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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.

Follow me in Twitter @andresvecino

Selected publications

  • Vecino-Ortiz AI, Congote JV, Bedoya SZ, Cucunuba ZM. Impact of contact tracing on COVID-19 mortality: An impact evaluation using surveillance data from Colombia. PLOS One. 2021; 16(3): e0246987.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ? 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; 28 (4): 374-380.