James (Jim) Kahn, MD, MPH

Professor of Health Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health
UC San Francisco

UCSF Faculty Profile
Key Areas: health economics, cost-effectiveness analysis, health services research, policy

Dementia has massive economic implications and requires large—and thoughtful—economic investments to reduce and manage.

Jim Kahn focuses on understanding how societies can use limited available resources for health interventions to best improve health. His research approaches include estimating the costs of prevention, treatment, and care interventions, as well as health impact (e.g., years of healthy life gained) and cost-effectiveness (health gains for added spending). These economic perspectives are much needed when considering global brain health.

Most of Kahn’s past work examined HIV; for example, it is possible to prevent HIV in Africa through voluntary medical male circumcision, which costs less than $200 per infection averted. Now, he is embarking on dementia research with the GBHI project Care Ecosystem. Kahn also co-leads the health economics module at GBHI and is available to mentor Fellows interested in health economics.

Bio: Jim Kahn has been a professor at UCSF for 25 years, based at the Philip R. Institute for Health Policy Studies. He is the founding director of the UCSF Global Health Economics Consortium. He is also the principal investigator of a 5-year Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement, Consortium to Assess Prevention Economics, and is completing the 20th year of a National Institutes of Health policy modeling consortium. He attended Harvard and Wesleyan undergraduate, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.