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Marcelo Coca Perraillon, PhD

Assistant Professor


Marcelo Coca Perraillon, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Systems, Management & Policy. Broadly, his research interest focus on the intersection of health care quality, costs, outcomes and statistical methods for observational data. His current research relates to the nursing home sector, particularly studying the effects of public reporting of quality on consumer and provider behavior. Other areas of current research involve economic evaluations and hospital performance under the ACA. Much of his work involves statistical modeling using large panel data sets and observational data. He currently teaches graduate-level classes on statistical methods for health services research and economic evaluations (see links to class notes below).

Before obtaining his doctoral degree at the University of Chicago, he was a researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Dr. Perraillon is a current member of the Center for Health Statistics at the University of Chicago and an editorial board member of Medical Care Research and Review (MCRR). [Personal website].

Research Interests:
  • Health economics, health policy
  • Nursing homes, long-term care, ageing
  • Economic evaluations
  • Health outcomes
  • Causal inference and applied statistical methods

Main projects:
  • Causal effects of Part C early intervention on very low-birth weight infants (AHRQ - R03HS025221, PI: Perraillon)
  • Econometric Analysis of Hospital Performance Pre- and  Post-ACA (AHRQ - R01HS025208, PI: Lindrooth)
  • Predictors of High-Cost Cancer Treatment in Colorado (Data to Value, D2V PI Perraillon)
  • Measuring the Value of Nursing Care, (AHRQ, Data to Value, PI: Welton)
  • Evaluation of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative (outcomes and costs) (CDPHE, PI:Perraillon)

Courses Taught:

(Class notes are posted online; use links below)

  • Cost-effectiveness Analysis (aka economic evaluations) (HSMP 6609)
  • Methods in Health Services Research I (HSMP 7607)
  • 2018 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Colorado School of Public Health (CU Anschutz)
  • 2018 International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)  Award for Excellence in Application in Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research (Brandt, Myerson, Perraillon, Polonsky, JAMA  Cardiology.)
  • 2018 Dean's Masters Mentoring Award, Graduate School, University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz
  • 2015 Outstanding Performance in the General field of Public Health Sciences, University of Chicago
  • 2014 Lee B. Lusted Award for Preference Assessment, Society for Medical Decision Making
  • University of Chicago, PhD, health economics and biostatistics
  • Tufts University, MA, economics
  • Universidad Diego Portales, BA, Business and economics

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