Steven M. Asch

Adjunct Policy Analyst
Off Site Office


M.D., University of California, San Diego; M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in biology, Yale University


Steven M. Asch is an adjunct health policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, deputy associate chief of staff for health services research at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Asch's research applies quality measurement systems to ensure that patients get needed medical care, particularly in the areas of communicable disease and public health. Asch has led several national projects developing broad-based quality measurement tools for veterans, Medicare beneficiaries, and communities at large. He also directs a multisite center for quality improvement in HIV and hepatitis positive as part of the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative. His educational efforts are focused on training physician fellows in health services research, and he serves as the director of the VA Los Angeles Health Services Research Fellowship and associate director of the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Asch is a practicing internist and palliative care physician and the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles.

Asch received his M.D. from the UCSD School of Medicine, and his M.P.H. from the UCLA School of Public Health.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Deputy Associate Chief of Staff, Health Services Research and Development, Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; Associate Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Recent Projects

  • National study of the quality of health care Americans receive and comparison with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs system
  • Effectiveness of pay for performance in Taiwan
  • Methods for improving rates of HIV screening among vulnerable populations

Selected Publications

S. M. Asch et al., "Who Is at Greatest Risk for Receiving Poor Quality Health Care?" New England Journal of Medicine, 2006

S. M. Asch et al., "Does the Collaborative Model Improve Care for Chronic Heart Failure?" Medical Care, 43(7), 2005

S. M. Asch et al., "Quality of Care for Hypertension in the United States," BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 5(1), 2005

S. M. Asch et al., "Comparison of Quality of Care for Patients in the Veterans Health Administration and Patients in a National Sample," Annals of Internal Medicine, 141(12), 2004

S. M. Asch et al., "Measuring Underuse of Necessary Care Among Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries Using Inpatient and Outpatient Claims," Journal of the American Medical Association, 284(18), 2000