Vrushabh Ladage is a doctoral student in Health Policy and Clinical Practice at The Dartmouth Institute, Dartmouth College. He received his BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Arizona, and MHCI in Health Care Innovation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Before starting his doctoral studies, Ladage worked at Penn Medicine and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, researching the impact of prescription benefit design and reimbursement policies on access to specialty pharmaceuticals, and the quality and cost of health care. For his MHCI capstone, Ladage leveraged principles of behavioral economics, implementation and decision sciences to design and implement innovative ‘nudges’, which increased utilization of higher-value, lower cost cancer drugs by several fold across the 5 hospital and 4 community outpatient centers of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Ladage is a recipient of a 2021 AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship for the Annual Research Meeting.