Franco Sassi

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Dr Franco Sassi has been a lecturer in Health Policy in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) since 1995. He obtained his doctorate from the University of London with a thesis on "The outcomes of medical diagnosis: an economic perspective". He was course director for the Masters of Science in Health Policy, Planning and Financing, run jointly by LSE and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from 1995 to 1998. Franco Sassi was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Health Policy Research and Education at Duke University, in 1994, where he participated in the Stroke Prevention PORT project. He has also served as a temporary advisor to the European office of the World Health Organization on a range of issues including cost-effectiveness of health care services, reshaping health systems towards health outcomes, health care quality management. He was awarded a 2000-2001 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy. As a Harkness Fellow, he held visiting positions at the University of California, San Francisco, and at Harvard University.

Franco Sassi's research interests focus on the economic analysis of health services, including the evaluation of diagnostic and screening interventions, the use of measures of equity in economic analysis, and the use of multi-attribute utility assessment techniques for measuring health outcomes. He has also conducted research on inequalities in access to health care and health outcomes by socio-economic condition and by race and ethnicity. Early in Sassi's career he served as a journalist, publishing over 50 articles on economics and management issues. He is also editor of the Cochrane Collaboration Health Economics Methods Group Newsletter