Aaron Carroll

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Aaron Carroll
EducationAmherst College (B.A. 1994)
University of Pennsylvania (M.D. 1998)
University of Washington (M.S. 2003)
OccupationPediatrician, professor
Known forHealthcare Triage
The Incidental Economist
The New Health Care
Medical career
InstitutionsIndiana University

Aaron Edward Carroll is an American pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. At Indiana University, he is also the Vice Chair for Health Policy and Outcomes Research and the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.[1][2]


Carroll received his B.A. in chemistry from Amherst College in 1994 and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1998. After receiving his M.D., he completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington, where he received his M.S. in health services research in 2003. While there, he was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.[2]


Carroll's research focuses on information technology in pediatrics, cost-effectiveness analyses in medicine, and health policy.[2] Along with Rachel C. Vreeman, he co-authored the 2011 book Don’t Cross Your Eyes … They’ll Get Stuck That Way! And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked, which debunks medical myths.[3] Along with Austin Frakt, he writes a column for the New York Times called "The New Health Care",[4] where he gave his own experiences with ulcerative colitis as an example of the benefits and difficulties of the health care system.[5] He and Frakt are also co-editors-in-chief of the medical blog the Incidental Economist.[6] Carroll is also the host of the YouTube series "Healthcare Triage".[7]


  1. ^ "Examining public perceptions of the value of human life at different ages in assessing costs and value of health care and preventive interventions". Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Aaron Carroll". Indiana University School of Medicine. Archived from the original on 2016-05-11. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  3. ^ Newman, Catherine (Fall 2011). "Sex, Colds and Croup". Amherst Magazine. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. ^ "The New Health Care". New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  5. ^ Trapped in the System: A Sick Doctor’s Story, Aaron E. Carroll, The New York Times, SEPT. 21, 2015
  6. ^ "About Aaron". The Incidental Economist. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  7. ^ Fryling, Kevin (28 August 2014). "Aaron Carroll reaches out on YouTube, traditional media to educate public on health". INScope. Indiana University. Retrieved 18 May 2016.

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