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Michael L. Ganz


Dr. Ganz has a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences and an MS in Biostatistics, both from Columbia University in New York, and a BA in Economics from UCLA.  From 1998 to May 2006 Dr. Ganz was on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health (formerly in the Department of Maternal and Child Health).  In 2006 Dr. Ganz joined the Cambridge-based consulting firm Abt Associates Inc/Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions, Inc, which was recently acquired by United BioSource Corporation (UBC).  Dr. Ganz is currently a Research Scientist at UBC as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the HSPH where he continues to teach courses in the analysis of secondary data.  Dr. Ganz is an active referee for a number of economic and clinical journals and is a member of a number of economics, public health, and health economics associations.

Research or other Professional Activities

Dr. Ganz has 15 years of health services research and consulting experience in academic settings and for clients in the pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries and has experience designing and conducting/developing literature reviews, economic models, health economic and epidemiological database studies, as well as patient, physician, and key informant surveys.  Dr. Ganz has conducted publicly- and privately-funded research on health behavior decision-making as well as on the health care utilization and expenditures of special populations, including children with special health care need and has worked extensively with large representative national health surveys as well as with health insurance claims databases.  His research interests include investigating the correlates and predictors of health care utilization and expenditures among subjects with specific diseases/health conditions and among special populations such as children; policy analysis and economic evaluations of the indirect effects of non-health policies on health; investigation health status and health behaviors using health economics models and econometric methods. Dr. Ganz has experience in numerous indications such as autoimmune disorders, cardiology, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, urology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and women's health and he has published his work in leading journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Health Economics, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, and Urology.

Representative Publications 

Liao CC, Ganz ML, Jiang H, Chelmow T. The impact of the public insurance expansions on children's use of preventive dental care. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2010;14:58-66.

Ganz ML. The lifetime distribution of the incremental societal costs of autism.  Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2007;161:343-349.

Ganz ML, Xuan Z, Hunter DG. Patterns of eye care use and expenditures among children with diagnosed eye conditions. Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.2007 Journal of AAPOS;11:480-487.

Ganz ML. Xuan Z. Hunter DG. Prevalence and Correlates of Children's Diagnosed Eye and Vision Conditions. Ophthalmology 2006; 113: 2298-2306.

Ganz ML, Tendulkar SA. Mental Health Care Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs and Their Family Members:  Prevalence and Correlates of Unmet Needs.  Pediatrics. 2006;117:2138-48.