Frank A. Sloan

Frank A. Sloan

J. Alexander McMahon 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

Sloan, Frank A., Linda K. George, and Linyan Hu. “Productivity improvements in hip and knee surgery..” Arthritis 2014 (January 2014). Full Text

Zhang, Ye, and Frank A. Sloan. “Depression, Alcohol Dependence and Abuse, and Drinking and Driving Behavior..” Journal of Behavioral Health 3, no. 4 (January 2014): 212–19. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Linda K. George, and Linyan Hu. “Longer term effects of total knee arthroplasty from a national longitudinal study..” Journal of Aging and Health 25, no. 6 (September 2013): 982–97. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Lindsey M. Eldred, Tong Guo, and Yanzhi Xu. “Are People Overoptimistic about the Effects of Heavy Drinking?.” Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 47, no. 1 (August 2013): 93–127. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Lindsey M. Chepke, and Dontrell V. Davis. “Race, gender, and risk perceptions of the legal consequences of drinking and driving..” Journal of Safety Research 45 (June 2013): 117–25. Full Text

Stein, Joshua D., Brian W. Hanrahan, Grant M. Comer, and Frank A. Sloan. “Diffusion of technologies for the care of older adults with exudative age-related macular degeneration..” American Journal of Ophthalmology 155, no. 4 (April 2013): 688-696.e2. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Lindsey M. Chepke, Dontrell V. Davis, Kofi Acquah, and Phyllis Zold-Kilbourn. “Effects of admission and treatment strategies of DWI courts on offender outcomes..” Accident; Analysis and Prevention 53 (April 2013): 112–20. Full Text

Sloan, Frank Allen, Linda Kaufman George, and Linyan Hu. “Emergency room and inpatient use after cardiac pacemaker implantation..” The American Journal of Cardiology 111, no. 4 (February 2013): 563–68. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Elizabeth J. Gifford, Lindsey M. Eldred, Kofi F. Acquah, and Claire E. Blevins. “Do specialty courts achieve better outcomes for children in foster care than general courts?.” Evaluation Review 37, no. 1 (February 2013): 3–34. Full Text Open Access Copy

Sloan, F. A., A. C. Platt, L. M. Chepke, and C. E. Blevins. “Deterring domestic violence: Do criminal sanctions reduce repeat offenses?.” Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 46, no. 1 (January 18, 2013): 51–80. Full Text