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Margaret L. Brandeau

Margaret L. Brandeau, PhD

Coleman F. Fung Professor of Engineering
Professor of Medicine (by Courtesy)
Stanford Health Policy Fellow

Department of Management Science and Engineering
Stanford University
Huang Building, #262
Stanford, CA 94305-4026

(650) 725-1623 (voice)
(650) 723-1614 (fax)

Research Interests

application of mathematical models and management science techniques to health policy problems; bioterrorism preparedness planning


Margaret Brandeau is Coleman F. Fung Professor of Engineering at Stanford, Professor of Medicine (by Courtesy), and a CHP/PCOR faculty fellow. She is an operations researcher and policy analyst with an extensive background in the development of applied mathematical and economic models, and a distinguished investigator in HIV. Her HIV research, funded for many years by the State of California University-wide AIDS Research Program and by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has focused on using mathematical and economic models to assess the value of different HIV and drug abuse interventions.

Brandeau has published cost-effectiveness analyses of a variety of HIV and drug-abuse interventions including methadone maintenance, buprenorphine maintenance, HIV screening of pregnant women and newborns, HIV testing and counseling programs targeted to women of childbearing age, and expansion of HIV treatment in Russia and Eastern Europe. She has also published a number of studies on effective allocation of HIV prevention resources. In addition, she co-edited the books Operations Research and Health Care: A Handbook of Methods and Applications (with Francois Sainfort and William Pierskalla, Kluwer Publishers, 2004) and Modeling the AIDS Epidemic: Planning, Policy, and Prediction (with Edward Kaplan, Raven Press, 1994). She has been a Principal Investigator and co-Principal Investigator on three sequential five-year NIDA-funded projects entitled "AIDS and Drug Abuse: Policy Modeling for Better Decisions" that have led to numerous publications and presentations. Recently she has worked in the area of bioterrorism preparedness planning, and on hepatitis B prevention and control.

Professor Brandeau was awarded a 1988 Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation; the 2001 Pierskalla Prize from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) for research excellence in health care; the 2008 President's Award from INFORMS for important contributions to the welfare of society; the Best Paper Award from the Society for Computer Simulation; the Eugene L. Grant Teaching Award from the Stanford School of Engineering; and the Graduate Teaching Award from the Stanford Department of Management Science and Engineering. She is a fellow of INFORMS.  She received her BS in Mathematics and MS in Operations Research from MIT, and her PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford.

Stanford Affiliations

Management Science and Engineering