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Mark BounthavongMark Bounthavong, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Health Economist
Health Economics Resource Center (HERC)
VA Palo Alto Healthcare System
795 Willow Road (152 MPD)
Menlo Park, CA 94025
P: (650) 617-2630
F: (650) 617-2639
E: mark.bounthavong@va.gov

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Mark is a health economist at HERC and investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i). He also is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California at San Diego and the National Clinical Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pharmacy Benefits Management. 

Mark’s research interests include pharmacoeconomics, outcomes research, health economics, process and program evaluations, econometric methods, and evidence synthesis using Bayesian methods. He has performed value assessments of therapeutics for schizophrenia, cardiology, and infectious diseases. More recently, he has focused his research on substance use disorder and the behavioral strategies used to mitigate this issue, particularly academic detailing, which is an outreach delivered by clinicians to augment and align other clinician’s prescribing behavior with evidence-based practice. He currently is working to understand the financial risks associated with substance use disorders. 

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