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Danny Hughes, PhD

Department of Health Administration and Policy

Danny Hughes

Dr. Danny R. Hughes serves as the Research Director and as a Senior Research Fellow of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. An economist by training, his research focuses on the roles of technology, innovation, and incentives in the delivery and usage of health care services with a specific focus on the economics of diagnostic imaging. He has a passion for developing mathematical models with practical and relevant policy applications and is equally at home performing economic and econometric analyses as developing optimization and simulation models common to operations research. His research has been published in leading journals such as Health Affairs, Medical Care, and IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management. 

Dr. Hughes' previous experience includes serving on the faculties of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's Department of Health Administration and Policy and the University of South Alabama's Department of Economics and Finance. He has also held non-academic positions as an Assistant Director of Research for the American College of Radiology, a Research Fellow at the Logistics Management Institute, and as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Operations Specialist in the United States Army.


  • PhD, Economics, University of Georgia, Athens, 2005
  • BS, Economics, George Institute of Technology, Atlanta, 1998