José J. Escarce, M.D., Ph.D., an internist, health economist, and health services researcher, is Professor of Medicine in the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Senior Natural Scientist at RAND. He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, a master’s degree from Harvard, and his medical degree and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.  He completed his residency in internal medicine at Stanford before practicing medicine for two years at the San Ysidro Health Center, a community health center in San Ysidro, California. 

Dr. Escarce has published extensively on variety of topics including the health care workforce; patient and physician behavior under economic incentives; racial and socioeconomic differences in medical care; medical technology diffusion; and the effects of market forces on access, costs, and quality of care.

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Science, and currently serves on the IOM Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice and the National Center for Health Statistics Board of Scientific Counselors. He also serves as Chair of the National Advisory Board for the Merck Company Foundation’s Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Academy​ Health. He previously served on the Department of Health and Human Services National Advisory Council for Health Care Policy, Research, and Evaluation. Dr. Escarce is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Health Services Research, one of the leading journals in its field.