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Michelle S. Keller

Adjunct Assistant Professor


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Health Policy and ManagementPart Time
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Dr. Keller studies the prescribing and use of controlled substances, including opioids, benzodiazepines, and antipsychotics. Dr. Keller also examines ways to improve patient-clinician communication.

Dr. Keller is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department in Health Policy and Management. Her primary appointment is at the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Keller uses methods from epidemiology, behavioral economics, and sociology to examine how clinicians, patients, and caregivers make decisions about medications, surgeries, and treatment plans – and how informatics and health system interventions can be used to improve clinician decision-making. Her current research focuses on improving medication management in minority older adults, reducing low-value health care, and facilitating patient-clinician communication. Dr. Keller recently conducted studies examining how clinicians incorporate patient comorbidities and risk factors when prescribing opioids, when and why clinicians adopt opioid risk mitigation strategies, and how health systems can use prescription-level data to understand population-level opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing. Dr. Keller’s research has been published in peer-reviewed publications including JAMA Surgery, Health Services Research, the Journal of Hospital Medicine, Pain Medicine, npj Digital Medicine, Psychiatric Services, Journal of Medical Internet Research, and the American Journal of Managed Care. Prior to working in health care, Dr. Keller worked as a journalist for publications such as the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

PhD, Health Policy and Management, UCLA, Los Angeles, US
MPH, Health Policy and Management, UCLA, Los Angeles, US
BA, Human Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, US
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