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Anirban Basu

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Professor, Health Systems and Population Health
Professor, Pharmacy (primary appt.)
Adjunct Professor, Economics


PhD   University of Chicago, 2004   (Health Economics, Public Policy)
MS   University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), 1999   (Biostatistics)
MS   University of Toledo, 1997   (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
BS   Jadavpur University, 1995   (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Contact Info

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office:   H-375Q, Health Sciences Building

Magnuson Health Sciences Center
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195-7630

campus box:   357630
voice:   206-616-2986
fax:   206-543-3964


Anirban Basu's work sits at the intersection of microeconomics, statistics, and health policy. His research focuses on comparative and cost effectiveness analyses, causal inference methods, program evaluation, and outcomes research.

Currently the Stergachis Family Endowed Professor and Director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program at the University of Washington, Basu also serves as faculty member in the Department of Health Services and as an adjunct in the Department of Economics. Previously, Basu taught on the faculty of the University of Chicago Department of Medicine, where he remains an external affiliate of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences.

In addition to his position as a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Basu is as an associate editor for Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, and Observational Studies, and has served as panelist or speaker at many economics and health studies conferences, nationally and abroad.

Health econometrics; cost-effectiveness; comparative effectiveness and value of information analyses; quality of life; spill-over effects; substantive focus on cancer, mental health and diabetes

Sabbatini AK, McConnell KJ, Parrish C, Frogner BK, Reddy A, Zatzick DF, Kreuter W, Basu A. Impact of a statewide Emergency Department Information Exchange on health care use and expenditures. Health Serv Res. 2022 Jun;57(3):603-613. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13963. Epub 2022 Mar 13.  PMID: 35235203    PMCID: PMC9108061
PubMed Central

Basu A, Barton LJ, Fischer H, Reynolds K, Arterburn DE, Barthold D, Courcoulas A, Crawford CL, Fedorka PN, Kim BB, Mun EC, Murali SB, Zane RE, Coleman KJ. Comparative effectiveness of gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy on predicted 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease 5 years after surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2022 Jun;18(6):716-726. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2022.02.021. Epub 2022 Mar 9.  PMID: 35397945

Johnson KM, Jiao B, Ramsey SD, Bender MA, Devine B, Basu A. Lifetime medical costs attributable to sickle cell disease among nonelderly individuals with commercial insurance. Blood Adv. 2022 May 16. pii: bloodadvances.2021006281. doi: 10.1182/bloodadvances.2021006281. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 35575558

Chhatwal J, Basu A. Cost-Effectiveness of Remdesivir for COVID-19 Treatment: What Are We Missing? Value Health. 2022 May;25(5):697-698. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2022.02.002. Epub 2022 Mar 19.  PMID: 35315330    PMCID: PMC8933136
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Johnson KM, Jiao B, Bender MA, Ramsey SD, Devine B, Basu A. Development of a conceptual model for evaluating new non-curative and curative therapies for sickle cell disease. PLoS One. 2022 Apr 28;17(4):e0267448. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0267448. eCollection 2022.  PMID: 35482721    PMCID: PMC9049306
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Member, dissertation committee for Canada Parrish
Using Routinely Collected HER Data to Optimize Patient Care, Refine Clinical Care Guidelines, and Inform Healthcare Policies for Vulnerable or Low-Resource HIV Patients

Chair, dissertation committee for Jordan Banks
Exploration of HealthCoin: A Currency to Address US Private Payer Underfunding for Single or Limited Administration Treatments with Long-Term Effectiveness (SLA therapies)

Graduate Certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Research

Comparative effectiveness research is a growing field that aims to generate evidence to improve health care decisions for patients and providers. It examines the benefits and risks of different medical or healthcare interventions, including drugs and medical technology. The results of these comparison studies are used by medical professionals to make better informed healthcare decisions and thereby improve patient care.