Professor of the Practice of Health Services, Policy and Practice


Dr. Judith D. Bentkover is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown School of Public Health. She is also the founding Executive | Academic Development Director of Brown's Executive Masters in Healthcare Leadership Program.

She is also a Professor of the Practice in the Economics Department at Tufts University and the former President and CEO of Innovative Health Solutions, a consulting firm providing research and strategic analysis to health care manufacturers, providers, and payers. Dr. Bentkover leads international multidisciplinary teams in projects associated with therapy economics. She focuses on applied economic and decision analysis associated with the use of pharmaceuticals, devices, biotechnology products, procedures, and diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive regimens. Her work includes modeling, data analysis, forecasting, and meta analysis to generate results about cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, cost-minimization, quality of life, decisionmaking, and outcomes.

Dr. Bentkover's research interests include the impact of healthcare policy on cost, access, and quality of the delivery and financing of medical services and the health of specific populations.  Her recent research relates to mental health:  Alzheimer's Disease, Post Traumatic Stress, and Traumatic Brain Injury. 

Dr. Bentkover co-edited a book about leading health care transformation in an era of continual change.  Her research involves the development of a guide for all players in the healthcare arena to improve their performance and achieve an enduring competitive edge.

Dr. Bentkover has worked throughout Europe and Asia and has considerable experience and knowledge of various healthcare systems, including their requirements about economic analysis.

Previously, Dr. Bentkover was Partner-in-Charge of KPMG's Strategic Health Solutions practice, a global consulting team providing pricing, reimbursement, marketing and commercialization strategy development formulated on the basis of therapy economics.

Dr. Bentkover was a member of the Harvard University faculty, where she taught health economics, applied research seminars, and policy courses. She directed the Ph.D. program sponsored by Harvard's Medical School, Kennedy School of Government, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Public Health. At Harvard, she taught the Applied Research courses at both Harvard School of Public Health and the Kennedy School of Government. Her research at Harvard focused on methods of technology assessment and Medicare payment reform.

Recruited to help start the Boston Health Care Coalition, the Greater Boston Health Forum, Dr. Bentkover was the Deputy Director, and was responsible for initiating and directing all research projects.

As a Vice President of Arthur D. Little International, she built a worldwide practice devoted to assisting governments, insurers, and the biopharmaceutical manufacturers develop strategic responses to prevailing healthcare market forces.

Dr. Bentkover recently served on the Board of Directors of Health Imperatives, a large, diversified nonprofit health and human service organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in Massachusetts.

Dr. Bentkover has authored approximately 100 research articles, chapters, monographs, books and reports. Dr. Bentkover has testified before Congress, explaining the drivers of hospital costs. Dr. Bentkover is a reviewer for the several pharmacoeconomics, medical, and health policy journals. She was included on Health Care 500's list of the most influential health policy makers in the U.S. and is recognized as a developer of pharmacoeconomics, translating cost-benefit methodology into innovative strategic management tools. She often is invited as a guest lecturer at universities, executive workshops, and conferences.

Dr. Bentkover serves on the Board of Directors of WaterFire Providence, an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. She chairs the Governance Committee.

Other nonprofit organizations with which Dr. Bentkover is affiliated include Collie Rescue League of New England, The Boston Club, and various alumnae groups.

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