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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, Pharmacy (primary appt.)
Adjunct Professor, Medicine - Allergy and Infectious Dis.
Dean, School of Pharmacy


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 is Professor and Dean of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. In addition to his joint appointment as Professor of Health Services, He also holds adjunct appointments in the School of Medicine, the Public Health Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.

Dr. Sullivan has authored more than 400 journal articles, book chapters, task force reports and organizational and governmental publications. In many of these, 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 past president of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and past chair of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) executive committee of the Format for Formulary Submissions – the United States evidence-based guidelines for formulary decision-making.

Dr. Sullivan served as a member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee, a member of the Regence Blue Shield and Premera Blue Cross P/T Committee and chair, Premera Blue Cross Value Assessment Committee. He is also on the editorial boards of Value in Health, PharmacoEconomics, and Journal of Medical Economics. He was awarded the 2014 Stephen G. Avey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and the 2015 APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research Sciences (APRS) Research Achievement Award.

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
  • HSERV 583
    Economic Evaluation in Health and Medicine

Bansal A, Sullivan SD, Lin VW, Purdum AG, Navale L, Cheng P, Ramsey SD. Estimating Long-Term Survival for Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Large B-cell Lymphoma Treated with Chimeric Antigen Receptor Therapy: A Comparison of Standard and Mixture Cure Models. Med Decis Making. 2019 Feb 28:272989X18820535. doi: 10.1177/0272989X18820535. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30819038

Roth JA, Sullivan SD, Lin VW, Bansal A, Purdum AG, Navale L, Cheng P, Ramsey SD. Cost-effectiveness of axicabtagene ciloleucel for adult patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma in the United States. J Med Econ. 2018 Oct 16:1-8. doi: 10.1080/13696998.2018.1529674. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30260711

Yeung K, Basu A, Hansen RN, Sullivan SD. Price elasticities of pharmaceuticals in a value based-formulary setting. Health Econ. 2018 Jul 20. doi: 10.1002/hec.3801. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30028050

McDermott CL, Bansal A, Ramsey SD, Lyman GH, Sullivan SD. Depression and Health Care Utilization at End of Life Among Older Adults With Advanced Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Nov;56(5):699-708.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.08.004. Epub 2018 Aug 17.  PMID: 30121375

Kim DD, Arterburn DE, Sullivan SD, Basu A. Economic Value of Greater Access to Bariatric Procedures for Patients With Severe Obesity and Diabetes. Med Care. 2018 Jul;56(7):583-588. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000924.  PMID: 29762271

Member, dissertation committee for David Kim
Loss relative to Efficient Diffusion (LED) - A novel metric for economic evaluation of medical technology and its application to the evaluation of bariatric surgery