Marah Short

Title: Associate Director, Center for Health and Biosciences


Office Phone: (713) 348-4374

current project

The Health Policy Forum has been tracking implementation of the Affordable Care Act through published research, media and government resources. In the coming months, we hope to launch a detailed study of insurance coverage in Texas. Additionally, with funding from the National Cancer Institute, we are completing manuscripts for a study of the cost-drivers of complex cancer surgery. Other projects include an analysis of regional variations of cancer treatment in Texas, a study of the effect of smoking bans on hospitalization rates, and a study of whether shared savings programs for physicians can reduce overall patient health care expenditures.   


Marah Short is the associate director of the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Her research primarily examines the ways in which economic incentives and government policies influence the quality and cost of health care. She has conducted research for projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas. Her research has been published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, Forum for Health Economics and Policy, and Cancer. Short received a B.S. in economics from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in economics from the University of Houston.

my research and publications