José J. Escarce, MD, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, a Professor of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and a Senior Natural Scientist at RAND Corporation. Dr. Escarce, a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) researcher, received a Doctorate of Medicine and Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Physics from Harvard University, Boston, MA. His research interests include provider and patient behavior under economic incentives, access to care, racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, immigrant health, and the impact of managed care on cost and quality.
2003-2004 Pilot Project, "Health effects of assimilation across Latino generations."Dr. Escarce's RCMAR/CHIME-funded project assessed the existence and direction of bias in cross-sectional health comparisons of immigrant and U.S.-born Latinos, using data from the National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) for 1989-1991 and 1999-2001.