Danny R. Hughes, PhD
Professor, School of Economics
Director, Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Hughes is a Professor in the School of Economics and Director of Georgia Tech’s Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL). An economist by training, his research focuses on the roles of technology, innovation, and incentives in the delivery and usage of health care services – with a specific focus on the economics of diagnostic imaging. He has a passion for developing mathematical models with practical and relevant policy applications and is equally at home developing optimization and simulation models common to operations research as performing economic and econometric analyses. His externally funded research has focused on exploiting large scale data to explore contemporary health policy issues. Dr. Hughes has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications in leading journals to include Health Affairs, JAMA Internal Medicine, and Medical Care.
Dr. Hughes’ previous experience includes serving on the faculties of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s Department of Health Administration and Policy and the University of South Alabama’s Department of Economics and Finance. He has also held non-academic positions as Executive Director of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, Assistant Director of Research for the American College of Radiology, a Research Fellow at the Logistics Management Institute, and as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Operations Specialist in the United States Army. Dr. Hughes earned a B.S. in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD in Economics from the University of Georgia.