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Professor Steve Birch to retire

29 Jan 2018

Steve Birch, one of CHEPA’s long-time faculty members, “has left the building” and will officially retire on March 31, 2018.

A professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University, Steve received his doctorate in economics at the University of York in the United Kingdom and joined McMaster and CHEPA in September, 1988.

Steve has won many awards and accolades and has hundreds of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In the 2011 World Bank rankings of health economics researchers, he was ranked equal 1st in Canada and equal 35th in the world based on the volume and impact of his publications.

He says he is proudest of his collaborations with people, both colleagues and students. Most prominent among them were Amiram Gafni and John Eyles at McMaster; Jim Leake and Don Lewis at the University of Toronto; Gail Tomblin Murphy at Dalhousie University; Jane Hall at University of Technology, Sydney; Alan Maynard at the University of York, UK, and Matt Sutton, Martin Tickle and Paul Brocklehurst at the University of Manchester.

Steve says his retirement plans remain fluid but he expects to remain involved in health economics research “in one form or another."

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