Department of Health Metrics Sciences

Stephen Lim

Professor; Sr. Director, Science and Engineering




Office Hours: Tuesday from 2pm-3pm. By appointment and subject to availability. Please contact Bobbie Martin ( to schedule.

Stephen Lim, PhD, is a Professor of Health Metrics Sciences and Senior Director of Science and Engineering at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. He is also Adjunct Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington.  Dr. Lim is actively involved in a number of areas of work at IHME. He is the co-principal investigator of the Global Fund Prospective Country Evaluations, a collaboration with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He also works on the Global Burden of Disease study and monitoring the effective coverage of interventions and health systems. He has published widely in leading journals.

Prior to joining IHME in 2007, Dr. Lim was a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland and was based at the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand, where he led a major project on health information system capacity building with a focus on burden of disease and cost-effectiveness analysis. Previously, Dr. Lim worked at the Evidence and Information for Policy Cluster at the World Health Organization (WHO), where he was a key member of the Choosing Interventions that are Cost-Effective (CHOICE) project. Dr. Lim has been a member of numerous international expert groups, including the Technical Advisory Group for the US President’s Malaria Initiative Impact Evaluation and The Lancet’s Chronic Disease Action Group.

Dr. Lim studied at Monash University in Australia, where he received a BA in Philosophy and Psychology, a BS in Pharmacology (Hons), and a PhD in Epidemiology and Health Economics.

IHME was founded in 2007 at the University of Washington to provide better evidence to improve health globally by guiding health policy and funding.