HOPE Center Hosts International Research and Health Economist, Lou Garrison, PhD

(July 3, 2019)

The University of Arizona Student ISPOR Chapter, comprising the Health & Pharmaceutical Outcomes doctoral program students, and program professor Dan Malone, RPh, PhD, FAMCP hosted international researcher and health economist, Lou Garrison, PhD, for a presentation on risk-based agreements and contracting. Dr. Garrison is a leading expert on performance-based agreements having conducted seminal studies in this area. He also co-chaired the ISPOR Good Practices for Performance-Based Risk-Sharing Arrangements Task Force and Report.

Dr. Garrison is Professor Emeritus in The Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute in the School of Pharmacy, where first joined the faculty in 2004, and has a wealth of experience, working in non-profit health policy research at the Battelle Human Affairs Research Centers (Seattle), as the Director of the Project HOPE Center for Health Affairs (Virginia), Vice President and Head of Health Economics & Strategic Pricing in Roche Pharmaceuticals, based in Basel, Switzerland, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Office of Health Economics in London, UK. He served as ISPOR president in 2016-17 and is actively involved with ISPOR leadership.

In addition to giving a graduate seminar on risk-based contracting, Dr. Garrison met with students over dinner to discuss dissertation ideas. Shannon Vaffis, one of the doctoral students who attended the seminar and dinner, said “It was exciting to have the opportunity to meet with such an esteemed researcher as Dr. Garrison. Not only were we able to benefit from his depth of knowledge in the area of performance-based agreements during his seminar, we were able to continue the conversation at a dinner where he conversed with students about the current and future states of the field and shared his experiences from his distinguished career.”

Dr. Garrison has several connections to the HOPE Center, having worked alongside his ISPOR president (2015-16) predecessor, Dr. Malone, and having guest-lectured in the 2017 Real-World Evidence Training Program. Additionally, the HOPE Center’s Amy Grizzle, PharmD worked with Dr. Garrison at Roche Pharmaceuticals for 8 years. “Lou is probably the most dynamic and insightful researcher I have met throughout my entire career,” says Dr. Grizzle, “And he’s been an amazing mentor, boss, and friend. It was such a pleasure to have him here to share with our grad students.”