Frank A. Sloan

J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management

External Address: 
236 Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097
(919) 613-9358

Professor Sloan is interested in studying the subjects of health policy and the economics of aging, hospitals, health, pharmaceuticals, and substance abuse. He has received funding from numerous research grants that he earned for studies of which he was the principal investigator. His most recent grants were awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Disease Control, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the National Institute on Aging. Titles of his projects include, “Why Mature Smokers Do Not Quit,” “Legal and Economic Vulnerabilities of the Master Settlement Agreement,” “Determinants and Cost of Alcohol Abuse Among the Elderly and Near-elderly,” and “Reinsurance Markets and Public Policy.” He received the Investigator Award for his work on the project, “Reoccurring Crises in Medical Malpractice.” Some of his earlier works include the studies entitled, “Policies to Attract Nurses to Underserved Areas,” “The Impact of National Economic Conditions on the Health Care of the Poor-Access,” and “Analysis of Physician Price and Output Decisions.” Professor Sloan’s latest research continues to investigate the trends and repercussions of medical malpractice, physician behavior, and hospital behavior.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1969

Akushevich, I, Yashkin, AP, Kravchenko, J, Fang, F, Arbeev, K, Sloan, F, and Yashin, AI. "Theory of partitioning of disease prevalence and mortality in observational data." Theoretical population biology 114 (April 2017): 117-127. Full Text

Abdelgadir, J, Tran, T, Muhindo, A, Obiga, D, Mukasa, J, Ssenyonjo, H, Muhumza, M, Kiryabwire, J, Haglund, MM, and Sloan, FA. "Estimating the Cost of Neurosurgical Procedures in a Low-income Setting: An Observational Economic Analysis." World neurosurgery (February 16, 2017). Full Text

Sloan, FA, McCutchan, SA, and Eldred, LM. "Alcohol-Impaired Driving and Perceived Risks of Legal Consequences." Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research 41, no. 2 (February 2017): 432-442. Full Text

Robinson, PA, Sloan, FA, and Eldred, LM. "A DVANTAGEOUS S ELECTION , M ORAL H AZARD , AND I NSURER S ORTING ON R ISK IN THE U.S. A UTOMOBILE I NSURANCE M ARKET ." Journal of Risk and Insurance (November 2016). Full Text

Sloan, F, Eldred, L, McCutchan, S, and Platt, A. "Deterring Rearrests for Drinking and Driving." Southern Economic Journal 83, no. 2 (October 2016): 416-436. Full Text

Hickson, GB, Clayton, EW, Entman, SS, Miller, CS, Githens, PB, Whetten-Goldstein, K, and Sloan, FA. "Obstetricians' Prior Malpractice Experience and Patients' Satisfaction With Care." Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey 50, no. 5 (May 1995): 351-353. Full Text

Hickson, GB, Clayton, EW, Githens, PB, and Sloan, FA. "Factors that prompted families to file medical malpractice claims following perinatal injuries." JAMA 267, no. 10 (March 1992): 1359-1363. Full Text

Sloan, FA, Mergenhagen, PM, Burfield, WB, Bovbjerg, RR, and Hassan, M. "Medical malpractice experience of physicians. Predictable or haphazard?." JAMA 262, no. 23 (December 1989): 3291-3297. Full Text

Sloan, FA, Perrin, JM, and Valvona, J. "The teaching hospital's growing surgical caseload." JAMA 254, no. 3 (July 1985): 376-382. Full Text

Sloan, FA. "State Discretion in Ftderal Categorical Assistance Programs: the Case of Medicaid." Public Finance Review 12, no. 3 (July 1, 1984): 321-346. Full Text


The Intergeneration Effects of Criminal Justice Policies on Substance Use Crimes awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

Duke KURe Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2013 to 2018

American Journal of Health Economics awarded by American Society of Health Economists (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018

The Intergenerational Effects of the Criminal Justice System on Children's Health awarded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2002 to 2017

Visual Impairment, Treatment and Effects on the Elderly awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2016

Deterring Drunk Driving: Beliefs, Preferences, Outcomes, and Welfare Implications awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2016

Effects of drug treatment courts on outcomes of adults and their children awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2016

Reducing Child Maltreatment Using Legal Interventions awarded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

Public Health Law and Child Abuse Prevention awarded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013