Lorens A. Helmchen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University.
Dr. Helmchen teaches courses on health economics, statistical methods, and predictive analytics in the School's online and residential graduate programs and is a 2019-2020 Fellow of the School's Academy of Master Teachers.
Dr. Helmchen applies microeconomic theory and econometric methods to study innovation in provider payment, health insurance benefit design, physician performance, and personalized medicine.
Dr. Helmchen’s research has been published in Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Health Care Management Review, Journal of Health Economics, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and others, and featured on National Public Radio, in the New York Times, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Health Economics and Management.
Dr. Helmchen’s research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the George Washington University Cancer Center, the Inova Translational Medicine Institute, and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM).
Dr. Helmchen earned an M.A. in economics from Humboldt University, Berlin, and was a visiting graduate student at ENSAE, Paris, and Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Helmchen is fluent in German and Spanish and proficient in French.
He co-organizes the monthly Collaborative Health Economics Seminar Series (CHESS).