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

Gifford, Elizabeth J., Frank A. Sloan, Lindsey M. Eldred, and Kelly E. Evans. “Intergenerational effects of parental substance-related convictions and adult drug treatment court participation on children's school performance.The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 85, no. 5 (September 2015): 452–68. Full Text Open Access Copy

Sloan, Frank A., and Lindsey M. Eldred. “Do preferences of drinker-drivers differ?International Journal of Health Economics and Management 15, no. 2 (June 2015): 241–68. Full Text

Abel, Anne S., Arseniy P. Yashkin, Frank A. Sloan, and Michael S. Lee. “Effect of diabetes mellitus on giant cell arteritis.Journal of Neuro Ophthalmology : The Official Journal of the North American Neuro Ophthalmology Society 35, no. 2 (June 2015): 134–38. Full Text Open Access Copy

Sloan, F. A. “Editorial.” American Journal of Health Economics 1, no. 1 (January 1, 2015). Full Text

Gray, Natallia, Gabriel Picone, Frank Sloan, and Arseniy Yashkin. “Relation between BMI and diabetes mellitus and its complications among US older adults.Southern Medical Journal 108, no. 1 (January 2015): 29–36. Full Text Open Access Copy

Lin, Wanchuan, and Frank Sloan. “Risk perceptions and smoking decisions of adult Chinese men.Journal of Health Economics 39 (January 2015): 60–73. Full Text

Pauly, Mark V., Frank A. Sloan, and Sean D. Sullivan. “An economic framework for preventive care advice.Health Affairs (Project Hope) 33, no. 11 (November 2014): 2034–40. Full Text

Gifford, Elizabeth Joanne, Lindsey Morgan Eldred, Allison Vernerey, and Frank Allen Sloan. “How does family drug treatment court participation affect child welfare outcomes?Child Abuse & Neglect 38, no. 10 (October 2014): 1659–70. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gifford, Elizabeth J., Lindsey M. Eldred, Sabrina A. McCutchan, and Frank A. Sloan. “The effects of participation level on recidivism: a study of drug treatment courts using propensity score matching.Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 9 (September 24, 2014): 40. Full Text Open Access Copy