Danny R. Hughes, PhD

Senior Director, Health Policy Research and Senior Research Fellow
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Dr. Danny R. Hughes serves as the Senior Director for Health Policy Research and as a Senior Research Fellow of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.  He is also an affiliate member of George Mason University’s Department of Health Administration and Policy. 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.  Dr. Hughes has published over 60 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 an 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.

Selected Publications

D.R. Hughes, M. Jiang, R. Duszak. 2015. “A Comparison of Diagnostic Imaging Ordering Patterns between Advanced Practice Clinicians and Primary Care Physicians following Office-based Evaluation and Management Visits,” JAMA Internal Medicine, 175(1): 101-107

D. R. Hughes, A. Khaliq. 2014. “The Effect of Macroeconomic Conditions on the Care Decisions of the Employed,” Medical Care, 52(2): 121-127.

J. Eckhause, S. A. Gabriel, D. R. Hughes, 2012. “An Integer Programming Approach for Evaluating R&D Funding Decisions with Optimal Budget Allocations,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 59(4): 679-691

D.R. Hughes, J. Sunshine, M. Bhargavan, H. Forman, 2011. “Physician Self-Referral for Imaging and the Cost of Chronic Care for Medicare Beneficiaries” Medical Care, 49(9): 857-864

D. R. Hughes, M. Bhargavan, J. Sunshine, 2010. “Imaging Self-Referral Associated With Higher Costs, Limited Impact On Illness Duration” Health Affairs, 29(12): 2244-2251