Dennis Ross-Degnan

Dennis Ross-Degnan is Associate Professor at the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. He holds a doctorate in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health. For over thirty years, Dr. Ross-Degnan’s work has focused on improving health systems in the US and low income countries, including research on the behavioral and systems factors that determine use of medicines, impacts of health and pharmaceutical policies on utilization and clinical outcomes, and appropriate methods for health and pharmaceutical systems research. He has served as lead or senior investigator on many domestic and international research studies to evaluate health systems initiatives to improve quality and outcomes of care, including: different forms of interactive education; innovations in insurance benefits design; electronic outreach to health providers and patients to improve utilization; and systems interventions in low resource settings to promote appropriate prescribing and use of medicines.

In 1990, Dr. Ross-Degnan co-founded the International Network for Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD), a global network of academics, health managers, and policymakers involved in testing interdisciplinary interventions to improve use of medicines. He has consulted extensively with the World Health Organization on access to and appropriate use of medicines, and on evaluation of WHO health systems intervention strategies. From 2004 to 2013, he co-directed the WHO Collaborating Center on Pharmaceutical Policy based jointly at Harvard Medical School and Boston University. He has received the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School and the Klaus Peter International Teaching Award for distinction in international medical education and mentoring from Harvard Medical International and Harvard Medical School.

Recent Publication:

Essential Medicines for Universal Health Coverage. Wirtz V, Hogerzeil HV, Gray AL, Bigdeli M, de Joncheere CP, Ewen MA, Gyansa-Lutterodt M, Sun J, Luiza VL, Mbindyo RM, Moeller H, Moucheraud C, Pecoul B, Rago L, Rashidian A, Ross-Degnan D, Stephens PN, Teerawattananon Y, 't Hoen EFM, Wagner AK, Yadav P, Reich M. The Lancet. 2017Jan 28;389 (10067): 403-476.

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