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Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD

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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April 2nd, 2010

Health Reform Forum brings together Stanford's experts to assess implications of new health law


Dean Philip Pizzo, MD; Stanford Health Policy Director Alan Garber, MD, PhD; and Alain Enthoven, PhD, emeritus professor in the Graduate School of Business, discussed the elements and efficacy of the health-care reform legislation that President Barack Obama signed into law in late March. The 90-minute exchange, moderated by Daniel Kessler, JD, PhD, a professor of law, of business and of health research and policy, brought an overflow audience to the Clark Center auditorium. Read more »

March 24th, 2010

In New England Journal Commentary, SHP Director Alan Garber explores the role of FDA in regulating devices

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Stanford Health Policy Director Alan Garber writes about the regulation of medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Garber considers the implications of adding in a more thorough post-FDA approval screening process for devices. Read more »

March 2nd, 2010

Proposed industry effort to reduce salt in food could save lives, money, SHP/VA study shows

CHP/PCOR Press Release

A voluntary effort by the U.S. food service industry to reduce salt in processed foods could have far-reaching implications for the health of the U.S. population, preventing strokes and heart attacks in nearly a million Americans and saving $32.1 billion in medical costs, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford Health Policy and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Read more »

February 22nd, 2010

SHP Director Alan Garber discusses health reform efforts in podcast


In an interview with the School of Medicine executive director of the Office of Communication & Public Affairs Paul Costello, Alan Garber discusses the failure of the Congress to enact a health-care reform bill and the prospects for future action, in an interview for the “1:2:1” podcast (available at from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Garber, a professor of medicine, is also director of the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford, and director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Read more »

December 8th, 2009

Garber and Fuchs join top economists in letter to Congressional leadership about cost control measures necessary in health reform

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Stanford Health Policy Director Alan Garber and core faculty member Victor Fuchs joined over two dozen economists in a letter to Senator Harry Reid. The economists-- including four Nobel Laureates-- laid out four elements in the current draft bill that they identified as "crucial to health reform." These include (1) deficit neutrality, (2) an excise tax on high insurance premiums, (3) an independent Medicare commission and (4) delivery system reform. Read more »

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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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