Dr. Finkelstein is Professor of Health Services and Systems Research Program at the Duke-NUS Medical School and the Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care. He also holds appointments at NUS School of Public Health and Duke University Global Health Institute. His research focuses on the economic causes and consequences of health behaviors, with a primary emphasis on the use of traditional and behavioral economic incentives to influence those behaviors in ways to improve the public's health. Recent research also focuses on studies to better understand the complicated decisions that revolve around end of life care. He has published over 160 manuscripts and 2 books in these areas, and also successfully commercialized an Obesity Cost Calculator for employers and insurers. Based on google scholar, he has an h-index of 48 and his publications have been cited over 15,000 times, including in the landmark Supreme Court decision upholding the U.S. Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). In 2015, he was selected by Thomson Reuters as one of the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds.
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