Sean D. Sullivan

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The fertility of our minds to invent health care technology must now be matched by a commitment to assess and identify its appropriate use.
Professor, Health Services
Professor, Department of Pharmacy (primary appt.)
Adjunct Professor, Allergy and Infectious Dis.


PhD   University of California (Berkeley), 1992   (Health Economics)
MS   University of Texas (Austin), 1986   (Pharmacy)
BS   Oregon State University, 1983   (Pharmacy)

Contact Info


office:   H-375, Health Sciences Building

1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-7630

campus box:   357630
voice:   206-685-8153
fax:   206-543-3835


Sean D. Sullivan, BScPharm, MSc, PhD, is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. He holds a joint appointment as Professor of Health Services in the School of Public Health, is Director of the UW Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP) and co-Director of the University of Washington Centers for Comparative and Health Systems Effectiveness (CHASE Alliance). He holds adjunct appointments in the School of Medicine, the Public Health Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and at Group Health Research Institute.

He completed his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Oregon State University in 1983, master's degree in administrative and economic sciences from the University of Texas in 1986 and PhD in health economics and policy from the University of California-Berkeley in 1991.

Dr. Sullivan has authored more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, task force reports and organizational and governmental publications. In many of these writings, he has assessed the evidence and applications of medical technology in relation to coverage and reimbursement decisions. His research interests include technology assessment, medical decision-making and economic evaluation of medical technology. He is the past chair of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy executive committee on the AMCP Format for Formulary Submissions - the United States evidence-based guidelines for formulary decision-making.

Dr. Sullivan is a member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee. He is also on the editorial boards of Value in Health, PharmacoEconomics, European Journal of Health Economics and Core Evidence. He is a past president of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.

Technology assessment; medical decision making; economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals, particularly in the areas of respiratory disorders, organ transplantation, HIV/AIDS, mental health and clinical decision making

Chou R, Hashimoto R, Friedly J, Fu R, Bougatsos C, Dana T, Sullivan SD, Jarvik J. Epidural Corticosteroid Injections for Radiculopathy and Spinal Stenosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Aug 25. doi: 10.7326/M15-0934. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26302454

Hansen RN, Boudreau DM, Ebel BE, Grossman DC, Sullivan SD. Sedative Hypnotic Medication Use and the Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash. Am J Public Health. 2015 Aug;105(8):e64-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302723. Epub 2015 Jun 11.  PMID: 26066943

Wallick CJ, Hansen RN, Campbell J, Kiss S, Kowalski JW, Sullivan SD. Comorbidity and Health Care Resource Use Among Commercially Insured Non-Elderly Patients With Diabetic Macular Edema. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2015 Jul 1;46(7):744-51. doi: 10.3928/23258160-20150730-09.  PMID: 26247456

Roth JA, Sullivan SD, Goulart BH, Ravelo A, Sanderson JC, Ramsey SD. Projected Clinical, Resource Use, and Fiscal Impacts of Implementing Low-Dose Computed Tomography Lung Cancer Screening in Medicare. J Oncol Pract. 2015 Jul;11(4):267-72. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2014.002600. Epub 2015 May 5.  PMID: 25943596

Corson AH, Fan VS, White T, Sullivan SD, Asakura K, Myint M, Dale CR. A multifaceted hospitalist quality improvement intervention: Decreased frequency of common labs. J Hosp Med. 2015 Jun;10(6):390-5. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2354. Epub 2015 Mar 21.  PMID: 25809958

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Chair, thesis committee for Junho Jang
Cost and health status outcome among adult asthma patients: MEPS 2000-2009