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Eric Finkelstein

Research Professor of Global Health
Associate Professor, Duke-National University of Singapore
Director of the Lien Center for Palliative Care

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Eric Finkelstein


Dr. Finkelstein is Associate Professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore and the Director of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care. He also holds appointments at NUS School of Public Health and Duke Global Health Institute. His research focuses on the economic causes and consequences of health behaviors, with a primary emphasis on the use of traditional and behavioral economic incentives to influence those behaviors in ways to improve the public's health. He has published over 100 manuscripts and 2 books in these areas. His primary areas of research concern obesity and its' correlates although most recently his focus concerns understanding the complicated decisions that revolve around end of life care. His research has been widely cited by both academics and the media and he frequently consults with industry and government on economic issues related to public health.



Recent Publications

Finkelstein E.A., Strombotne K.L., Zhen C., Epstein L.H. (2014). Food Prices and Obesity: A Review. Advances in Nutrition. Forthcoming.

Chong MF, Wong JX, Colega M, Chen LW, van Dam RM, Tan CS, Lim AL, Cai S, Broekman BF, Lee YS, Saw SM, Kwek K, Godfrey KM, Chong YS, Gluckman P, Meaney MJ, Chen H; GUSTO study group. (2014). Relationships of maternal folate and vitamin B12 status during pregnancy with perinatal depression: The GUSTO study. J Psychiatr Res., Aug;55:110-116.

Finkelstein E.A., Kruger E. (2014) Meta- and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) of Commercial Weight Loss Strategies. Obesity, 22(9):1942-1951.

Finkelstein E.A. (2014) How big of a problem is obesity? Surg Obes Relat Dis, 10(4):569-570.

Tan T.E., Peh S.L., George B.L., Cajucom-Uy H.Y., Dong D., Finkelstein E.A., Mehta J.S. (2014). A Cost-Minimization Analysis of Tissue-Engineered Constructs for Corneal Endothelium Transplantation. PLOS ONE, 9(6):e100563. PMCID: PMC4065108

Finkelstein E.A., Kruger E., Karnawat S. (2014). Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Qsymia for Weight Loss. PharmacoEconomics. [Epub ahead of print].

Finkelstein E.A., Chay J.X., Bajpai S. (2014). The economic burden of self-reported and undiagnosed cardiovascular diseases and diabetes on Indonesian households. PLOS ONE, 9(6):e99572. PMCID: PMC4051736.

Keyserling T.C,, Sheridan S.L., Draeger L.B., Finkelstein E.A., Gizlice Z., Kruger E., Johnston L.F., Sloane P.D., Samuel-Hodge C., Evenson K.R., Gross M.D., Donahue K.E., Pignone M.P., Vu M.B., Steinbacher E.A., Weiner B.J., Bangdiwala S.I., Ammerman A.S. (2014) A Comparison of Live Counseling With a Web-Based Lifestyle and Medication Intervention to Reduce Coronary Heart Disease Risk: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Internal Medicine, 174(7):1144-1157.

Vedanthan R., Kamano J.H., Naanyu V., Delong A.K., Were M.C., Finkelstein E.A., Menya D., Akwanalo C.O., Bloomfiled G.S., Binanay C.A., Velazquez E.J., Hogan J.W., Horowitz C.R., Inui T.S., Kimaiyo S., Fuster V. (2014). Optimizing Linkage and Retention to Hypertension Care in Rural Kenya (LARK Hypertension Study): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 15(1):143. PMCID: PMC4113229

Epstein L.H., Paluch R.A., Wrotniak B.H., Daniel T.O., Kilanowski C., Wilfley D. Finkelstein E.A. (2014). Cost-effectiveness of family-based group treatment for child and parental obesity. Child Obes., 10(2):114-121.

Farooqui M.A., Tan Y.T., Bilger M., Finklestein E.A. (2014). Effects of financial incentives on motivating physical activity among older adults: results from a discrete choice experiment. BMC Public Health, 14(1):141. PMCID:PMC3933254

Finkelstein E.A., Graham W.C., Malhotra R. (2014). Lifetime Direct Medical Costs of Childhood Obesity. Pediatrics. [Epub ahead of print].

Zhen C., Finkelstein E.A., Nonnemaker J.M., Karns S.A., Todd J.E. (2014). Predicting the Effects of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes on Food and Beverage Demand in a Large Demand System. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 96(1):1-25. PMCID: PMC4022288

Finkelstein E.A., Malhotra C, Yee C.P (2014). Improving the End-of-Life Experience in Singapore: Building Capacity in Palliative Care Research and Education. Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore, 43(1)Editorial.

Dixon J.B., Egger G., Finkelstein E.A., Kral J., Lambert G.W. (2013). "Obesity Paradox" misunderstands the biology of optimal weight throughout the life cycle. International Journal of Obesity. Forthcoming.

Ngo C.S., Pan C.W., Finkelstein E.A., Lee C.F., Wong B.Y., Ong J., Ang M., Wong T.Y., Saw S.M. (2013). A cluster randomized controlled trial evaluating an incentive-based outdoor physical activity program to increase outdoor time and prevent myopia in children. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. Forthcoming.

Epstein L.H., Jankowiak N., Fletcher K.D., Carr K.A., Nederkoorn C., Raynor H., Finkelstein E.A. (2013) Women who are motivated to eat and discount the future are more obese. Obesity. Forthcoming.

Zheng Y.F., Chen W.P., Chay J.X., Wong T.Y., Finkelstein E.A., Saw S.M. (2013). The Economic Cost of Myopia in Adults Aged over 40 Years in Singapore. IOVS-, 54(12):7532-7537.

Hanoch Y., Finkelstein E.A. (2013) Health psychology meets behavioral economics: Introduction to special issue. Health Psychol, 32(9):929-931.

Dreyer N.A., Dixon J.B., Okerson T., Finkelstein E.A., Globe D. (2013) Prevalence of Comorbidities and Baseline Characteristics of LAP-BAND AP Subjects in the Helping Evaluate Reduction in Obesity (HERO) Study. PLOS ONE. PMCID: PMC3829819.

Finkelstein E.A., Allaire B.T., Globe D., Dixon J.B. (2013) The Business Case for Bariatric Surgery Revisited: A Non-Randomized Case-Control Study. PLOS ONE. PMCID: PMC3777948.

Dong D., Tan A., Mehta J.S., Tan D., Finkelstein E.A. (2013) Cost-effectiveness of Osteo-odonto Keratoprosthesis in Singapore. American Journal of Ophthalmology. [Epub ahead of print].

Sheridan S.L., Draeger L.B., Pignone M.P., Sloane P.D., Samuel-Hodge C., Finkelstein E.A., Gizlice Z., Vu M., Gitterman D.P., Bangdiwala S.I., Donahue K.E., Evenson K., Ammerman A.S., Keyserling T.C. (2013) Designing and Implementing a Comparative Effectiveness Study of Two Strategies for Delivering High Quality CHD Prevention: Methods and Participant Characteristics for the Heart to Health Study. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 36(2):394-405.

Soh S.E., Tint M.T., Gluckman P.D., Godfrey K.M., Rifkin-Graboi A., Chan Y.H., Stunkel W., Holbrook J.D., Kwek K., Chong Y.S., Saw S.M., the GUSTO Study Group, (2013) Cohort Profile: Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) birth cohort study. Int J Epidemiol, [Epub ahead of print].

Dharani R., Lee C.F., Finkelstein E.A., Saw S.M. (2013) Response to Mahroo et al., Eye(Lond), 27(8):991.

Drury V.B., Saw S.M., Finkelstein E.A., Wong T.Y., Tay K.C. (2013) A new community-based outdoor intervention to prevent myopia and increase physical activity in Singapore children: findings from focus groups, Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore, 42(5):225-231.

Bose S., Ang M., Mehta J.S., Tan D.T., Finkelstein E.A. (2013) Cost-Effectiveness of Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty Versus Penetrating Keratoplasty, Ophthalmology,120(3):464-470.

Chan S.L., Low J.W., Lim Y.W., Finkelstein E.A., Farooqui M.A., Chia K.S., Wee H.L. (2013) Willingness-to-pay and preferences for warfarin pharmacogenetic testing in Chinese warfarin patients and general public, Personalized Medicine. Forthcoming.

Rees G., Holloway E.E., Mellor D., Sturrock B.A., Hegel M.T., Casten R., Xie J., Finkelstein E.A., Keefee J.E. (2013) Integrated depression management: a trial of a new model of care in a low vision rehabilitation setting, Ophthalmic Epidemiology. Forthcoming.

Bilger M., Finkelstein E.A., Kruger E., Linnan L.A., Tate D.F. (2013) The Effect of Weight Loss on Health, Productivity and Medical Expenditures among Overweight Employees, Medical Care. Forthcoming.

Malhotra R., Ostbye T., Riley C.M., Finkelstein E.A. (2013) Young adult weight trajectories through midlife by body mass category, Obesity. [Epub ahead of print]. (2011 Journal IF: 4.3).

Finkelstein E.A., Zhen C., Bilger M., Nonnemaker J., Farooqui M.A., Todd J.E. (2013) Implications of a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Tax When Substitutions to Non-Beverage Items Are Considered, Journal of Health Economics, 32(1):219-239.

Finkelstein E.A., Tan Y.T., Malhotra R., Lee C.F., Goh S.S., Saw S.M. (2013) A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of an Incentive-Based Outdoor Physical Activity Program, The Journal of Pediatrics. [Epub ahead of print].

Jakicic, J.M., Tate, D.F., Lang, W., Davis, K.K., Polzien, K., Rickman, A.D., Erickson K., Neiberg R.H., Finkelstein, E.A. (2012)Effect of a Stepped-Care intervention approach on weight loss in adults: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2012 Jun 27;307(24), 2617-2626.

Rahman A.K.M., Bose S., Linnan M., Rahman A., Mashreky S., Haaland B., Finkelstein E.A.n(2012) Cost-Effectiveness of an Injury and Drowning Prevention Program in Low-and-MiddleIncome Countries, Pediatrics. Forthcoming. (2010 Journal IF:5.39, NUS Tier 1)

Dong, D., Sung, C., & Finkelstein, E.A. (2012). Cost-effectiveness of HLA-B*1502 genotyping nnewly diagnosed adult epilepsy patients in Singapore. Neurology, 2012 Sep 18;79(12),1259-n1267. (2011 Journal IF: 8.312, NUS Tier 1)

Dharani, R., Lee, C.F., Theng, Z.X., Drury, V.B., Ngo, C., Sandar, M., Wong, T.Y., Finkelstein, E.A., n& Saw, S.M. (2012). Comparison of measurements of time outdoors and light levels as risk nfactors for myopia in young Singapore children. Eye, 2012 Jul;26(7):911-918. (2011 Journal IF: n1.851) n

Crane M.M., Tate D.F., Finkelstein E.A., & Linnan L.A. (2012). Motivation for participating in a nweight loss program and financial incentives: An analysis from a randomized trial. Journal of nObesity, PMCID: PMC3345232.

Do, Y.K., & Finkelstein, E.A. (2012). Youth employment, income and smoking initiation: Results nfrom Korean Panel Data. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2012 Sep;51(3),226-232. (2011 Journal IF: 3.334)

Rahman A.K.M., Bose S., Linnan M., Rahman A., Mashreky S., Haaland B., Finkelstein E.A. (2012) Cost-Effectiveness of an Injury and Drowning Prevention Program in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries, Pediatrics. 130(6):1621-1628. (2010 Journal IF:5.39, NUS Tier 1)

Finkelstein, E.A., & Bilger M. (2012). Hard truths and a new strategy for addressing childhood nobesity. Childhood Obesity, 2012 Apr;8(2), 106-109.

Linnan, L.A., Tate, D.F., Harrington, C., Brooks, A., Finkelstein, E.A., Bangdiwala, S.I., Britt A. n(2012). Organizational- and employee-level recruitment into a worksite-based weight loss nstudy. Journal of Clinical Trials, 9(2), 215-225. (2011 Journal IF: 2.362)

Bose S., Ang M., Mehta J.S., Tan D.T., Finkelstein E.A. (2012) Cost-Effectiveness of Descemet's nStripping Endothelial Keratoplasty Versus Penetrating Keratoplasty, Ophthalmology.nForthcoming. (2012 Journal IF:5.45, NUS Tier 1)

Finkelstein E.A., Zhen C., Bilger M., Nonnemaker J., Farooqui M.A., Todd J.E. (2012) nImplications of a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Tax When Substitutions to Non-Beverage nItems Are Considered, Journal of Health Economics. Forthcoming. (2012 Journal IF: 3.16, NUS nTier 2).

Dixon J.B., Murphy D.K., Segel J.E., Finkelstein E.A. Impact of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding on Type 2 Diabetes. Obesity Reviews. 2011 Aug 31.

Lopes G.L., Segel J.E., Tan D.S., Do Y.K., Mok T., Finkelstein E.A. Cost Effectiveness of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Mutation Testing and First Line Treatment With Gefitinib for Patients With Advanced Adenocarcinoma of The Lung. CANCER. 2011 Jul 26.

Ferdinand K.C., Orenstein D., Hong Y., Journigan J.G., Trogdon J.G., Bowman J., Zohrabian A., Kilgore M., White A., Mokdad A., Pechacek T.F., Goetzel R.Z., Labarthe D.R., Puckrein G.A., Finkelstein E.A., Wang G., French M.E., Vaccarino V. Health Economics of Cardiovascular Disease: Defining the Research Agenda. CVD Prevention and Control. 2011 Forthcoming.

Finkelstein E.A., Allaire B.T., DiBonaventura M., Burgess S.M., Direct and Indirect Costs and Potential Cost Savings of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding among Obese Patients with Diabetes. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2011 Sep; 53(9), 1025-1029.

Li J., Linnan L.A., Finkelstein E.A., Tate D.F., Naseer C., Evenson K.R. Knowledge and Perceptions of Overweight Employees about Lifestyle-Related Health Benefit Changes. North Carolina Medical Journal. 2011 May-Jun; 72(3),183-190.

Trogdon J.G., Cohen J.W., Feagan C.W., Finkelstein E.A.. State and Payer Specific Estimates of Annual Medical Expenditures Attributable to Obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring), 2011 Jun 16

Koo T.S., Finkelstein E.A., Tan D., Mehta J.S. Incremental Cost-Utility Analysis of Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty Compared to Penetrating Keratoplasty for the Treatment of Keratoconus. American Journal of Ophthalmology. 2011 May 11.

Anderson W.L., Armour B.K., Wiener J.M. , Finkelstein E.A., Estimates of National Health Care Expenditures Associated with Disability. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 2011 Forthcoming.

Heidenreich P.A., Trogdon J.G., Khavjou O.A., Butler J., Dracup K., Ezekowitz M.D., Finkelstein E.A., Hong Y., Johnston S.C., Khera A., Lloyd-Jones D.M., Nelson S.A., Nichol G., Orenstein D., Wilson P.W., Woo Y.J. Forecasting the Future of Cardiovascular Disease in the United States: A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2011 Mar 1;123(8), 933-944.

Finkelstein E.A., Strombotne K.L., Chan N.L., Krieger J. The Impact of Mandatory Menu Labeling In One Fast Food Chain in King County, Washington. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2011 Feb; 40(2), 122-127.