Atheendar Venkataramani


Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Assistant Professor of Medicine

M.D., Medicine, University of Washington, 2011
Ph.D., Health Policy (Economics), Yale University, 2009

My research focuses on the life-course origins of health and socioeconomic inequality. I am currently working on: 

  • The effects of early life interventions on adult health and well-being, and the mechanisms underlying these links.
  • The relationship between economic opportunities and health behaviors and outcomes [Webinar outlining work in this area].
  • The short- and long-run returns of public health and social sector programs.
  • Behavioral responses to, and demand for, HIV prevention and treatment programs.

I am currently working on projects in the United States, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda.


  • PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series: Atheendar Venkataramani on Women’s Political Participation and Maternal Mortality
  • The Spotlight Series: Atheendar Venkataramani on How Economics and Health Policy Intertwine
  • Penn Medical Ethics and Health Policy Online: Atheendar Venkataramani on American Football and Long-term Mortality