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Network Investigator Showcase: March 2011

Jose Escarce, MD, PhD - Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Senior Natural Scientist at the RAND Corp and Member of the Institute of Medicine

José Escarce, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the Geffen School of Medicine and a senior natural scientist at the RAND Corp. He graduated from Princeton University, received a master's degree from Harvard University, and earned a medical degree and a doctorate in health economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his medical residency at Stanford University.

Escarce has published extensively on a variety of topics, including physician behavior, medical technology adoption, racial and socioeconomic differences in health care, and the effects of market forces on access, costs and quality of care. He currently serves on the Institute of Medicine [IOM]'s Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice and its Roundtable on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health; is a member of AcademyHealth's Methods Council; and sits on the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Health Advisors. He is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Health Services Research, one of the leading scholarly publications in its field, and serves on the board of directors of AcademyHealth. In 2008, Dr. Escarce was elected into the IOM as well.

Project Title: "Community demographics and access to health care among US hispanics"

Project Data: 1996–2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data, linked to secondary data sources and including 14,504 observations from 8,371 Mexican American respondents living in metropolitan areas.

Recent and Pending Publications

Rogowski J, Freedman VA, Wickstrom SL, Adams J, Escarce JJ. (2008). Socioeconomic disparities in medical provider visits among medicare managed care enrollees. Inquiry. Spring;45(1):112-29.

Dob, D.P., Fincha, BK, Basurto-Davilad, R., Birdc, C, Escarce, J., and Luriec, N. (2008). Does place explain racial health disparities? Quantifying the contribution of residential context to the Black/white health gap in the United States. Social Science & Medicine. 67(8): 1258-1268.

Flores, Y. N., H. F. Yee,Leng M, Escarce, J, Bastani R, Salmerón, J  and Morales, L.
(2008). "Risk Factors for Chronic Liver Disease in Blacks, Mexican Americans, and Whites in the United States: Results From NHANES IV 1999-2004." The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 103(9): 2231-2238.

Wu, S, Ridgely, S.M., Escarce, J, and Morales, L. (2007). Language Access Services for Latinos with Limited EnglishProficiency: Lessons Learned from Hablamos Juntos. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 22 (Suppl 2):350–5.

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Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey