Neeraj Sood, PhD

Director, COVID Initiative, USC Schaeffer Center
Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs, USC Price School of Public Policy
Professor of Public Policy, USC Price School of Public Policy

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Neeraj Sood, PhD, is professor and vice dean for research and faculty affairs at the USC Price School of Public Policy and a founding member the USC Schaeffer Center. His research focuses on economic epidemiology, infectious diseases, pharmaceutical markets, health insurance, economics of innovation, Medicare, and global health. He is currently leading a study on COVID-19 in collaboration with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals in economics, medicine, and policy, including JAMA, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and Health Services Research. He has testified frequently on health policy issues and has been on expert committees for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. He has received more than $10 million in funding as principal investigator in grants from the National Institutes for Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and other prominent funders. His work has been featured in media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report and Scientific American. Sood was the finalist for the 16th and 21st annual National Institute for Health Care Management Health Care Research Award, recognizing outstanding research in health policy. He was also the 2009 recipient of the Eugene Garfield Economic Impact Prize, recognizing outstanding research demonstrating how medical research impacts the economy.

Sood is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Health Services Research. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a board member of the American Society of Health Economists. Prior to joining USC, he was a senior economist at RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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