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., Patrick S. Malone, Stefan G. Kertesz, Yang Wang, and Philip R. Costanzo. “Racial differences in the relationship between alcohol consumption in early adulthood and occupational attainment at midlife..” American Journal of Public Health 99, no. 12 (December 2009): 2261–67. Full Text

Stein, Joshua D., David N. Zacks, Daniel Grossman, Hilary Grabe, Mark W. Johnson, and Frank A. Sloan. “Adverse events after pars plana vitrectomy among medicare beneficiaries..” Archives of Ophthalmology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960) 127, no. 12 (December 2009): 1656–63. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Daniel S. Grossman, and Paul P. Lee. “Effects of receipt of guideline-recommended care on onset of diabetic retinopathy and its progression..” Ophthalmology 116, no. 8 (August 2009): 1515-1521.e3. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., David Ruiz, and Alyssa Platt. “Changes in functional status among persons over age sixty-five undergoing total knee arthroplasty..” Medical Care 47, no. 7 (July 2009): 742–48. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., and John H. Shadle. “Is there empirical evidence for "Defensive Medicine"? A reassessment..” Journal of Health Economics 28, no. 2 (March 2009): 481–91. Full Text

Sloan, F. A., A. Khwaja, D. Silverman, and Y. Wang. “Are Smokers Misinformed?.” Journal of Health Economics 28, no. 2 (March 2009): 385–97.

Wysong, Ashley, Paul P. Lee, and Frank A. Sloan. “Longitudinal incidence of adverse outcomes of age-related macular degeneration..” Archives of Ophthalmology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960) 127, no. 3 (March 2009): 320–27. Full Text

Khwaja, A., F. Sloan, and Y. Wang. “Do smokers value their health and longevity less?.” Journal of Law and Economics 52, no. 1 (February 1, 2009): 171–96. Full Text

Shea, Alisa M., Lesley H. Curtis, Bradley G. Hammill, Jonathan W. Kowalski, Arliene Ravelo, Paul P. Lee, Frank A. Sloan, and Kevin A. Schulman. “Resource use and costs associated with diabetic macular edema in elderly persons..” Arch Ophthalmol 126, no. 12 (December 2008): 1748–54. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Daniel Belsky, David Ruiz, and Paul Lee. “Changes in incidence of diabetes mellitus-related eye disease among US elderly persons, 1994-2005..” Arch Ophthalmol 126, no. 11 (November 2008): 1548–53. Full Text