Ankur Pandya

Assistant Professor of Decision Science

Department of Health Policy and Management


Dr. Pandya loves teaching introductory health decision science and conducting research built on these methods. His areas of interest are: 1) applied decision science studies evaluating cardiovascular disease policies; 2) connecting cost-effectiveness analysis with broader value-based health policies being implemented or piloted in U.S. health reform; and 3) methodological topics within disease simulation modeling (calibration, validation, value of information). His research has been covered in The New York Times, National Public Radio, NBC Nightly News, and other media outlets.

Before joining HPM, Dr. Pandya served as Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research with a secondary appointment in the Department of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College from 2012-2014. He graduated from the Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy in 2012, and holds a BS from Cornell University in Nutritional Sciences, and an MPH from Yale University in Health Policy and Administration. Prior to entering the PhD program, he worked for two years at a health economics/outcomes research consulting firm.


PhD, 2012, Harvard University
MPH, 2005, Yale University
BS, 2003, Cornell University


Decision Analysis for Health and Medical Practices (RDS 280, Fall-2)

Selected Publications

Pandya A, Sy S, Cho S, Weinstein MC, Gaziano TA. Cost-effectiveness of 10-year risk thresholds for initiation of statin therapy for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. JAMA. 2015 Jul 14;314(2):142-50.

Pandya A, Gupta A, Kamel H, Navi B, Sanelli PC, Schackman BR. Cost-effectiveness of cerebrovascular reserve assessment to guide management of patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis. Radiology. 2014 Sep 16:140501. [Epub ahead of print]

Pandya A, Weinstein MC, Cutler D, Salomon JA, Gaziano TA. Who needs laboratories and who needs statins? Comparative and cost effectiveness analyses of non-laboratory-based, laboratory-based, and staged primary cardiovascular disease screening guidelines. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2014 Jan; 7(1):25-32.

Pandya A, Gaziano TA, Weinstein MC, Cutler D. More Americans Living Longer With Cardiovascular Disease Will Increase Costs While Lowering Quality Of Life. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Oct;32(10):1706-1714.

Gaziano TA, Pandya A, Steyn K, Levitt N, Mollentze W, Joubert G, Walsh CM, Motala AA, Kruger A, Schutte AE, Naidoo DP, Prakaschandra DR, Laubscher R. Comparative assessment of absolute cardiovascular disease risk characterization from non-laboratory-based risk assessment in South African populations. BMC Med. 2013 Jul 24;11(1):170.

Taylor DC, Pawar V, Kruzikas D, Gilmore KE, Pandya A, Iskandar R, Weinstein MC. Calibrating Longitudinal Models to Cross-Sectional Data: The Effect of Temporal Changes in Health Practices. Value in Health. 2011 Jul-Aug;14(5):700-4.