Tomas Philipson

Tomas Philipson

Formal First Name

Tomas J. Philipson, an expert in healthcare and health-related issues that affect the economy, is the Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies Emeritus at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the Co-Director of the Becker Friedman Institute’s Program on Foundational Research in Health Care Markets and Policies within the Health Economics Initiative. With decades of economic, healthcare and government leadership, Dr. Philipson is a recognized and valued liaison for major pharmaceutical, healthcare and regulatory entities. Previously, Dr. Philipson co-founded Precision Health Economics, a premium brand healthcare consultancy which served global Fortune 500 healthcare clients. He is a frequent keynote speaker at many domestic and international health care events and conferences. He has also received numerous worldwide research awards and is a two-time winner of the highest award in his field, the Arrow Award of The International Health Economics Association. Today, Dr. Philipson serves as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research as well as an advisor for Biologx, PragmaHealth, Liberatio and Epigenetix.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Dr. Philipson served in the second Bush Administration as the senior economic advisor to the head of the FDA.

  • He served as a senior economic advisor to the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • He served as a health care advisor to Senator John McCain during his campaign for President of the United States.

  • He was appointed by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives to the Key Indicator Commission created by the Affordable Care Act.

  • He also served on the 21st Century Cures legislation and on the committee of Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Initiative.


  • Dr. Philipson is the recipient of numerous international and national research awards.

  • He has twice been the recipient of the highest honour of his field, the Kenneth Arrow Award of the International Health Economics Association.

  • He was awarded the Garfield Award by Research America and The Prêmio Haralambos Simeonidisand from the Brazilian Economic Association.

  • He also received the Distinguished Economic Research Award from the Milken Institute.

  • He has also  been awarded numerous grants and awards from both public and private agencies.


  • Dr. Philipson is a founding editor of the journal Forums for Health Economics & Policy of Berkeley Electronic Press.

  • He has been on the editorial board of the journal Health Economics and The European Journal of Health Economics.

  • He has been published widely in all leading academic journals of economics such as the American Economic Review and Journal of Political Economy.

  • He has been published in Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, and Econometrica.

  • He has also been featured at CNN, NBC, FOX News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, among others.