Daphne Austin:

Daphne Austin

Dr Daphne Austin is an Independent Public Health Physician.  She worked for the National Health Service in England as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine for 17 years, virtually exclusive in the area of healthcare public health.  Her primary interest is priority setting at the coal face and her area of specialism is individual funding requests.



Marion Danis:


Marion Danis, M.D.

6109 Swansea St., Bethesda, MD 20817, USA

Tel 240-426-1391


Marion Danis, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Danis’ research focuses predominantly on strategies for public engagement in resource allocation and rationing. She is particularly interested in increasing access to care and improving the health of disadvantaged populations by addressing the social determinants of health through the promotion of inter-sectoral policies. Dr. Danis’ attended medical school at the University of Chicago and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served on the faculty of the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina before coming to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Danis is currently the Head of the Section on Ethics and Health Policy in the Department of Clinical Bioethics in the NIH Clinical Center. She also serves as Chief of the Bioethics Consultation Service at the Clinical Center. She served as president of the International Society on Priorities in Health Care from 2008 to 2010. Her publications include several books: Ethical Dimensions of Health Policy; Research Ethics Consultations: A Casebook; and Fair Resource Allocation and Rationing at the Bedside which have been published by Oxford University Press.


Marthe Gold:


Visiting Scholar,New York Academy of Medicine

Logan Professor Emerita at City College


Marthe Gold MD, MPH is Visiting Scholar at the New York Academy of Medicine and Logan Professor Emerita of Community Health and Social Medicine at the City College of New York.  She is a graduate of the Tufts University School of Medicine and the Columbia School of Public Health.  She served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where her focus was on health care reform and on the economics of medical care and health.  Marthe directed the work of the first Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, an expert group whose report became an influential guide to cost-effectiveness methodology in academic and policy uses.  A member of the National Academy of Medicine, she chaired the Committee on Public Health Strategies to Improve Health, whose three reports (2010-2012) on measurement, on law and policy, and on funding issued recommendations directed at improving population health and limiting cost growth in the health sector. Her recent work focuses on using public deliberation methods to examine complex issues in the use of evidence in priority setting


Susan Dorr  Goold:

Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine

University of Michigan, North Campus Research Complex

2800 Plymouth Road, Building 16, Rm 425W

Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

734/615-8377, Fax:  734/936-8944

Twitter: @susangoold


Dr. Goold is Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. Board certified in internal medicine since 1990, she has practiced and supervised resident continuity clinics for over 20 years. Her clinical interests include adult primary care, doctor-patient relationships, communication and ethics.

Dr. Goold directed the University’s first Bioethics Program for 10 years and currently leads the research program in Health, Justice and Community at the Center for Bioethics, Social Sciences and Medicine.

Dr. Goold brings a variety of methods of inquiry, empirical and theoretical, to improve knowledge, understanding and practice in “money medicine and ethics,” resource allocation and distributive justice, conflicts of interest, ethics of health policy (public and private) and community engagement, with the overarching goal of improving health equity.  She approaches these important and enduring questions with surveys, mixed methods research, community-based participatory research and deliberative procedures as well as conceptual and philosophical analysis.

Her research emphasizes the perspectives of doctors, patients and the public on resource allocation. She and a colleague invented the award-winning priority-setting exercise CHAT (Choosing All Together), which has been used in many states and several countries by researchers, educators and policy makers. She has led numerous projects engaging minority and underserved communities in deliberations about health, health care and health research priorities.

Dr. Goold recently finished a term as member and then Chair of the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center and of the American College of Physicians.


Kjell Arne Johansson:


University of Bergen, Kalfarveien 31

5020 Bergen


Kjell Arne Johansson, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Bioethics at the Department of global and public health at the University of Bergen. He holds a medical degree from the University of Bergen and he combines academic and clinical work 50/50. He specializes in addiction medicine at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen. Johansson did his PhD on priority setting in HIV programs in low-income countries, where he combined findings from his fieldwork in rural and urban health systems in Tanzania and Ethiopia with theories of distributive justice. He identified how problematic priorities were made and performed ethical analyses of the distribution of outcomes as well as on fair process of key HIV policy decisions. His general interest is to better understand substantial ethical dilemmas, priority setting processes and fairness in resource allocation in low-, middle- and high-income countries. Currently he is working on quantitative equity measures and explores how fairness concerns are best incorporated into standard health-economic models. Since August 2013 he has been leading the interdisciplinary research group Global Health Priorities in Bergen and the five-year research project Priorities in Global Health 2020. In the current research, the group focuses particularly on priority setting issues at a country level in Ethiopia.



Lydia Kapiriri:


Associate Professor

Department of Health, Aging and Society

McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W.

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M4

905-525-9140 ext. 27203, Fax:905-529-2152


Dr. Lydia Kapiriri is an Associate Professor at McMaster University. She is a Medical Doctor who worked at all levels of the health care system in Uganda, before her PhD. Dr. Kapiriri’s research is at the nexus of health systems, public health, ethics and fair priority setting in healthcare organizations globally but mainly in developing countries. The core ideas are: How are health systems organized to meet the needs of their populations? How is priority setting done at the different levels of care and in different countries? What do people perceive as fair priority setting? What determines what gets prioritized? How can fairness be improved in priority setting? What lessons can be learnt and shared across different contexts? For example, Dr. Kapiriri has compared priority setting at the three levels of decision making in Uganda, Canada and Norway. Her latest project seeks to pilot test a framework developed to evaluate successful/ effective priority setting.



Sara McCafferty:


Researcher Associate/ Policy Advisor

Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

Baddiley-Clark Building, Richardson Road

Newcastle Upon Tyne



0191 222 3824
DH Tel: 020072102793


Sara McCafferty is a Health Economist at Newcastle University her main area of interest is commissioning, which is how public resources are used to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of the local population. Within this I am particularly interested in the application of Health Economics methods to improve priority setting, both within Public Health and within NHS settings. I am also interested in health policy and health care systems. I have a long term interest in working with developing countries, and am keen to develop links to facilitate this.

Sara is currently on secondment to the NHS Policy & Strategy group at the UK Department of Health.



Craig Mitton:



E:(604) 875-4111 ex 62995

Craig Mitton is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation and a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Craig held a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award from 2006-2012 and from 2005-2009 was at UBC Okanagan where he held a Canada Research Chair in Health Care Priority Setting. The focus of his research is in the application of health economics to impact real-world decision making in health organizations. Craig is a member of the International Society of Priorities in Health Care and co-chaired the Society’s 2012 conference in Vancouver. He has published a book entitled the ‘Priority setting toolkit: a guide to the use of economics in health care decision making’ and has authored or co-authored over 100 peer reviewed publications. Craig has delivered over 150 presentations across many different countries and regularly runs workshops and short courses on health economics.


Stuart Peacock:


Stuart Peacock 2015 photo

Stuart Peacock holds the Leslie Diamond Chair in Cancer Survivorship and is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. He is currently Co-Director of the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) and a Distinguished Scientist at the British Columbia Cancer Agency. Over the past 20 years, Stuart’s main research interests have focussed on research into developing more effective cancer services, making health system funding decisions fairer and more transparent, and improving the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors.


Suzanne Robinson:


Associate Professor and Director of Health Policy Management

Curtin University,Western Australia

+61 8 9266 4921   Fax | +61 8 9266 2958



Suzanne’s main research interests include: economic evaluation (areas include aged care, cancers and nutrition) priority setting and decision making in health (including disinvestment) and health services integration, with a particular interest in strengthening primary care.  Suzanne is trained and experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and understands the contribution that each of these approaches can have to complex research areas. Suzanne has experience of bridging the divide between policy and practice – working with government organisations to use evidence and research in policy development, whilst also working at the ‘coal face’ with practitioners in the implementation of policy.




Benedict Rumbold:


Department of Philosophy

University College London

Gower Street



020 7679 7115



Benedict Rumbold is a Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at University College London, where he works with Dr James Wilson on an EPSRC-funded research project on privacy and the use of health care data. Benedict’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of ethics, political philosophy and public policy. Prior to his work on privacy, he worked as a Research Fellow at UCL leading an interdisciplinary research project on the human right to health (, before which he worked at the Nuffield Trust, a health policy research institute in London. He completed a PhD in moral philosophy from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2009 and holds a Masters in Philosophy from the University College London, as well as a BA in history from Cambridge University. Between 2010 and 2012, was an Honorary Lecturer at Queen Mary’s, University of London. He has published widely on questions of priority setting in health, including in the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Health Economics Policy and Law and Social Science and Medicine.

Harald Schmidt:


Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Research Associate, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Market Street, Suite 320

Philadelphia, PA 19104-3308


Harald is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and a Research Associate at the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, both at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.  His research interests are centered around personal responsibility for health, public health ethics and fairness in resource allocation. He completed his PhD in Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s LSE Health, and previously studied Philosophy at the Universities of Bremen, Oxford and Münster.


Chris  Skedgel:


Senior Lecturer in Applied Health Economics

Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia

Norwich, UK  NR7 7TJ

+44 (0)1603591840  Fax: +44 (0)1603593752


Chris Skedgel, PhD is Senior Lecturer in Applied Health Economics at the Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK.  His primary interest is in the use of heath economics to maximize the value of limited healthcare resources. This includes consideration of economic efficiency as well as the broader concept of societal value in the allocation of healthcare.


Iestyn Williams:


Senior Lecturer

Health Services Management Centre

Park House,40 Edgbaston Park Rd, University of Birmingham

Birmingham, UK,B15 2RT


0044 (0)121 414 7063

Iestyn’s academic background is in Sociology which he studied at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Before joining the University of Birmingham, Iestyn was a health care manager and prior to this worked in research and service development in the non-profit sector. At the Health Services Management Centre, Iestyn leads the department’s work on priority setting and health technology coverage decision-making which includes research, teaching, policy advice and a recent book.  Current research projects include a three-year study of decommissioning in the English National Health Service.