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Leading Expert in Health Care Decision-Making Appointed Chair of Health Policy and Management at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 3 – Mark S. Roberts, M.D., M.P.P., has been recruited by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) to lead the school’s Department of Health Policy and Management. A reception to welcome Dr. Roberts to GSPH will take place at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in Ballroom B at the University Club in Oakland.  


Dr. Roberts’ areas of expertise are decision analyses and the mathematical modeling of diseases and their treatments. He uses a variety of methods from cost-effectiveness analysis to simulation modeling to examine costs and policies related to transplantation, vaccination, surgery and the use of medications.


Most recently, Dr. Roberts served as Pitt professor of medicine, health policy and management, industrial engineering and clinical and translational science, and as chief of the section of decision sciences and clinical systems modeling in the School of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine.  


“Throughout his career, Mark has blended clinical and research work in the decision sciences to advise health care providers and individuals,” said Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor, health sciences, and dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “He has the academic credentials, scientific creativity and the ‘reality testing’ of many years on the front lines as a clinical decision-maker to further bridge the study of medicine to the development of public policies at this potential turning point in history.”  


“Health policy is more important than ever as we enter a new era of health care reform,” added Donald S. Burke, M.D., GSPH dean. “We anticipate that Mark will use his expertise in evidence-based decision-making to train tomorrow’s health care administrators and to advise the nation’s leaders on the best approaches to providing health care for Americans.”


Dr. Roberts has published 115 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and is the immediate past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making.  He received a medical degree from Tufts University and a master’s degree in public policy and health policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He was raised in Carson City, Nev., and is an avid hiker and skier. He and his wife, Eileen, live in O’Hara Township and have three adult children.


Dr. Roberts will take over from Judith Lave, Ph.D., who held the position since 2002. Dr. Lave will continue to serve as director of the Pennsylvania Medicaid Policy Center and pursue research interests as a professor of health policy and management at GSPH.  


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