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Louise B Russell, Ph.D.
Chair, Division on Health Policy
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Distinguished Professor, Department of Economics, (848) 932-6507

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Louise B. Russell (Ph.D., Economics, Harvard) is Distinguished Professor at the Institute and in the Department of Economics, Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the methods and application of cost-effectiveness analysis. Before coming to Rutgers, Dr. Russell was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. Elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences in 1983, she has served on several IOM committees, including the National Cancer Policy Board (2001-2005) and the Committee on Valuing Community-Based, Non-Clinical Prevention Policies and Wellness Strategies (2011-2012).

Dr. Russell 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 in a book (Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, Oxford University Press, 1996), and three articles in The Journal of the American Medical Association (October 1996). Since 2011 she has been one of a group of five leaders in the field who organize and facilitate the work of the Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, which is updating the book to reflect the many advances in cost-effectiveness analysis since 1996. Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, second edition, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

She is an associate editor of the journal Medical Decision Making and was deputy editor 2011-2015. She has published many articles and seven books, including Educated Guesses: Making Policy about Medical Screening Tests (California/Milbank, 1994), Is Prevention Better than Cure? (Brookings, 1986), and Technology in Hospitals: Medical Advances and Their Diffusion (Brookings, 1979).