The Diffusion of Medical Procedures and Technology Working Group

Kimon Bekelis, M.D.

Kimon Bekelis is a neurosurgeon and an Instructor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He has been involved in several projects focusing on outcome predictive modeling, resource utilization, regional disparities, diffusion of innovation, intensity of care, workforce allocation, medicolegal issues and cost. He has developed two software applications on risk prediction, and has received funding support from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Hitchcock Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr Bekelis holds several leadership positions in organized medicine.

Zhenping Dong, M.S.

Zhenping Dong is an analyst and programmer at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She performs data processing, develops database programming and gets involved in web development. She has extensive experience in working with Medicare data and website creation.

Jon Skinner, Ph.D.

Jonathan Skinner is the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor in Economics at Dartmouth College and a professor at the Geisel School of Medicine’s Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. A member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the IOM) and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), he is a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Resources. He is currently PI of a National Institute on Aging Program Grant (P01) and an NIH Common Fund U01 grant.