Frank A. Sloan

Frank A. Sloan

J. Alexander McMahon Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Management

External Address: 
236 Social Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0253
(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

Ukraintseva, Svetlana, Frank Sloan, Konstantin Arbeev, and Anatoly Yashin. “Increasing rates of dementia at time of declining mortality from stroke.Stroke 37, no. 5 (May 2006): 1155–59. Full Text

Reeves, Sherman W., Frank A. Sloan, Paul P. Lee, and Glenn J. Jaffe. “Uveitis in the elderly: epidemiological data from the National Long-term Care Survey Medicare Cohort.Ophthalmology 113, no. 2 (February 2006): 307.e1. Full Text

Chung, S., A. Khwaja, and F. A. Sloan. “Learning about Individual Risk and the Decision to Smoke.” Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 32, no. 1 (January 2006).

Sloan, F. A., M. Salm, and D. Belsky. “Effects of Major Eye Diseases on Medicare Costs.” American Journal of Ophthalmology 142, no. 16 (2006): 976–82.

Ostermann, Jan, Frank A. Sloan, Leon Herndon, and Paul P. Lee. “Racial differences in glaucoma care: the longitudinal pattern of care.Arch Ophthalmol 123, no. 12 (December 2005): 1693–98. Full Text

Ostermann, Jan, Frank A. Sloan, and Donald H. Taylor. “Heavy alcohol use and marital dissolution in the USA.Social Science & Medicine (1982) 61, no. 11 (December 2005): 2304–16. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Gabriel Picone, Derek S. Brown, and Paul P. Lee. “Longitudinal analysis of the relationship between regular eye examinations and changes in visual and functional status.J Am Geriatr Soc 53, no. 11 (November 2005): 1867–74. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Jan Ostermann, Derek S. Brown, and Paul P. Lee. “Effects of changes in self-reported vision on cognitive, affective, and functional status and living arrangements among the elderly.Am J Ophthalmol 140, no. 4 (October 2005): 618–27. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., and Jingshu Wang. “Disparities among older adults in measures of cognitive function by race or ethnicity.J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 60, no. 5 (September 2005): P242–50. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Emily Streyer Carlisle, John R. Rattliff, and Justin Trogdon. “Determinants of states' allocations of the master settlement agreement payments.Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 30, no. 4 (August 2005): 643–86. Full Text