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Professor Christopher Murray

Professor Christopher Murray

Christopher Murray

MD, DPhil


Visiting Professor

  • Institute Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
  • Professor and Chair of Health Metrics Sciences at the University of Washington

Professor Murray’s career has focused on improving health for everyone worldwide by improving health evidence. A physician and health economist, his work has led to the development of a range of new methods and empirical studies to strengthen health measurement, analyze the performance of public health and medical care systems, and assess the cost-effectiveness of health technologies. IHME provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them.

Before founding IHME, Murray served as Executive Director, Evidence and Information for Policy Cluster at the World Health Organization, Director, Harvard Initiative for Global Health and Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and Richard Saltonstall Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Murray has authored or edited 16 books, many book chapters, and more than 420 journal articles in internationally peer-reviewed publications. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the 2018 co-recipient of the John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. He holds undergraduate degrees from Harvard University, a DPhil in International Health Economics from Oxford University, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.