Joseph Lipscomb, PhD

Professor of Health Policy and Management

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University


Joseph Lipscomb, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health and also Associate Director for Population Sciences at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute.  From 1999 until arriving at Emory in 2004, he was Chief of the Outcomes Research Branch at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.  At NCI, he co-chaired the Cancer Outcomes Measurement Working Group, chaired the trans-agency Quality of Cancer Care Committee, and was NCI lead for a collaborative Federal effort to establish consensus measures of cancer care quality.  He has published widely on various topics in health economics and outcomes research, including on patient-reported outcomes assessment, quality-of-care evaluation and improvement, and the theory and practice of cost-effectiveness analysis.  Dr. Lipscomb has been principal investigator on research grants funded by the NCI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including studies to improve the effectiveness of cancer screening and treatment and to build the data infrastructure for population-based assessment of cancer care quality.  He serves on national committees to improve cancer outcomes and quality at both the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC).  From 1993-96, he was a member of the U.S. Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, whose influential recommendations continue to shape the debate about the application of cost-effectiveness analysis to health care decision making.  He has co-authored chapters on cancer care quality and cost-effectiveness analysis in recent volumes of the Gates Foundation-supported   Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries.  

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