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 also serves as the Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ethics Program.
Dr. Wagner conducts empirical research generating evidence for answering ethically challenging health system questions. Her work, frequently in large databases, evaluates impacts of insurance and other policy changes on the availability, access to, affordability, and use of medicines, specifically new cancer medicines, in the United States, China, and elsewhere.
Through the Medicines and Insurance Coverage (MedIC) Initiative she founded, Dr. Wagner has led training programs, including the first online course, to strengthen capacity of professionals in more than 20 low and middle income country health systems to design, implement, monitor and evaluate medicines policies and programs in the context of expanding health insurance coverage.
Dr. Wagner co-directs both the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Health Policy and Insurance Research and the Department of Population Medicine Center for Cancer Policy and Program Evaluation (CarPE).
Serving as a pharmacoepidemiologist on the FDA’s Sentinel Initiative, Dr. Wagner contributes to 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 completed a Fellowship in Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and earned a doctorate in clinical pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences as well as a German master-equivalent degree in pharmacy.