About Us

Show Hosts

Dan Gorenstein

Executive Producer & Co-Host

Before launching Tradeoffs, Dan was the senior reporter for Marketplace’s Health Desk, covering the business of healthcare, and before that, he spent more than 11 years at New Hampshire Public Radio. He got his start in journalism at the Chicago Reporter, an investigative journal that examines race and class disparities in the Chicago area. He’s won numerous national and local awards, including the Society of Professional Journalist Sigma Delta Chi investigative reporting award.

Twitter: @dmgorenstein


Sayeh Nikpay, PhD, MPH


Sayeh Nikpay, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the impact of health reform on labor market decisions of individuals and hospital finance. Dr. Nikpay was a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in 2010-2011. 

Twitter: @saynikpay

Anupam Jena, MD, PhD


Anupam Bapu Jena, MD, PhD, is the Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a physician in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As an economist and physician, Dr. Jena’s research involves several areas of health economics and policy including the economics of physician behavior and the physician workforce, medical malpractice, the economics of health care productivity, and the economics of medical innovation. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and he’s appeared on the Freakonomics and Tell Me Something I Don’t Know podcasts.

Twitter: @AnupamBJena

About Our Podcast

Tradeoffs is a new podcast exploring our confusing, costly, and often counterintuitive health care system. We go beyond the problems, delving into the pros, cons, and consequences of potential solutions. Our mission is to help people on Main Street, Wall Street, and Capitol Hill have smarter, more honest health policy conversations.

Our Staff

  • Ryan Levi: Producer
  • Andrew Parrella: Producer and Sound Designer
  • Jessica Silverman: Chief of Strategy and Operations
  • Jamie Song: Research Assistant
  • Courtney Summers: Co-Founder
  • Leslie Walker: Senior Producer


Governing Board

Senior Counsel, Berger Montague; Novelist

Former Media Relations Manager, Urban Institute (Ret.)

Senior Adviser, Waxman Strategies; Founder, Open Way Coaching

Advisory Board

Dean and the Emmett Dedmon Professor, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Henry and Allison McCance Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy and Director of Health Policy Research, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Associate Director, UCLA Center for Law and Economics

Associate Director, Center for Community and Population Health, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Director, Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania

Helen Ross Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School

​Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School; and practicing physician at the Philadelphia VA.


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Our Funders

For more than 45 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. For more information, visit rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter or on Facebook.

Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. Its core mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. For more information, visit arnoldventures.org.

The California Health Care Foundation is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. For more information, visit chcf.org.


Founded in 1959 through the generosity and vision of diplomat and philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is devoted to furthering our understanding of the role of communication in public life through research, education, and service. With strengths in health communication, political communication, culture and communication, media institutions, digital media and social networks, and global communication, the Annenberg School is one of the top Communication schools in the nation.

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) was established in 1967, two years after Congress enacted Medicare, to fill fundamental gaps in the evidence base that could inform policies critical to the financing and management of the nation’s increasingly costly and complex health care system. 

The University of Pennsylvania Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) is a university-wide center founded in 2007 to promote interdisciplinary research, education, and practice in public health.