Professor Elias Mossialos

Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy and Head of Department of Health Policy, LSE

Professor Mossialos’ research focus is comparative health systems and policy, addressing questions related to health reforms, financing health care, pharmaceutical policies, the impact of EU law on health care systems, cancer care and policy and incentives to develop new antibiotics.


He has advised the WHO, European Parliament, European Commission (EC), World Bank, UK Office of Fair Trading, Ministries of Health and Social Affairs in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Kazakhstan,  Kuwait, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and Sweden, and health insurance funds in Croatia, France, Hungary and South Korea.


In 2010 he was awarded the Andrija Stampar medal by the Association of Schools of Public Health in Europe (ASPHER) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), for contributions to European public health. He received the 2002 and 2007 Baxter Awards from the European Health Management Association for the best publication in health policy and management in Europe and a Commended Prize in the 2002 BMA Medical Book Competition. In 2009, under his directorship, LSE Health was honoured with the biennial Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for outstanding achievement and excellence.

Professor Alistair McGuire

Professor of Health Economics and Deputy Head of Department of Health Policy, LSE

Professor McGuire has been interested in the economics of health care for over thirty years. His research interests cover all topics in health economics, including international comparisons, economics of the hospital, public/private sector interface, cost-effectiveness analysis of health technologies, and health economics alongside clinical trials. He has acted as an advisor to a number of governments and governmental bodies, including the UK government, the UK Competition Commission, the UK Medical Research Council, the German Institut für Qualität Wirtschaftlichkeit im Geshundheitswesen, as well as for a number of international bodies (including the World Bank, the WHO, and the IMF) and pharmaceutical and health care insurance companies.

Dr Emma Pitchforth

Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at University of Exeter, seconded part-time to be a Senior Fellow on the Commission

Emma is a senior health services researcher with a PhD in public health. She has a significant track record of research in diverse health care settings and is interested in using social science methods and perspectives to understand the potential of different service configurations in meeting the needs of different population groups. Much of her current research looks at the interface between different services and sectors.

Dr Michael Anderson

Research Officer in the Department of Health Policy, LSE

Michael is a medical doctor with an interest in health policy and public health who graduated from University of Birmingham in 2014, after which he undertook a range of hospital and community rotations within the South Thames deanery, completing his Foundation Training in 2016. Following this, he studied for a joint masters in Health Policy, Planning & Financing at the London School of Economics and the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine gaining a Distinction. Moving forward, he will combine his role within the Commission with General Practice Specialty Training. 

George Wharton

Senior Lecturer in Practice, Department of Health Policy, LSE

George began his career in investment banking before joining the Civil Service on the fast stream. Specialising in international health policy and diplomacy through a series of policy and programme management roles, in 2013 he became Chief Operating Officer of Healthcare UK, where he worked with stakeholders across government, the NHS and industry to support the UK’s health sector in engaging overseas. He then took up a role at Guy's and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust working with operational and clinical teams to develop international commercial partnerships. He is an alumnus of the School having graduated with a BSc in International Relations in 2006, and completed an MSc in Health Policy at Imperial College London in 2017.

Michael Woods

Research Assistant in the Department of Health Policy, LSE

Michael is a recent graduate from the International Health Policy (Health Economics) MSc at LSE. He has spent the previous ten years working as an economist for the Australian Treasury. Along with health policy, he has expertise in fiscal strategy, sustainability of government finances and intergenerational equity. He has previously provided modelling assistance for the 2014 National Commission of Audit (Australia) and the Parliamentary Budget Office (Australia).

Jenna Kerns

Research Assistant in the Department of Health Policy, LSE

Jenna is currently a Research Assistant in the Department of Health Policy. Her research interests include comparative health systems and social policy. She was previously a Research Assistant at the Work Foundation, a think tank focussed on quality of working life, improved employee engagement and better workplace health and well-being. She holds an MSc in Social Policy from LSE and a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley, USA.

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