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Louis W. Niessen, MD

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Louis Niessen

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PhD, Erasmus University, 2002
MSc, Vrije University, 1992
MSc, London Schools of Economics & Political Sciences, 1987
MD, Erasmus University, 1981



Prof Niessen leads quantitative evaluation research on effectiveness, efficiency & equity of clinical, public health, and health systems interventions in support of policy making and program implementation.

He was awarded a Chair in Health Economics at the University of Warwick, UK and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Earlier he was the Director of the NIH-funded Centre for Control of Chronic Diseases, at icddrb, Bangladesh. Prof Niessen wrote his doctorate in health economics and demographic modeling describing disease occurence over a lifetime, in 2002. He is a registered epidemiologist and a registrar in public health.  

Honors and Awards

Member NHLBI, NIH / UHG network on chronic diseases; Founder Member, Netherlands Platform Global Health Policy & Health Systems Research, 2005-2009; Board President, Society Tropical Medicine & International Health, 2002-2007, Netherlands; Vice-Chair 5th European Conference Tropical Medicine & International Health, 2007; (Executive) Board Member, Erasmus Medical Centre, until 2003.

  • Effectiveness
  • equity
  • efficiency
  • health systems
  • chronic diseases
  • chronic conditions
  • public health
  • health economics
  • epidemioloy
  • modeling
  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • lung diseases
  • childhood infectious diseases
  • International health
  • WHO
  • Worldbank
  • Europe
  • Peru
  • Tanzania
  • South-Africa
  • Asia
  • Nepal
  • India
  • China
  • Cambodia
  • Bangladesh

Recent selected publications

  • Dirks M, Baeten SA, Dippel D, Exel NJA, Wijngaarden JDA, Koudstaal PJ, Niessen LW: Real-life costs and effects of an implementation program to increase thrombolysis in stroke. Neurology. 2012 Aug 7;79(6):508-514.

  • Shariful Islam SM, Lechner A, Ferrari U, Froeschl G, Niessen LW, Alam DS. Social and economic impact of diabetics in Bangladesh: protocol for a case-control study. BMC Public Health. 2013 Dec 21;13(1)

  • Ekdom van L, Stenberg K, Scherpbier RW, Niessen LW; Study Group for Child Health Cost Validation.Global cost of child survival: estimates from country-level validation. Bull World Health Organ. 2011 Apr 1;89(4):267-77

    Mirelman A, Mentzakis M, Kinter  E, Ferraz Bosi M, Paoluci F, Fordham R, Baltussen R, Niessen LW: Decision making among national policy makers: eliciting relative preferences for equity and efficiency in six countries. Value in Health. 2012. May;15(3):534-9.

  • Slingerland AS, Herman WH, Redekop WK, Dijkstra RF, Jukema JW, Niessen LW:Stratified patient-centered care in type 2 diabetes: a cluster-randomized, controlled clinical trial of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.Diabetes Care. 2013 Oct;36(10):3054-61