Zhiyuan “Jason” Zheng, PhD

Principal Scientist, Health Services Research

Zhiyuan "Jason" Zheng, PhD, is a health economist and serves as a principal scientist in the Surveillance and Health Services Research Program at the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Zheng uses publicly/privately available survey, registry, and claims databases to conduct research that focuses on estimating the economic burden of cancer among survivors, their families, employers, and insurers at the national, state, or local levels. His research investigates cost as a barrier to receipt of optimal cancer care, needed primary care, and the effects of public policies (e.g., the Affordable Care Act) on receipt of care and on the economic burden of cancer among survivors and their families. He also conducts studies to examine relationships between social determinants of health and cancer survivorship, including hardships in food and housing, to inform cancer survivorship policies. He collaborates with other health economists from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Health Research and Quality, Kaiser Permanente, and Livestrong Foundation on projects designed to improve our understanding of individual, health care provider, and organizational characteristics for receipt or delivery of high-quality cancer care. Another area of research that he is interested in is comparative effectiveness research of different cancer treatments.

Dr. Zheng has served on various review committees for the National Cancer Institute. He also works closely with American Cancer Society (ACS) - Cancer Action Network (CAN) to provide scientific evidence to support ACS’s policies to mitigate the economic burden of cancer and cost-related barriers for optimal cancer care and/or needed primary care among survivors. He serves as the internal society expert in economic burden of cancer and acts as a spokesperson to the media when needed.

Dr. Zheng joined the American Cancer Society in 2013. Prior to his current position, Dr. Zheng began his career at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2011.


  • University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013
  • PhD, Economics (Applied Econometrics), Virginia Tech, VA, 2006-2011

See Zhiyuan "Jason" Zheng's complete list of publications on PubMed