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Christopher J.L. Murray

Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Christopher J.L. Murray, MD, DPhil, is the Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington. A physician and health economist, Dr. Murray is considered a founder of modern population health measurement. His work has helped shape health policies around the world. Dr. Murray co-created the Global Burden of Disease concept as a professor at Harvard University and led the coordination of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, the most comprehensive assessment to date of levels and trends in health worldwide. He helped launch the Harvard Institute for Global Health as its first director. As Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s Evidence and Information for Policy Cluster, he pioneered the groundbreaking World Health Report 2000. Dr. Murray’s work has been cited more than 50,000 times. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees and a medical degree from Harvard University and a DPhil from Oxford University. Dr. Murray’s honors include selection as a Rhodes Scholar and election to the Institute of Medicine.