David Meyers


David Meyers successfully defended his dissertation “The Validity of Medicare Advantage 5-Star Ratings” in what a committee member described as a “tour de force.”

With a BA in International Relations and Community Health from Tufts University and a Master's in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Tufts University School of Medicine, David entered the program in 2016 with research interests including social determinants of health, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid policy, health disparities, and payment and delivery reform. A prolific researcher, David’s many distinctions include the 2019 AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh Student Award, Nora Kahn Piore Award for Health Services Research, HSR Best of the 2018 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting Award: The Effects of Medicare Advantage Contract Concentration on Patients’ Nursing Home Outcomes; and HSR Best of the 2017 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting Award: Long-Term Impact of a Postdischarge Community Health Worker Intervention on Health Care Costs in a Safety-Net System. David was a 2017-2019 Graduate Student Representative of the Brown University Graduate School Council

The Program is proud to call David one of our own. Congratulations, David!

Tell us about your time at Brown. What did you enjoy most about being a doctoral student here?

I had a truly fantastic time as a doctoral student in the department at Brown. I think the best part of the Program and what really made it the experience that it was is the people. The faculty were always generous with their time and great to work with, the staff were always there to lend a helping hand and the students are a great support system and have become some of my closest friends. 

What public health issues do you hope to address through your dissertation?

My dissertation focused on evaluating the Medicare Advantage star rating system. The Medicare Advantage program, the portion of Medicare run by private insurance plans, is rapidly growing. As it continues to grow, in order to ensure quality, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rates each plan using a 5-star rating system. In my dissertation I wanted to understand if these ratings actually represented improved outcomes for enrollees. I was also interested in understanding how well these ratings capture disparities in care.

What are your future plans now that you have finished your PhD?

I will be sticking around in the department as an Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice!