Sherry Merkur is a Research Fellow and Health Policy Analyst at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies based at the LSE. She is Editor-in-Chief of Eurohealth, the quarterly journal that provides a forum for researchers, policymakers and experts to contribute to a constructive debate on health policy in Europe. Her current research focuses on comparative health systems and policies. Sherry’s previous research and project leadership has covered a range of important health policy areas including: the future of hospitals, person-centered care, quality of care, physician revalidation, pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement, and EU regulation and law. Sherry has undertaken project work for ministries of health, social security institutions, the European Commission and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is Technical Lead of Analysis for the COVID-19 Health System Reform Monitor (HSRM), which is a joint initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Commission and the European Observatory.
Sherry writes and edits health system profiles (HiTs) and provides updates to the Health Systems and Policy Monitor (HSPM). She has expertise on health systems in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Israel, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Sherry worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe to present the economic case for promoting health and preventing non-communicable diseases (2015).
She has recently published two books with Cambridge University Press: The Changing Role of the Hospital in European Health Systems (2020) and Achieving Person-Centred Health Systems: Evidence, Strategies and Challenges (2020). Sherry holds an MSc (with Distinction) in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a dissertation investigating the European Over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical market. Prior to this, she earned a BSc in Physiology and Management from McGill University (Canada). Her previous work experience has involved conducting medical research and working in the financial services industry.