David Grabowski, PhD

David C. Grabowski, PhD, is a professor of health care policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the economics of aging with a particular interest in the area of long-term care. His research has considered issues related to long-term care financing, organization and delivery of services.

Dr. Grabowski was the principal investigator on grants from the National Institute on Aging examining Medicare payment incentives and the implications for nursing home volume, patient acuity and quality of care (R01 AG30079); selection and the impact of ownership on nursing home quality (R01 AG34179); public policy and the demand for long-term care insurance (R01 AG41109); and specialization in the treatment of serious mental illness or dementia (R01 AG047194). Other projects include research on the market for post-acute care, work analyzing the relationship between Medicare and Medicaid in long-term care, and an analysis of the growth in potential substitutes for nursing home care, such as assisted living. Dr. Grabowski also led a team at Harvard in the evaluation of the CMS Nursing Home Value-Based Purchasing Demonstration.

Dr. Grabowski is a coeditor of the journal Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology and he is a member of the editorial board of Medical Care Research & Review and B.E. Journals in Economic Analysis & Policy. He was the 2004 recipient of the Thompson Prize for Young Investigators from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Dr. Grabowski received his BA from Duke University and his PhD in public policy from the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.  


Honors and Awards


Annual Saward-Berg Lecturer

University of Rochester Research

Finalist, Annual Health Care Research Award

National Institute of Health Care Management Research

Vision Care Section Outstanding Publication

American Public Health Association Research

John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators

Association of University Programs in Health Administration Research

Best Abstract

UAB Center for Aging Annual Meeting Research

2002, 2005

Most Outstanding Abstract

AcademyHealth, Annual Research Conference




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