Anita Wagner

Anita Katharina Wagner is Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Insurance Research at the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She is also a Fellow at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics in Boston, MA, USA. 

For the past two decades, Dr. Wagner has contributed to or led applied research and capacity strengthening collaborations to improve—from a health systems perspective—medicines availability, access, affordability, and use, in the United States and in low and middle-income countries (LMIC).  More recently, her work focuses on empirical research and on ethical questions around highly-priced cancer therapies in the United States and elsewhere.    

She founded and directs the global Medicines and Insurance Coverage (MedIC) Initiative, which aims to support LMIC system leaders and operational staff in the design, implementation, evaluation, and routine monitoring of evidence-informed medicines policies and programs. More than 200 professionals from governments, academia, and other organizations in more than 20 countries have participated in MedIC Courses on Medicines in Health Systems.  In 2016, the team launched the first online Course on Medicines in Health Systems Working Toward Universal Health Coverage on the World Bank Open Learning Campus.

Dr. Wagner co-directs the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Health Policy and Insurance Research and the newly established Department of Population Medicine Center for Cancer Policy and Program Evaluation.

She serves as a pharmacoepidemiologist on the FDA’s Sentinel Initiative, a national system that tracks the safety of pharmaceuticals in the United States. 

Dr. Wagner received her Master of Public Health degree in international health and Doctor of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She holds a doctorate in clinical pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences and a German master-equivalent degree in pharmacy.


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