James C. Robinson

by Jasmine Batchelor

January 5, 2018

Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics,
Director, Berkeley Center for Health Technology,
Division Head, Health Policy and Management,
University of California School of Public Health

James Robinson is Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology (BCHT) at the University of California at Berkeley. He serves on a variety of professional boards and advisory boards, including the Integrated Healthcare Association and National Institute for Health Care Management, and as contributing editor for Health Affairs journal.  Professor Robinson gives numerous keynote speeches and board presentations for medical technology firms, health insurance plans, hospitals, medical groups, universities, and public agencies.

At Berkeley, Professor Robinson’s research focuses on the biotechnology, medical device, insurance, and health care delivery sectors. He has published three books and over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Health Affairs.  His most recent book, “Purchasing Medical Innovation: The Right Technology for the Right Patient at the Right Price” analyzes the roles of the FDA, health insurers, hospitals, and consumers in the assessment, purchasing, and use of high-cost implantable devices. Professor Robinson’s econometric research currently centers on the impact of reference pricing on consumer choices and employer spending for surgical procedures, laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging, and pharmaceuticals.