Arnold Epstein

John H. Foster Professor of Health Policy and Management
Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management

Department of Health Policy and Management

677 Huntington Avenue
Kresge Building Room 403
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617.432.3415

Executive Assistant:
Bethany Maylone bmaylone@hsph.harvard.edu

Other Affiliations

Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management; Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy, HMS; Chief, Section on Health Services and Policy Research, Division of General Medicine (Brigham & Women’s Hospital); Associate Editor, New England Journal of Medicine


Dr. Epstein’s research interests focus on access and quality of care especially for disadvantaged populations. Among ongoing projects are studies that examine:

  1. The impact of Pay-for-Performance on quality of care for low-income patients;
  2. The impact of public quality performance reporting on quality improvement;
  3. The relationship between publicly reported measures of discharge planning and rates of readmission;
  4. Hospital governance and quality of care; and
  5. The relationship between expenditures and quality of care for persons with mental health conditions.


M.D., 1976, Duke University