Heather T Gold

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Heather Gold

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Assistant Director, Health Services Research, NYU Cancer Institute
Director, Population Health Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Contact Info

Address
227 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016

212-263-4253
Heather.Gold@nyumc.org

Research Summary

My work focuses on determining how differences in care affect health and economic outcomes in order to provide the basis for new healthcare policies that encourage appropriate use of medical treatment and technology, with the goal of improving lives and fairly allocating available resources. To address clinical and policy-relevant questions, I have conducted analyses of large-scale observational databases (e.g., SEER-Medicare, Medicare, state all-payer, and healthcare system-based data) and built mathematical models. I recognize the inherent limitations of such quantitative analyses and strive to address them using complex statistical methods and creative approaches.

Currently I am focused on understanding how multiple comorbid conditions are managed and interact with each other in the context of socioeconomic and racial/ethnic variations in care patterns. I am pursuing studies of patient populations with an ongoing chronic condition who are then faced with a new disease or treatment decision that could affect the pre-existing condition in the clinical areas of cancer and orthopaedic surgery. I also am engaged in the implementation of and research on patient-reported outcomes in the electronic health record. The findings of such research will inform optimal care coordination and evidence-based interventions to reduce avoidable morbidity and mortality from multimorbidity.

I am an expert in cost-effectiveness analysis and costing out comparative behavioral interventions. I teach the course in cost-effectiveness analysis for the Master’s Program in Clinical Investigation at NYU School of Medicine.

Finally, I am active in the Society for Medical Decision Making and am Secretary-Treasurer through October 2017. SMDM’s mission is “to improve health outcomes through the advancement of proactive systematic approaches to clinical decision making and policy-formation in health care by providing a scholarly forum that connects and educates researchers, providers, policy-makers, and the public.”


Influence of Extent of Lymph Node Evaluation on Survival for Pathologically Lymph Node Negative Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Becker, Daniel J; Levy, Benjamin P; Gold, Heather T; Sherman, Scott E; Makarov, Danil V; Schreiber, David; Wisnivesky, Juan P; Pass, Harvey I. Influence of Extent of Lymph Node Evaluation on Survival for Pathologically Lymph Node Negative Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. American journal of clinical oncology. 2017 Mar 15;:?-? (2490082)

How Active is Active Surveillance? Intensity of Follow-Up During Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer in the United States
Loeb, Stacy; Walter, Dawn; Curnyn, Caitlin; Gold, Heather T; Lepor, Herbert; Makarov, Danil V. How Active is Active Surveillance? Intensity of Follow-Up During Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer in the United States. Journal of urology. 2016 Sep;196(3):721-726 (2046422)

Cost effectiveness of meniscal allograft for torn discoid lateral meniscus in young women
Ramme, Austin J; Strauss, Eric J; Jazrawi, Laith; Gold, Heather Taffet. Cost effectiveness of meniscal allograft for torn discoid lateral meniscus in young women. Physician & sportsmedicine. 2016 Sep;44(3):278-282 (2136382)

Appropriateness of Prostate Cancer Imaging among Veterans in a Delivery System without Incentives for Overutilization
Makarov, Danil V; Hu, Elaine Y C; Walter, Dawn; Braithwaite, R Scott; Sherman, Scott; Gold, Heather T; Zhou, Xiao-Hua Andrew; Gross, Cary P; Zeliadt, Steven B. Appropriateness of Prostate Cancer Imaging among Veterans in a Delivery System without Incentives for Overutilization. Health services research. 2016 Jun;51(3):1021-1051 (2114032)

End-of-Life Care for People With Cancer From Ethnic Minority Groups: A Systematic Review
LoPresti, Melissa A; Dement, Fritz; Gold, Heather T. End-of-Life Care for People With Cancer From Ethnic Minority Groups: A Systematic Review. American journal of hospice & palliative care. 2016 Apr;33(3):291-305 (1428692)