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David A. Asch, M.D., M.B.A., has received this
year's prestigious Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Health Services Research.
The award recognizes a VA researcher whose work
has led to major improvements in the quality of
veterans' health care, has made key contributions
to the future of health services research through excellence
in training and mentorship, and has enhanced
the visibility and reputation of VA research
through national leadership.
Through nearly twenty years as a VA health services researcher, exceptional mentor,
and leader, Dr. Asch has exemplified the qualities the Award represents. Dr.
Asch is the co-Director of HSR&D's Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
(Pittsburgh-Philadelphia), whose mission is to reduce disparities and
promote quality in health and health care among veterans and other populations.
Dr. Asch's research aims to understand how physicians and patients behave
and make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically-charged
settings, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies,
the purchase of insurance, care at the end of life, organ transplantation, genetic
testing, and equity. His research combines elements of economic analysis
with moral and psychological theory and marketing. Dr. Asch practices internal
medicine at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and teaches health policy at the
Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
In the above photo, Dr. Joel Kupersmith is shown presenting the award to Dr.
Asch at the HSR&D National Meeting.