Dr. Ya-Chen Tina Shih is a Professor of Health Economics and Chief of the Section of Cancer Economics and Policy at the Department of Health Services Research, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Shih received her Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, with a concentration on labor/health economics and econometrics. She has served as Principal Investigator on research grants funded by the NIH, AHRQ, and ACS on topics related to economic aspects of cancer.
Dr. Shih has over 20 years of experience with health economic, economic evaluation, health services, and comparative effectiveness research. Major themes in her work include studying the diffusion of new medical technologies among various patient and provider subgroups and/or geographic areas; examining the impact of new technologies on the outcomes and costs of cancer care; and exploring the effect, especially the unintended consequences, of technology diffusion, health policies and regulations on cancer patients. Other research interests are applying novel methods to analyze medical cost data and assessing the cost-effectiveness of medical as well as behavioral interventions. Dr. Shih has over 190 publications, currently serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and is on the editorial advisory board of PharmacoEconomics, Journal of Oncology Practice, and Value in Health. She is a member of the American Cancer Society Guidelines Development Workgroup since 2011, and had served on the National Cancer Policy Forum at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) from 2011 to 2017.