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Matthew Basilico, MD, PhD

Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine

Matthew Basilico, PhD is a physician-economist interested in the neurobiological underpinnings (“neuro-microfoundations”) of economic and health inequality. His PhD dissertation, guided by David Cutler, Nathan Nunn and David Laibson, examined the impact of post-discharge surgical prescribing on long-term opioid use through an instrumental variables technique. He teaches The Economics of Development and Global Health. Clinically, he is interested in severe mood disorders and suicidality, as well as in traumatic and psychotic pathologies and their links to chronic homelessness. Matthew completed an intern year in General Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital before moving to Psychiatry Residency. His work has been published in the Journal of Economic Literature, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma. He previously served as a Consultant to the President of the World Bank under Jim Kim, as a Fulbright fellow in Malawi, and is a co-editor of the textbook “Reimagining Global Health” (University of California Press, 2013) with Paul Farmer, Jim Kim and Arthur Kleinman.

Essentials of the Profession II: Social Medicine

Prescription Opioid Type and the Likelihood of Prolonged Opioid Use After Orthopaedic Surgery.
Authors: Authors: Basilico M, Bhashyam AR, Harris MB, Heng M.
J Am Acad Orthop Surg
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Lactates and Local Knowledge - A Parable of Teamwork.
Authors: Authors: Schwartz AL, Basilico MF, Friedman JL.
N Engl J Med
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Using Historical Variation in Opioid Prescribing Immediately After Fracture Surgery to Guide Maximum Initial Prescriptions.
Authors: Authors: Bhashyam AR, Basilico M, Weaver MJ, Harris MB, Heng M.
J Orthop Trauma
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