Tomas Philipson
Senior Fellow; Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies, Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
Health, Medical Research, Public Policy


Dr. Tomas J. Philipson is the Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and an associate member of the Department of Economics. His research focus is health economics.

Before joining the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral fellow in 1989, he was a visiting faculty member at Yale University and a visiting fellow at the World Bank. Philipson was a senior health-care advisor for Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and served in the Bush administration as the senior economic advisor to the head of the Food and Drug Administration and later to the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

He is the recipient of numerous international and national research awards, including the highest honor of his field: the Kenneth Arrow Award of the International Health Economics Association (for best paper in the field of health economics) in 2000 and 2006.

Philipson is a co-editor of the journal Forums for Health Economics & Policy of Berkeley Electronic Press and sits on the editorial board of Health Economics and The European Journal of Health Economics. His research has been published in leading academic journals of economics and in such mass media outlets as CNN, CBS, Fox News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Philipson received an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Sweden's Uppsala University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Philipson is currently not affiliated with the Milken Institute as he is serving as member of the council of economic advisors of the Trump administration.

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