Louise B. Russell

Louise B. Russell, PhD

  • Titles:
  • Adjunct Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
  • Education:
  • University of Michigan, BA, Economics
  • Harvard University, PhD, Economics

An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Russell's research focuses on health policy, particularly cost-effectiveness analysis and related topics, such as simulation modeling, a fundamental methodology in cost-effectiveness analysis; the time patients and their families spend undergoing medical care, a major and largely unrecognized cost of the health system; and applications of modeling and cost-effectiveness to chronic and infectious diseases. She co-chaired the U.S. Public Health Service Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, which published recommendations for improving the quality and comparability of cost-effectiveness studies (Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, Oxford University Press, 1996, and three articles in JAMA, October 1996) and was a member of the leadership group for the Second Panel of Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, which published an article in JAMA and the second edition of the book in 2016. She is an associate editor of Medical Decision Making. Dr. Russell is also co-chair of the "Identifying High-Value Health Care" working group of the Leonard David Institute of Health Economics. This group provides high-quality, evidence-based analyses that contribute to the improvement of population health in the U.S. 

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