Section of Hospital Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730
|BA||1991||New York University||Economics
|MD||1998||Stanford University ||
|MS||1998||Stanford University ||Health Services Research
|Residency||2001||Massachusetts General Hospital||Internal Medicine (Primary Care)
|MPH||2007||Harvard University||Clinical Effectiveness
|Fellowship||2008||Harvard Medical School / MGH||General Internal Medicine
Dr. Ruhnke is interested in the relationship between health system capacity and the value of health care services. High-capacity regions experience greater intensity of utilization without improved outcomes. As physician supply and imaging infrastructure expand dramatically, the value of discretionary services that become common with heightened capacity must be clarified. Dr. Ruhnke’s research is also using novel conjoint analysis methods to understand the mechanisms by which regional capacity impacts physician decisions, and resource utilization, at the provider level.
- Ruhnke GW, Coca Perraillon M, Cutler DM. Mortality Reduction among Pneumonia Patients Still Substantial despite the Impact of Coding Changes. Am J Med. 2013;126(3):266-9.
- Ruhnke GW, Coca-Perraillon M, Kitch BT, Cutler DM. Marked Improvement in 30-Day Mortality among Elderly Inpatients and Outpatients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia. Am J Med. 2011;124(2):171-8.
- Ruhnke GW, Coca-Perraillon M, Kitch BT, Cutler DM. Trends in Mortality and Medical Spending in Patients Hospitalized for Community-Acquired Pneumonia: 1993 – 2005. Med Care. 2010;48(12):1111-6.
- Ruhnke GW, Wilson SR, Akamatsu T, Kinoue T, Takashima Y, Goldstein MK, Koenig BA, Hornberger JC, Raffin TA. Ethical decision-making and patient autonomy: a comparison of physicians and patients in Japan and the United States. CHEST 2000;118(4):1172-82.
- Ruhnke GW. Physician supply and the shifting paradigm of medical student choice. JAMA. 1997;277(1):70-1.