates.

Before joining HCP, Dr. Afendulis served as a senior research analyst at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a senior research analyst at both the Stanford University Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research and the Stanford Department of Health Research and Policy. Dr. Afendulis received his AB in political science from the University of Michigan and his PhD in political science from Harvard University.

Honors and Awards

1991: Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan

1992: William Jennings Bryan Prize, University of Michigan

1992-1995: National Science FOundation Graduate Fellowship

1992-1997: Arthur Maas Graduate Fellowship, Department of Government, Harvard University

1994-1996: Jacob Javits Graduate Fellowship

1996: Mellon Foundation Fissertation Fellowship, Department of Government, Harvard University

2012: Recipient, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Outstanding Article of the Year