Section of General Internal Medicine
University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Ave MC 6098
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-0836
Fax: (773) 702-3538
E-mail: dmeltzer@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu


M.D. University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, 1993.

Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1994.

Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1996.

Ph.D. University of Chicago, Department of Economics, 1992.

Dissertation: "Mortality Decline, the Demographic Transition, and Economic Growth"
Preliminary Examinations in Industrial Organization and Labor Economics
Specialization in Health Economics and Economic Demography

B.S. Yale College, 1986.
Majors: Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Economics


Lee Lusted Prize, Society for Medical Decision Making, 1996.

University of Chicago:
Doctor of Medicine with Honors
NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship
NSF Graduate Fellowship in Economics
University of Chicago Searle Fellowship
Alpha Omega Alpha

Yale College:
summa cum laude
Distinction in Economics
Distinction in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Dickerman Prize for the Best Senior Essay in Economics: "Economic Determinants of Child Timing and Spacing Decisions: The Role of Liquidity Constraints"
Phi Beta Kappa




  1. Meltzer, David. Mortality Decline, the Demographic Transition, and Economic Growth. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Chicago, Department of Economics, December 1992.

  2. Meltzer, David. "Are Generalists the Answer for Primary Care?" JAMA, PULSE 269 (13):1711,1714, April 7, 1993.

  3. Dranove, David and David Meltzer. "Do Important Drugs Reach the Market Sooner?" with David Dranove RAND Journal of Economics 25 (3): 402-423, 1994.

  4. Meltzer, David. Book Review: "Valuing Health Care: Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness of Pharmaceuticals and other Medical Technologies" by Frank Sloan. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995. Journal of Public Policy and Management, Summer 1996.

  5. Meltzer, David. "Accounting for Future Costs in Medical Cost-Effectiveness Analysis". Journal of Health Economics. 16 (1): 33-64, 1997. Also published as". National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series # 5946, February, 1997.

  6. Meltzer, David. Book Review: Primary Care: America's Health in a New Era by Donaldson MS, Yordy KD, Lohr KN, Vanselow NA; eds. National Academy Press, Washington D.C. 1996 in Annals of Internal Medicine 126 (12): 1008, June 15, 1997.

  7. Meltzer, David. Commentary on "The Covariance Structure of Mortality Rates in Hospitals" by Douglas Staiger: NBER Conference on Economics of Aging and Health Care, Boulders, AZ, May, 1995. In press.

  8. Johannesson, Magnus, David Meltzer and Richard O'Conor. "Incorporating Future Costs in Medical Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Implications for the Cost-Effectiveness of the Treatment of Hypertension" Medical Decision Making. In press.

  9. Meltzer, David. "Theoretical Issues in Accounting for Future Costs in Medical Cost-Effectiveness Analysis" in Policy Issues in Pharmaceutical Cost -Effectiveness Analysis. AEI Press. In Press.

  10. Meltzer, David. "Mortality Decline, the Demographic Transition, and Economic Growth". Under revision, Journal of Political Economy.

  11. Meltzer, David and Magnus Johannesson."Inconsistencies in the 'Societal Perspective' on Costs of the Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine". Medical Decision Making. Under review.

  12. Chodak, Gerald, Ronald Thisted, Glenn Gerber, David Meltzer and the Prostate Cancer Meta-Analysis Group. "Comparison of Prostate Cancer Specific Survival in Men with Localized Prostate Cancer Treated by Watchful Waiting or Radical Prostatectomy based on Meta-analyses of Individual Patient Data". JAMA. Under review.

  13. Meltzer, David, Gerald Chodak, Sema Barlas, and Robin Hogarth. "Assessing Benefits and Costs of Prostate Cancer Screening Using Decision Analysis". In preparation.

  14. Meltzer, David, David Bates and Fred Hiltz. "Effect of House Officer Workload on Length of Stay on Traditional and Managed Care Medical Services". In preparation.

  15. Meltzer, David. "Addressing Uncertainty in Medical Cost-Effectiveness Analysis." In preparation.


    Journal of Health Economics
    Journal of Human Resources
    Journal of Labor Economics
    Journal of Political Economy
    Medical Decision Making
    New England Journal of Medicine