Deborah A. Freund


Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (1994)
Benton Presentation
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich


Dr. Deborah A. Freund is an internationally-recognized health economist, known in particular for her research in the areas of Medicaid, health care outcomes and PharmacoEconomics, a field she is credited with founding. Most recently she led a project to recreate a new database that will be used by health insurers to pay out of network claims.

Dr. Freund was appointed President of Claremont Graduate University on November 15, 2010. Prior to moving to CGU she was a Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Economics at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and an Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics and Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University. She served as Vice Chancellor and Provost at Syracuse University (1999-2006), and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) (from 1994-99), where she was also a Professor of Public Affairs, Economics and Family Medicine. She was also assistant and associate professor of health economics at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received an A.B. in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis (1973), an M.P.H. in Medical Care Administration (1975), a M.A. in Applied Economics (1975), and a Ph.D. in Economics (1980) from the University of Michigan.

Deborah Freund has written more than 100 articles and chapters, and two books, and has been the principal investigator of grants and contracts totaling almost $100 million; she was the first non-physician to lead a federally funded Patient Outcome Research Team, which pioneered outcomes research in orthopedics, the first person to use Medicaid claims data for research purposes, and Medicare claims data for orthopedic outcomes research. She has served on the editorial boards of 11 journals and has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Stanford, London, Oxford, Australian National and Keio universities.

Dr. Freund was the recipient of the Jay A. Drotman Prize from the American Public Health Association (1981), the Kershaw Prize from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (1991) and the Trustee Award for Career Contributions from The American Hospital Association (2007).