Richard Frank

Richard G. Frank

Senior Fellow – Economic Studies, Director – Center on Health Policy

Richard G. Frank, Ph. D., is a senior fellow in Economic Studies and director of the Center on Health Policy. He is the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics, Emeritus, in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. From 2014 to 2016 he served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services. His research is focused on the economics of mental health and substance abuse care, long term care financing policy, health care competition, implementation of health reform and disability policy. Dr. Frank served as an editor for the Journal of Health Economics from 2005 to 2014. Dr. Frank was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen Prize from the Southern Economic Association, the Carl A. Taube Award from the American Public Health Association, and the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine) in 1997. He is co-author with Sherry Glied of the book “Better but Not Well” (Johns Hopkins Press).

Frank serves on the Health and Medicine Division Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (beginning November 2022). He is a volunteer in the Executive Chamber Volunteer Program for the Future of Healthcare Commission of the state of New York. He teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He serves as an expert witness on anti-trust matters through Greylock McKinnon Associates.

  • Current Positions

    • Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics, Emeritus, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard University Medical School
    • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in Economics, Boston University
    • BA in Economics, Bard College
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