David Chin

University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management David Chin
Assistant Professor
331 Arnold House


B.S., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2013

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Healthcare quality measurement, health policy, health informatics and high dimensional data

Research Description: 

I focus on three health services research domains: 1) the development of outcome measures to quantify quality, value, and safety in healthcare; 2) novel statistical and computational approaches for inference from high-dimensional correlated data; 3) health policy innovation. Unified by data-driven quantitative inference, I emphasize methodology while employing data sets from diverse sources (e.g. electronic health records (EHR), clinical registries, statewide all-payer administrative claims, nationwide private payer, department of defense clinical records) to measure patient outcomes. Some of my ongoing projects include: 1) development of novel instruments to measure Serious Reportable Events occurring in hospitals; 2) the impact of public reporting of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft in California; 3) quantum computing applications for health outcomes and policy.

Key Publications: 

1.      Chin DL, Bang H, Manickam RN, Romano PS. Rethinking Thirty-Day Hospital Readmissions: Shorter Intervals Might Be Better Indicators Of Quality Of Care. Health Affairs. 2016;35(10):1867-1875. PMID: 27702961.

2.      Polage CR, Gyorke C, Kennedy M, Leslie J, Chin DL, Wang S, Nguyen H, Huang B, Tang YW, Lee L, Kim K, Taylor S, Romano PS, Panacek E, Goodell P, Solnick JV, Cohen SH. Overdiagnosis of Clostridium difficile Infection in the Molecular Era, JAMA Intern Med. Sep 8, 2015:1-10. PMID: 26348734.

3.      Chin DL, Wilson MH, Bang H, Romano PS. Comparing Patient Outcomes of Academician-Preceptors, Hospitalist-Preceptors, and Hospitalists on Internal Medicine Services in an Academic Medical Center. Journal of General Internal Medicine. Aug 12, 2014. PMID: 25112461.

4.      Polage CR, Chin DL, Leslie JL, Tang J, Cohen SH, Solnick JV. Outcomes in patients tested for Clostridium difficile toxins. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease. Dec 2012;74(4): 369-373. PMID: 23009731.

5.      Armstrong AW, Lin SW, Chambers CJ, Sockolov ME, Chin DL. Psoriasis and hypertension severity: results from a case-control study. PloS One. 2011;6(3): e18227. PMID: 21479272.