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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

web site:

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
  • HSERV 525
    Advanced Health Services Research Methods III - Causal Inference Using Observational Data

Jiao B, Basu A. Catalog of Age- and Medical Condition-Specific Healthcare Costs in the United States to Inform Future Costs Calculations in Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Value Health. 2021 Jul;24(7):957-965. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2021.03.006. Epub 2021 Apr 24.  PMID: 34243839

Carlo AD, Basu A, Unützer J. Associations of Common Depression Treatment Metrics With Patient-centered Outcomes. Med Care. 2021 Jul 1;59(7):579-587. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001540.  PMID: 33827105    PMCID: PMC8187281
PubMed Central

Yeung K, Dusetzina SB, Basu A. Association of Branded Prescription Drug Rebate Size and Patient Out-of-Pocket Costs in a Nationally Representative Sample, 2007-2018. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Jun 1;4(6):e2113393. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.13393.  PMID: 34125219    PMCID: PMC8204201
PubMed Central

Gautam S, Kachroo S, DeClue RW, Fisher MD, Basu A. Clinical and utilization outcomes associated with tumor mutational burden in a real-world pan-tumor population. J Comp Eff Res. 2021 Jul;10(10):857-868. doi: 10.2217/cer-2020-0288. Epub 2021 May 28.  PMID: 34047199

Wang WJ, Devine B, Bansal A, White HS, Basu A. Meta-analyzing count events over varying durations using the piecewise Poisson model: The case for poststroke seizures. Res Synth Methods. 2020 Nov 1. doi: 10.1002/jrsm.1465. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 33131152

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)

Chair, dissertation committee for Sungchul Park
Understanding unintended consequences of risk adjustment and proposing alternative risk adjustment

Current and Future Costs of Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Coe           Dates:    7/1/2015 - 6/30/2019

A Policy Relevant US Trauma Care System Pragmatic Trial for PTSD and Comorbidity
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Zatzick           Dates:    7/1/2014 - 6/30/2019

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.