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Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD   Download vCard
Provost of Harvard University, Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a Professor of Economics in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Former CHP/PCOR Director; Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor Emeritus

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Research Interests
health screening programs; health care of the elderly; methods of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis; health expenditure growth; international comparisons of healthcare financing and delivery; evaluation of new healthcare technologies; improving processes for making medical decisions

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Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD became Provost of Harvard University in September 2011. He is also Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a Professor of Economics in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Garber graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1976, and went on to earn AM and PhD degrees in Economics from Harvard University. He earned his MD with research honors from Stanford University in 1983, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Before becoming the Provost at Harvard University, Dr. Garber was the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor and a Professor of Medicine, as well as a Professor of Economics, Health Research and Policy, and Economics in the Graduate School of Business (by courtesy) at Stanford University.  He also served as Director of the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford, and as a Staff Physician at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.

Dr. Garber is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy at the National Academies.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians.  He is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as founding Director of its Health Care Program for nineteen years. He has also served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging at the National Institutes of Health; as a member of the Board of Health Advisers of the Congressional Budget Office; and as Chair of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Dr. Garber’s research is directed toward methods for improving health care delivery and financing, particularly for the elderly, in settings of limited resources.  His work addresses such issues as technology evaluation, comparative effectiveness, the causes of health expenditure growth, and health care productivity.


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Individualized cost-effectiveness analysis useful for clinicians and patients
John Ioannidis and Alan Garber from Stanford University, USA, discuss how to use incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICER) and related metrics so they can be useful for decision-making at the individual level, whether used by clinicians or individual patients. The authors say that "Cost-effectiveness analysis offers a foundation for rational decision-making and can be very helpful in making health care more efficient and effective at the population level.
July 12, 2011 in EurekAlert (press release)

Stanford's Garber assumes role of Harvard provost
Professor of Medicine Alan Garber MD '83 will sport crimson rather than cardinal this fall as he takes on the role of provost at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. In his 25 years at Stanford, Garber has distinguished himself beyond the medical ...
April 18, 2011 in The Stanford Daily

Harvard Names Alan Garber of Stanford as Its Next Provost
Harvard University named Alan Garber, a Stanford University professor of medicine and economics, as its next provost, replacing Steven Hyman, who will step down at the end of the academic year.
April 15, 2011 in Bloomberg

Cancer-vaccine review highlights debate over costs and benefits of pricey ...
(The drug, which was developed at Stanford, was the first-ever cancer vaccine to get the FDA's nod.) Now, the federal government has launched what is being ...
November 8, 2010 in Scope (blog)

New drug may provide more cost-effective stroke prevention than warfarin ...
STANFORD, Calif. — A newly approved drug may be a cost-effective way to prevent stroke in patients with an irregular heart rhythm — and may also offer ...
November 1, 2010 in EurekAlert (press release)

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