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

Sloan, Frank A., Mark N. Feinglos, and Daniel S. Grossman. “Receipt of care and reduction of lower extremity amputations in a nationally representative sample of U.S. Elderly.Health Services Research 45, no. 6 Pt 1 (December 2010): 1740–62. Full Text

Picone, Gabriel, Joe MacDougald, Frank Sloan, Alyssa Platt, and Stefan Kertesz. “The effects of residential proximity to bars on alcohol consumption.International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics 10, no. 4 (December 2010): 347–67. Full Text

Lee, Michael S., Andrew R. Harrison, Daniel S. Grossman, and Frank A. Sloan. “Risk of glaucoma among patients with benign essential blepharospasm.Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 26, no. 6 (November 2010): 434–37. Full Text

Day, Shelley, Daniel S. Grossman, Prithvi Mruthyunjaya, Frank A. Sloan, and Paul P. Lee. “One-year outcomes after retinal detachment surgery among medicare beneficiaries.Am J Ophthalmol 150, no. 3 (September 2010): 338–45. Full Text

Platt, Alyssa, Frank A. Sloan, and Philip Costanzo. “Alcohol-consumption trajectories and associated characteristics among adults older than age 50.Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 71, no. 2 (March 2010): 169–79. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Padmaja Ayyagari, Martin Salm, and Daniel Grossman. “The longevity gap between Black and White men in the United States at the beginning and end of the 20th century.American Journal of Public Health 100, no. 2 (February 2010): 357–63. Full Text

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