School of Pharmacy


May 26, 2023

UW Professor Anirban Basu Addresses ‘Algorithmic Discrimination’ With New Study

Seattle, WA – University of Washington Professor Anirban Basu, the Stergachis Family Endowed Director of the CHOICE Institute, has published…

May 18, 2023

Professor Andy Stergachis co-leads workshop on substandard and falsified antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance

Professor Andy Stergachis co-leads workshop on substandard and falsified antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance

UW School of Pharmacy & CHOICE Institute Professor Andy Stergachis co-led an invitational workshop at the University of Oxford to…

May 9, 2023

CHOICE Team Co-Authors Study Supporting Routine Genomic Testing for Young Adults

Researchers from The Comparative Effectiveness, Policy & Economics (CHOICE) Institute in the Department of Pharmacy recently published a simulation modeling…

March 29, 2023

Garrison Speaks at HTA Conferences in Egypt and India

Professor Emeritus Lou Garrison speaking at the 2023 ISHTA

Professor Emeritus Lou Garrison spoke recently at health technology assessment (HTA) meetings held in Cairo and New Delhi with similar themes in both regions. HTA is well appreciated in both regions and steps are being taken to build institutions and capacity to carry out HTA.

Lou was a keynote speaker in the 1st Annual Arab Health Economics Meeting: Evolution of Health Economics in Arab Countries.

March 15, 2023

Welcoming our 2023-2025 Cohort of MS HEOR Fellows

The CHOICE Institute is pleased to announce the 2023-25 cohort of CHOICE MS HEOR Fellows who will start their programs…

February 3, 2023

Sullivan Named 2022 AAAS Fellow

Sean Sullivan

School of Pharmacy and The CHOICE Institute Professor Sean D. Sullivan is among four University of Washington researchers who have…

October 28, 2022

Fulbright US Senior Scholar Prof. Beth Devine returns to School of Pharmacy and The CHOICE Institute after a 9-month sabbatical in Spain

Beth Devine

During the past academic year 2021-22, UWSOP Professor and Associate Director Beth Devine enjoyed a sabbatical as a Fulbright US…

September 25, 2022

Lou Garrison Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Lou Garrison

Congratulations to Lou Garrison, Professor Emeritus for The CHOICE Institute, who has been awarded the 2022 Avedis Donabedian Lifetime Achievement…

September 21, 2022

The CHOICE Institute Annual Symposium: Health Equity in HEOR


October 21st, 2:00 – 4:30 PM | Hosted virtually on ZOOM Webinar | Hosted in-person at the Health Sciences Education Building,…

June 6, 2022

Enrique Saldarriaga wins 2022 UW Three Minute Thesis Competition

Enrique Saldarriaga

Enrique Saldarriaga, PhD candidate in the School of Pharmacy and The CHOICE Institute, has won first place in the 2022…

May 25, 2022

CHOICE PhD Student Awarded Magnuson Scholarship for 2022–2023

Yilin Chen

The UW School of Pharmacy is proud to announce that Yilin Chen, a PhD candidate in The CHOICE Institute, has been…

May 6, 2022

David Veenstra and Colleagues Awarded $4.5M Grant From the National Human Genome Research Institute

David Veenstra

UWSOP Professor and Associate Director David Veenstra, along with Vanderbilt University Professor Josh Peterson, and Geisinger Health Assistant Professor Jing…

March 15, 2022

The CHOICE Institute and Department of Pharmacy Welcome Decision Scientist Kyu Eun Lee

Kyu Eun Lee

Dr. Kyu Eun Lee, PhD will be joining The CHOICE Institute and the Department of Pharmacy in January as The…

March 11, 2022

Assessing Payers’ Preferences for Real-World Evidence in the United States

Enrique Saldarriaga

A research study published in Value in Health (and deemed as one of the Editor’s Choice articles) has determined that…

February 15, 2022

Douglas Barthold Awarded NIA Grant

Douglas Barthold

UWSOP Research Assistant Professor and CHOICE Faculty Fellow Douglas Barthold has been awarded a K01 grant from the National Institute…

February 7, 2022

The CHOICE Institute and Department of Pharmacy Welcome Health Economist Jing Li

Jing Li

Dr. Jing Li, MA, PhD will be joining The CHOICE Institute and the Department of Pharmacy in August as an…

October 20, 2021

Three CHOICE faculty receive international ISPOR awards

ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR)— recently announced its annual round of award winners, and three faculty members from The CHOICE Institute – Anirban Basu, Beth Devine and Aasthaa Bansal – have been named recipients for 2021.

October 5, 2021

The CHOICE Institute 2020-2021 Annual Report Now Available!

We are pleased to share the 2020-2021 CHOICE Institute Annual Report. This past academic year was extraordinarily challenging, yet we…

July 20, 2021

Welcoming our 2021-2023 Cohort of MS HEOR Fellows

We are pleased to announce the 2021-23 cohort of CHOICE MS HEOR Fellows. The CHOICE Institute has partnerships with four pharmaceutical…

January 27, 2021

2021 Winners of the Elmer M. Plein Endowed Research Fund Announced

Congratulations to Rachel Wittenauer and Qingcheng Mao, 2021 recipients of the Elmer M. Plein Endowed Research Fund, an award established…

December 22, 2020

Jennifer Bacci Selected as 2021 Recipient of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award

Jenny Bacci

The Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute has named UWSOP’s Jennifer Bacci the 2021 recipient of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy…

November 17, 2020

Welcome (back) Dr. Elizabeth Brouwer to the CHOICE Institute!

We are excited to announce that Elizabeth (Lizzy) Brouwer, PhD, will be re-joining the CHOICE Institute as a research scientist….

November 3, 2020

The CHOICE Institute Graduate Fellowship Support

Graduate students are at the heart of our leading innovations and most impactful work — from developing models for value…

September 18, 2020

CHOICE Institute Releases 2020 Annual Report

CHOICE Annual Report 2020

The 2020 Annual Report for the Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy & Economics (CHOICE) Institute is now available. Learn more about…

August 20, 2020

New research finds association between COVID-19 hospital use and mortality

patient in hospital bed

Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Washington found a statistical relationship between the number of hospital beds…

May 7, 2020

Estimating the Infection Fatality Rate among Symptomatic Covid-19 Cases in the U.S.

Anirban Basu

According to a study released today, Anirban Basu, Stergachis Family Endowed Director of The CHOICE Institute at the UW School…

April 23, 2020

UWSOP alum appointed Senior VP for Health Economics at ICER

Jon Campbell

In September, UW School of Pharmacy CHOICE alum Jonathan D. Campbell, PhD, will become Senior Vice President for Health Economics…

March 9, 2020

Welcome to our new class of CHOICE MS Fellows

We are pleased to announce the 2020-22 cohort of CHOICE MS Fellows. The CHOICE Institute has partnerships with four pharmaceutical…

January 16, 2020

UWSOP CHOICE create Novel New Framework for Valuing Health Outcomes in Cost-Effectiveness Analyses

Choice faculty and students

Introducing “Health Years in Total:” A Novel Framework for Valuing Health Outcomes in Cost-Effectiveness Analyses. CHOICE Researchers Introduce a New…

December 20, 2019

CHOICE Institute Researchers Find that Rural Hospital Closures Increase Patient Mortality

Kritee Gujral

About 15% of hospitals have closed since 1990, and rates of hospital closure—particularly in rural areas—have increased over the last…

December 19, 2019

The CHOICE Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Jens Grueger, PhD, to the School of Pharmacy as an Affiliate Professor

Jens Grueger, PhD is the 2019-2020 President Elect for the Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and current…

Recap from SMDM 2019

The Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) brings together researchers, clinicians, educators, managers, and policy makers from diverse backgrounds and…

CHOICE Alum Will Canestaro recognized for health innovation

CHOICE alum Will Canestaro was selected as a 2019 Seattle Health Innovator of the Year in Collaboration. This award recognizes…

Doug Barthold Explores Diagnostic Patterns of Dementia

Doug Barthold

CHOICE faculty member Doug Barthold has expanded his research program that studies risk factors and care for Alzheimer’s disease and…

CHOICE Team presents at the ICER CEPAC Meeting on Type 2 Diabetes

Ryan Hansen

UW Cost-Effectiveness Modeling Team, Ryan Hansen and Greg Guzauskas, were recently presenters at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review’s…

November 7, 2019

Teams at UWSOP and Fred Hutch look at emerging sickle cell disease therapies

Teams at UWSOP and Fred Hutch look at emerging sickle cell disease therapies The National Institutes of Health’s National Heart,…

October 20, 2019

Find the CHOICE Institute at SMDM 2019

The 41st Annual North American Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) is just down the road in…

September 24, 2019

Marcum first pharmacist to receive prestigious Beeson Award

Zachary Marcum, PhD, PharmD was recently awarded the Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award (K76) from the National…

September 18, 2019

Promoted UWSOP faculty tackling tough problems facing population health with novel approaches

Recently promoted faculty are finding news ways to solve significant population health problems from Alzheimer’s and related dementias to kidney…

September 13, 2019

Using Data and Economics to Transform Health | Celebrating 25 Years

CHOICE faculty and students at the 2019 retreat

Celebrating 25 years, The CHOICE Institute continues to grow and transform, expanding its impact on population health. “At CHOICE, we…

A Tradition of Reinventing Pharmacy

Never doubt the profound impact that our faculty and alumni have had on health care nationwide through decades of advocacy…

September 12, 2019

Using Genetics to Decode Warfarin

Genome Sequencers

The potential impact of personalized medicine launched here at UW School of Pharmacy about twenty years ago, when Dave Veenstra’s…

Enhancing the way epilepsy is managed by engaging community pharmacists

The University of Washington’s School of Pharmacy today announced a collaboration with global biopharmaceutical company UCB to improve access to…

July 6, 2019

Supporting cancer survivors

Assitant Professor Aasthaa Bansal’s team will look at care for colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and chronic myeloid leukemia. Their approach will extend to other diseases, including pediatric cancers.

Aasthaa Bansal leads an NIH MERIT award-winning team to develop decision-making frameworks to guide post-treatment care for cancer survivors Despite…

May 14, 2019

Where to find CHOICE Students, Alumni, & Faculty at ISPOR 2019

To find the posters and presentations of CHOICE students, alumni, and faculty, please refer to the PDF attached here. CHOICE…

May 13, 2019

Dean Sullivan named OSU Icon of Pharmacy

On the evening of May 4th, 2019, Oregon State University College of Pharmacy alumni and friends gathered at Portland City…

Brouwer and Ko each win Garrison Prize in 2019

Lou Garrison presents the Garrison Prize to Lizzy Brouwer at the 2019 CHOICE retreat.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Louis Sr. and Marilyn Garrison Endowed Prize in Health Policy and Economics, Elizabeth…

May 10, 2019

CHOICE students travel abroad to research cervical cancer and test a TBI screening app

Two CHOICE graduate students were recently awarded global health travel fellowships. Erik Landaas received the Global Opportunities (GO) Health fellowship…

Welcome new Research Project Manager Anthony Morgan to CHOICE

CHOICE Research Project Manager, Anthony Morgan

Please join us in welcoming Anthony Morgan (who goes by Morgan) to The CHOICE Institute! Morgan is serving as CHOICE’s…

Brouwer receives UW Population Health Initiative Travel Award

CHOICE PhD Student Elizabeth Brouwer

Congratulations to CHOICE PhD student Elizabeth Brouwer who received conference travel funds from the Population Health Initiative at the University…

Lauren Strand named 2019-2020 UWSOP Magnuson Scholar

Magnuson Scholar Lauren Strand with CHOICE faculty (right to left) Ryan Hansen, Josh Carlson, and Beth Devine

Congratulations to third-year PhD student in the CHOICE Institute, Lauren Strand who was named the UWSOP Magnuson Scholar for 2019-2020. Magnuson Scholars are selected…

April 4, 2019

UWSOP team wins the AMCP 2019 National Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition

Michael Sporck, ‘20, Eunice Kim, ‘20, Hanna Kleiboeker, ‘20 and Erin Ichinotsubo, ‘21 won first place at the National AMCP P&T competition

Congratulations to our PharmD students, Michael Sporck, ‘20, Eunice Kim, ‘20, Hanna Kleiboeker, ‘20 and Erin Ichinotsubo, ‘21, who won…

March 25, 2019

Bacci, White, and Zaraa awarded UW Population Health grant to study integrated care models for people living with epilepsy

Congratulations to Jennifer Bacci, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy; H. Steve White, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy; and Sabra Zarâa, CHOICE…

March 21, 2019

HECOR certificate expands program into Saudi Arabia

This year, the CHOICE Institute’s Certificate in Health Economics and Outcomes Research program has been reaching a wide audience. In addition to…

Doug Barthold was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Pilot Award

CHOICE faculty member Doug Barthold was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Pilot Award, for a proposal titled “Alzheimer’s disease…

Chuck Phelps delivers keynote at 2nd Annual CHOICE Symposium

The CHOICE Institute welcomed Professor Emeritus Charles E. Phelps, PhD, for the 2019 CHOICE Institute Annual Symposium. Dr. Phelps provided…

March 19, 2019

Stergachis helps veterans by serving on a National Academies of Sciences committee

Andy Stergachis, UWSOP Professor & Associate Dean

Associate Dean Andy Stergachis was appointed to a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct…

March 18, 2019

Landaas presents PupilScreen app at Dawg Days in the Desert

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. CHOICE PhD student Erik Landaas has…

CHOICE Alumnae Bennette and Adamson to lead ISPOR short course

Blythe Adamson

CHOICE Alumnae Carrie Savage Bennette and Blythe Adamson, recent CHOICE alum, will be presenting/co-leading one of the short courses, Tools…

12 UWSOP students to present posters at ISPOR

Congratulations to the twelve UWSOP students, comprised of eleven CHOICE Students and fellows and one PharmD student (co-authored with a…

February 15, 2019

Marina Gano joins Department of Pharmacy and The CHOICE Institute

Marina Gano

Please welcome Marina Gano, the new Department of Pharmacy/CHOICE Institute Graduate Program and Operations Manager. Marina grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska,…

December 18, 2018

Devine and Chen debut Real-world Evidence Assessments and Needs Guidance (READi) Tool


CHOICE faculty member Beth Devine and CHOICE PhD student Shuxian Chen led an invited workshop last month at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy…

December 17, 2018

CHOICE director Anirban Basu and collaborators receive NIH grant to study costs of dementia care

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

Team seeks to improve the projections of the future burden of the disease. Anirban Basu, director of the CHOICE Institute…

December 14, 2018

CHOICE PhD student Landaas studies PupilScreen app in Thailand

Erik Landaas, current CHOICE PhD student pictured with CHOICE alumnus, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk, PhD, in Thailand

CHOICE PhD student Erik Landaas received funding to conduct a mobile health validation study in Thailand. The study is funded by…

December 13, 2018

Kai Yeung receives grant for project looking at value in prescription drug benefit design

Kai Young, PhD, '15

Congratulations to CHOICE Institute alumnus and Affiliate Assistant Professor, Kai Yeung, PharmD PhD, `15, who received a research grant from…

December 7, 2018

Anirban Basu awarded Mid-Career Excellence Award by HPSS

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

At the 2018 International Conference on Health Policy Statistics (ICHPS) held in Charleston, South Carolina, Anirban Basu was awarded the…

November 27, 2018

Barthold uses economics methods to improve dementia diagnosis and treatment plans across race, ethnicity, and sex

“Economists have a knack for identification strategies—using data in innovative ways to isolate the role of one specific drug and separate it from other confounders that may affect the outcome of interest,” said Doug (pictured right, with CHOICE  PhD graduate student Erik Landaas). 

The newest researcher in The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP, Doug Barthold is taking a couple of approaches that use data and…

Marcum takes a multi-prong approach toward developing a dementia prevention strategy

Zach Marcum, Plein Center Assistant Director of Research and Bailey Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

The prospect of developing dementia is terrifying for most people, particularly for those with family members who have had the…

November 15, 2018

UW Researchers Gray and Phelan to study the impact of deprescribing to reduce falls in older adults

Older adult hands holding medication

UW Pharmacy’s Shelly Gray and UW Medicine’s Elizabeth Phelan are teaming up to identify ways to prevent falls in older…

November 1, 2018

Researchers at UW and USC find a type of medication used to treat high blood pressure may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers Doug Barthold of the University of Washington and Julie Zissimopoulos of the University of Southern California published the first…

October 11, 2018

Lou Garrison named 2018 Value Assessment Challenge Award recipient

The PhRMA Foundation and the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) announced that Lou Garrison is one of the first place recipients…

September 28, 2018

CHOICE faculty member, Aasthaa Bansal, awarded highly coveted NIH Merit Award

Aasthaa Bansal and Erik Landaas writing on whiteboard at the School of Pharmacy

Assistant Professor Aasthaa Bansal at the CHOICE Institute was recently awarded a $2.5M+, seven-year Method to Extend Research in Time…

July 26, 2018

Researchers at UW bolster study of how austerity devastated Greece’s health

Andy Stergachis, UWSOP Professor & Associate Dean

A new study by dozens of researchers from the University of Washington and around the world has found that Greece’s…

May 15, 2018

Neumann presents at joint HICOR/PHEnOM Seminar and PAA Katterman Lecture

The CHOICE Institute & the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR) Joint Seminar On Wednesday, May 2nd, Peter Neumann, Sc.D….

May 10, 2018

Strand awarded 2018 Garrison Prize in Health Policy & Economics

Congratulations to 3rd year, PhD student Lauren Strand who received the Louis Garrison Sr. And Marilyn Garrison Endowed Prize in…

April 24, 2018

Marcum study finds metformin has mortality benefits even with low kidney function

Collaborative research between UW School of Pharmacy and VA Puget Sound looked at 175,000 patients In a recent study, researchers…

April 17, 2018

Basu trains Indian government and health leaders in health economics

2018 International Health Technology Assessment Fellowship Cohort

With India rolling out the one of the largest public health insurance initiatives in the world, it became more important than…

March 26, 2018

Our CHOICE PhD students continue to advance research to improve health outcomes

From all of us at CHOICE, we hope your year is off to a good start. Our PhD students have…

February 21, 2018

Meet Our Newest Faculty Member, Doug Barthold


We welcome Dr. Doug Barthold, PhD., Research Assistant Professor, to the faculty of the Department of Pharmacy and to The…

February 6, 2018

New fellowship will advance thoughtful health care innovation in Washington state

Partnership between Washington Research Foundation and The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP creates opportunities for students and researchers at non-profit research…

February 5, 2018

CHOICE alumnus Scott Strassels moves into leadership role at Ohio State U

Scott Strassels

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy congratulates Scott Strassels, PhD, PharmD, on his new position as assistant professor in…

December 8, 2017

Launch of The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP promises leadership in health economics and outcomes research

We are witnessing a period of renaissance, as current advances in medical technology and breakthroughs are unprecedented in human history….

November 16, 2017

Veenstra weighs in on genetic testing in Science Magazine

DNA sample for gene sequencing at Debbie Nickerson Lab, University of Washington.

The question about the benefits and pitfalls of genetic testing is discussed in, “Is health care ready for routing DNA…

July 13, 2016

UWSOP faculty and alumni elected to ISPOR leadership

UWSOP faculty and alumni past, present and future leaders of ISPOR (From left to right): Past President (2003-2004) Sean D. Sullivan, President Lou Garrison, President-elect Shelby D. Reed, Immediate Past President Daniel Malone, Past President (2010-2011) Scott Ramsey

Five UWSOP faculty and alumni have led ISPOR over the past 20 years UW School of Pharmacy faculty and alumni…

September 15, 2015

Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence for the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP)

PORPP Retreat 2015

“Great scientists and great surfers share a common trait. They don’t position themselves where the big wave is now; they…