Professor Elias Mossialos


Head of Department and Professor of Health Policy, Department of Health Policy

Elias Mossialos

Elias Mossialos is Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy within the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Director of LSE Health. He is also Professor of Health Policy and Management and Co-Director of the Centre for Health Policy at Imperial College London.

His research interests concentrate on health systems and policy, addressing questions related to funding health care, private health insurance, pharmaceutical policies, the impact of EU law on health care systems, cancer care and policy and antibiotics. His work has been translated into Japanese, Russian, Greek and Spanish. He has more than 200 publications, including books, book chapters and articles in peer-review journals in the fields of public policy, health policy and economics and political science.

He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH) and Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, and Honorary NHS Consultant in Public Health (South East London NHS Strategic Health Authority).

He is a Visiting Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, Affiliate Professor at Imperial College Business School and Honorary Professor at the University of Copenhagen, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique in France. Professor Mossialos is a member of ASPHER's Honours Committee, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) European Advisory Committee on Health Research and the Health, Demographic Change and Well-being Advisory Group for the Horizon 2020 Research Programme of the European Commission.

In 2010 he was awarded the Andrija Stampar medal by the Association of Schools of Public Health in Europe (ASPHER) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), for contributions to European public health. He received the 2002 and 2007 Baxter Awards from the European Health Management Association for the best publication in health policy and management in Europe and a Commended Prize in the 2002 BMA Medical Book Competition. In 2009, under his directorship, LSE Health and Social Care was honoured with the biennial Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The Prize recognises outstanding achievement and excellence in UK universities and colleges and sits within the national honours system.

He has advised the WHO, European Parliament, European Commission (EC), World Bank, UK Office of Fair Trading, Ministries of Health and Social Affairs in Belgium, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and Sweden, and health insurance funds in Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary and South Korea. He was a member of the management board of the European Medicines Agency (2000-2003) and the board of the Hellenic National Medicines Agency (2000-2002) and contributed to the International Forum on 'Common access to health care services' co-ordinated by the health ministers of Sweden, the UK and New Zealand.

In 1996 Professor Mossialos founded LSE Health, currently LSE's largest research centre with 60 staff working on a wide range of research, combining technical competence with policy mindedness. The Centre also fosters the training of young researchers and funds several doctoral and post-doctoral students; since 2004, the Centre has contributed more than £1.5 million of its own funds to support its PhD students. In 2009 the LSE's Research Committee highlighted the Centre's PhD programme and postdoctoral support systems as “exemplary”.

In 1998, Professor Mossialos co-founded the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, a major health policy research and knowledge transfer programme. The Observatory is a partnership between the World Health Organization (Regional Office for Europe), the European Commission, the World Bank, the Governments of Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the French National Health Insurance Fund (Caisse nationale de l'assurance maladie des travailleurs salariés), the Veneto Region of Italy, LSE and LSHTM. He is currently Co-Director of the Observatory. 

Professor Mossialos is associate editor (health policy) of the Journal Health Systems and Reform and of the European Heart Journal - Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes. In 1995 he founded Eurohealth, a quarterly health policy journal bridging academic scholarship and policy-making, and since 1998 has been editor in chief of the Health Systems in Transition reviews published by the WHO.

Professor Mossialos established the MSc in International Health Policy at LSE in 1999, which has attracted high quality students from more than 90 countries, and in 2009 a modular MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management, Europe's only modular MSc in the field, directed at mid-career professionals who lack the flexibility to participate in a traditional MSc programme. In 2014, in cooperation with the European Society of Cardiology, he established a modular MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management. In 2014 he also established an interdisciplinary MSc in Global Health. He is planning to launch a dual executive Master programme in Global Health Policy in cooperation with the University of Chicago in 2018.


Expertise: antibiotics; cancer care and policy; European health policies; health systems and policy; funding health care; pharmaceutical policies; private health insurance