Zirui Song

Zirui SongZirui Song
Assistant Professor of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School


Zirui Song, MD, PhD is an assistant professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and an internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research has focused on changes in health care spending and quality following reforms to provider payment, the impact of Medicare fee policies on spending and physician behavior, and the economics of competitive bidding in Medicare Advantage. This work has aimed to provide evidence to inform policies on payment and delivery system reform. It has been published in academic outlets such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Affairs, and Journal of Health Economics.


Dr. Song is a recipient of the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year award, Daniel Ford Award for health services and outcomes research from Johns Hopkins, Seema Sonnad Emerging Leader in Managed Care Research Award from the American Journal of Managed Care, and the Mack Lipkin Sr. Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine. He was a member of the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in Science and Healthcare and Top Doctors in Training from Boston Magazine. During residency, he received the Hospital-Wide Individual Research Award from Massachusetts General Hospital, a Massachusetts chapter and national resident research award from the American College of Physicians, and the Award for Clinician Investigation from the New England region of the Society of General Internal Medicine.


Dr. Song has worked on Medicare policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Health Policy Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a Special Guest at the Center for Social and Economic Dynamics in the Brookings Institution. Locally, he was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society Task Force on Health Care Reform and the Boston Advisory Board of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Healthcare and on the Editorial Board of PLOS Medicine. He is a faculty affiliate in the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Song has taught in the Introduction to Health Policy course at Harvard Medical School, the Advanced Topics in Global Health and Health Policy course at Harvard College, and the Economics for Health Policy course at the Harvard School of Public Health. He currently teaches residents and fellows at Massachusetts General Hospital and in the Partners Healthcare Health Policy course. He has received three Certificates of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University and two tutorial teaching awards from Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Song completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was selected by peers for the Morton N. Swartz, M.D. Humanism in Medicine Award. He received his M.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. in Health Policy (Economics track) from Harvard University, where he was a fellow in Aging and Health Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received a B.A. in Public Health Studies with honors from Johns Hopkins University.


Faculty webpage: https://www.hcp.med.harvard.edu/faculty/core/zirui-song-md-phd