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Andres I. Vecino-Ortiz, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2016
MSc, Universidad de los Andes, 2009
MD, Universidad Javeriana, 2005


I am a health economist working on health systems issues. My main research interest focuses on the economics of prevention of NCDs and injuries, which has allowed me to be involved in a myriad of different topics including road safety, fiscal policy for health, stress, m-Health, noncommunicable diseases, and health and workplace insurance.

Given the increasingly important role of multisectoral engagement to prevent NCDs and injuries, I have also become particularly interested in the translation of research for policy-makers. Through this work, I have produced tools to help them to prioritize and take decisions in current policy issues pertaining these two sets of conditions.

I am also an elected member to the Board of Directors of Health Systems Global for the period 2018-2022.

Selected publications

  • Vecino-Ortiz AI, Guzman-Tordecillas DN. Gun-carrying restrictions and gun-related mortality, Colombia: a difference-in-difference design with fixed effects. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2020; 98 (3). Q1
  • Vecino-Ortiz AI, Arroyo-Ariza D. A tax on sugar sweetened beverages in Colombia: Estimating the impact on overweight and obesity prevalence across socioeconomic levels. Social Science and Medicine. 2018; 209: 111-116. Q1
  • Vecino-Ortiz AI, Jafri A, Hyder AA Mortality impacts of interventions for unintentional injuries: prioritizing interventions that work for the poorest billion. The Lancet Global Health. 2018; 6 (5): e523-e534. Q1
  • James E, Saxena A, Franco Restrepo C, Llorente B, Vecino-Ortiz AI, Villar Uribe M, Iunes RF, Verguet S. Distributional health and financial benefits of increased tobacco taxes in Colombia: results from a modelling study. Tobacco Control. 2018; In press. Q1
  • Mindell JS, Moody A, Vecino-Ortiz AI, Alfaro T, Frenz P, Scholes S, Gonzalez SA, Margozzini P, de Oliveira C, Sanchez Romero LM, Alvarado A, Cabrera S, Sarmiento OL Triana CA, Barquera S. Comparison of health examination survey methods in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, England, Scotland and the USA. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2017; 186 (6): 648-658. Q1