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Join us in Welcoming the Buehler Center’s Two Associate Directors
To match the diversity of the Buehler Center members, we have recruited associate directors: Matthew Notowidigdo, PhD from Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Craig Garthwaite, PhD from the Kellogg School of Management. Please join us in welcoming Matt and Craig to the Buehler Center! They bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our center. Learn more about them

Matthew Notowidigdo, PhD

Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics at Northwestern University

Dr. Notowidigdo, who did his engineering and economic training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a co-editor at the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, an associate editor at the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economics Research (NBER). His co-authored paper that was published in the Journal of the European Economic Association, “What Good is Wealth without Health? The Effect of Health on the Marginal Utility of Consumption," won the association's 2014 Hicks-Tinbergen Medal, awarded to the most outstanding article published in the last two years. 

Craig Garthwaite, PhD

Associate Professor of Strategy and the Herman R. Smith Professor in Hospital and Health Service, and Director of the Program on Healthcare at Kellogg (HCAK)

Dr. Garthwaite received a B.A. and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and his PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland. Garthwaite's research has appeared in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics and Health Affairs and has been profiled in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and Vox. He has also appeared as a guest on various television and radio shows such as Nightly Business Report and NPR Marketplace. In 2015, Professor Garthwaite was named one of Poet and Quants 40 Best under 40 Business School Professors.

The Buehler Center is Pleased to Introduce our Board of Advisors

James Adams, MD, FACEP

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Northwestern Medicine (NM), Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

Bernard Black, JD

Nicholas D. Chabraja Professor at Northwestern University School of Law and Kellogg School of Management, Managing director of the Social Science Research Network, Founding Chairman of the annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies

David Cella, PhD

Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Social Sciences, Director of Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes, Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Associate Director for Prevention and Control at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

David Figlio, PhD

Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy and Orrington Lunt Professor, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty

Joseph Feinglass, PhD

Research Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Health services researcher with a PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the School of Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Neil Jordan, PhD

Director of the Mental Health Services & Policy Program, Health Economist and Health Services Researcher Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Preventive Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, PhD

Director of the Institute for Policy Research, Margaret Walker Alexander Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research

Newcomers to Buehler!

Meet the newest members of the Buehler Center

Anna Chorniy, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences
Dr. Chorniy, who will be joining the Buehler Center in July says, “I’m thrilled to become a part of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics. It will be an honor to work alongside other economists, social scientists, and most importantly, researchers trained as medical doctors to produce high quality work in advancing our understanding of efficient ways of health care provision and achieving better patient outcomes. I am especially excited to join because I believe that combining our skills is a way to make a real difference.” Learn more

Emily Kolar

Buehler Center Program Coordinator 

Ms. Kolar rejoins Northwestern University as the Center Program Coordinator after a two-year hiatus. When asked about managing the Buehler Center operations, Kolar says,“I wanted to work for an organization within Northwestern that is leading the future and I certainly feel star struck nearly every day. The people I am surrounded by are amazing and the research being done here is truly making an impact and turning our world into a better place. This is the type of environment I am proud to say I am a part of and I hope to make a positive impact by continuing to learn and improve my skillset and I look forward to helping the Buehler Center grow.”  Learn more

Buehler Goodbyes!

Kathleen Lawler, MS

Forensic Death Investigator at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office

Congratulations and many thanks to Kathleen Lawler who managed Buehler operations during our search for a permanent program coordinator. Lawler worked on the Department of Justice study in her spare time, collecting data on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation that will be used to develop a new screening instrument for national dissemination. Her training includes a bachelor’s degree in Genetics with a certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master’s degree in Forensic Science with a certificate in Medicolegal Death Investigation from Syracuse University. Read more

Member Awards

Members of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics are accomplishing great things 

Linda Teplin, PhD

Owen L. Coon Professor and Vice Chair for Research of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

A special congratulations goes to Dr. Linda A. Teplin, the “other” FSOM sociologist at Buehler, for winning the prestigious Paula H. Stern Award for Outstanding Women in Science and Medicine!  

Teplin describes her niche as, “Correctional populations.” Her work addresses critical omissions in the literature. “Criminologists study jails and prisons, but focus only on recidivism. Health services researchers study patients or community samples. We are among the few health services researchers that focus on the health needs and outcomes of correctional populations for the past two decades.”

Sera Lewise Young, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Named Andrew Carnegie Fellow and recipient of the “Brainy Award”
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sera Young has been awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship by the Carnegie Corporation. Young plans to study what the measurement of water insecurity "can teach us about peace, prosperity, health and policy." Methodologically, she draws on her training in medical anthropology (MA, University of Amsterdam), international nutrition (PhD, Cornell) and HIV (Fellowship, University of California San Francisco) to take a biocultural approach to understanding how mothers in low-resource settings cope to preserve their health and that of their families. 
Professor Young is a special Buehler fellow as she has so many contacts with the Center and Director Lori Post. Post and Young sat on the same World Bank research panel, were students at the Northwestern Op-Ed project, and provided testimony to the United Nations. Their grant application “Global Security Act: Policy Analysis and Measurement” was funded by USAID (May 2019). Learn more 

Ava Ganson Chappell, MD

Research Fellow Selected for the 2019-2020 Global Health Fellowship
Ava G. Chappell, MD will be moving to the Buehler Center in July to work on her fellowship. She will be developing new reconstructive techniques to address complications from female genital trauma such as survivors of female genital mutilation. In particular, she is very interested in the role of plastic and reconstructive surgery to address the unmet need of this marginalized population.  Currently, she is developing a project in collaboration with the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Northwestern Center for Global Health, and the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Feinberg School of Medicine.

Scott M. Dresden, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine 

7th percentile! First try! First R01 Award! SNAP!
Winning an R01 is a misnomer as it implies a random process like winning the lottery when there is nothing random about an R01 award. It takes gestalt, intelligence, and perseverance. These are three of Scott Dresden’s best qualities. The average R01 requires 300 hours of work that our faculty need to squeeze between all their other clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities. Dr. Dresden is the director of the Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations (GEDI). His primary research interests are in improving emergency department care and care coordination for vulnerable patients, particularly older adults and uninsured or underinsured patients. After learning he was awarded an R01, Dresden asserted, “I was in disbelief when I received the score and even more shocked when I found out it was actually funded. I believe that it is a validation that the work we are doing with GEDI has the potential to impact the lives of older adults, but also an acknowledgement that the evidence is yet to be established.  I am excited to embark on the journey of better understanding the impact of GEDI on older adults and the potential for EGRET to quickly identify patients who might benefit from GEDI.”

Buehler Center Research Training

Amy Kontrick, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine 
Dr. Kontrick is completing her master’s degree while applying for a fellowship - - all while working full time as an emergency physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is interested in changing how emergency physicians screen and care for patients presenting to the emergency department with obesity-related chronic disease.
Learn more about Kontrick’s work

Joy Johnson, MD, MSCI

Assistant Professor Department of Pediatric Cardiology
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with honors in 2008, she completed pediatric residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in 2011, Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at the University of Utah in 2014, and an advanced fellowship in non-invasive imaging at Northwestern University in 2015. She is currently applying for NIH K funding to define a novel framework to measure and compare value (outcome/cost) in the care of patients with congenital heart disease and determine how value varies across disease severity and centers. Read more

Nick Wlekinski, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Dr. Wlekinski is working with Dr. Post studying gun violence. He completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is a first-year, Emergency Medicine resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Gun violence is a major issue across the country especially in Chicago. Emergency medicine physicians are one of the first providers to administer aid after victims are brought into the hospital. Wlekinski explains his interest in gun violence, “I wanted to get involved with research involving gun violence and mass fatalities to help understand the increasing numbers of mass shootings and to bring more awareness to these topics."

Patricia O'Connell, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Dr. O’Connell will complete her scholarly project at the Buehler Center. She is interested in patterns of opioid overdose deaths. Specifically, she will be creating dynamic opioid overdose heat maps over time to identify the focal center of the epidemic and how it has moved across America in the past 20 years. She will rely on heat maps of opioid overdose death rates. O’Connell is a first year Emergency Medicine resident at Northwestern. She is originally from the East Coast but has relocated to the Midwest for her training. She attended the University of Notre Dame followed by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine before moving to Chicago for residency. Most of her prior research was in pediatric populations and she is excited to switch gears and work with the Buehler Center!​

Open Faculty Positions
The Buehler Center is expected to make several faculty hires over the next five years in conjunction with home departments consistent with applicant’s research focus. The following positions are currently open at the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Questions about the positions or applications can be directed to Lori Post, PhD, at If you know someone who would make a good:
Health Policy Professor Assistant, associate or full professor – Tenure Track. The Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, is seeking a full-time health policy professor at any rank.
Learn more

Health Economist Professor Assistant, associate or full professor – Tenure Track. The Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, is seeking a full-time health policy professor at any rank.
Learn more

Health Policy Evaluation Professor Assistant, associate or full professor – Team Scientist. The Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine is seeking a full-time health policy evaluation professor at any rank.
Learn more
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