Health economist Ariel Dora Stern joins HPI with Humboldt Professorship

Ariel Dora Stern Headshot © HPI / Kay Herschelmann

International gain for the joint Digital Engineering Faculty of HPI and University of Potsdam: The renowned scientist Prof. Dr. Ariel Dora Stern, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, joins the Digital Health Cluster at the Hasso Plattner Institute with a Humboldt Professorship.

At the Hasso Plattner Institute, she will expand her research on health care innovation, digitalization, regulatory science, and the impact of artificial intelligence on the health care sector. In this interdisciplinary work, Ariel Dora Stern has developed international expertise. “I am honored to receive this award and look forward to working with the Hasso Plattner Institute in the future. The HPI is an excellent environment for my research. New developments in the fields of artificial intelligence and digital medicine will revolutionize health care. It is highly appealing to think about the opportunities to support health care’s digital transformation in the context of a Humboldt Professorship at HPI”, says Stern.

Her research at the intersection of public policy, digital innovation in health care, and health economics is of growing relevance. Advances in medical technology are raising completely new questions, for example: How should public policies change to encourage the development of new medicines? What role should regulation play in the digitalization of health care? And what are the implications of economics and regulation for health care startups?

“The possibilities in digital medicine are increasing rapidly with artificial intelligence. In order to competently assess opportunities and risks, more interdisciplinary research is absolutely needed in this area. Prof. Dr. Ariel Dora Stern, with her outstanding level of expertise in the field of health economics, is an excellent addition to our Digital Health Cluster and our international network”, points out Prof. Lothar H. Wieler, Speaker of the Digital Health Cluster at HPI.

“We are delighted to welcome Prof. Dr. Ariel Dora Stern and congratulate her warmly on her Humboldt Professorship. With her support, we at HPI will further strengthen our research on digitalization in health care—and with international appeal. Startups developing new services for the health care sector on the HPI campus will also benefit from Prof. Stern’s extensive expertise”, adds Prof. Tobias Friedrich, Managing Director at HPI and Dean of the joint Digital Engineering Faculty of HPI and the University of Potsdam.

The professorship is endowed with 3.5 million euros — making it the highest-endowed international award for research in Germany. It is awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.