Department of Medicine
Ya-Chen Tina Shih applies methods of health economics, health services research, and pharmacoeconomics in medical research, in particular cancer research. She studies the diffusion of new medical technologies among various patients/provider subgroups and/or geographic areas, and examines the impact of new technologies on the outcomes and costs of cancer care. She is currently working on a funded study that examines the costs, outcomes, and utilization patterns of biologics among cancer patients. Other ongoing research includes the study of newer radiation or surgical techniques among cancer patients and evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of patient navigation programs in reducing disparities in cancer care.
Recent publications include “Demand-Induced Supply in the Information Age: A Latent Class Model Analysis,” “Breast Brachytherapy After Breast-Conserving Surgery: Rapid Diffusion of an Emerging Technology in The United States,” and “A Flexible Two-Part Random Effect Model for Correlated Medical Costs.” She has published in the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and Journal of Clinical Oncology, among others. She was the recipient of the E. Lee Walker Imagination Award through the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 2007.
Shih received her PhD from Stanford University in 1997, her MA from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan in 1990, and her BA from the National Taiwan University in 1988, all in economics.
Shih joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.