Margaret L. Brandeau

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Margaret L. Brandeau, PhD

  • Coleman F. Fung Professor of Engineering
  • Professor of Medicine (by courtesy)
  • Professor, Health Policy (by courtesy)

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

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


Margaret Brandeau is the Coleman F. Fung Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford and a Professor of Medicine (by courtesy) at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the development of applied mathematical and economic models to support health policy decisions.

She has published cost-effectiveness analyses of a variety of HIV and drug-abuse interventions including methadone maintenance, buprenorphine maintenance, HIV testing and counseling programs targeted to women of childbearing age, and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis for key populations. 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 four 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 also worked in the area of bioterrorism preparedness planning, and on hepatitis B prevention and control.

She is a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and a member of the Omega Rho International Honor Society for Operations Research and Management Science. From INFORMS she has received the President’s Award (recognizing important contributions to the welfare of society), the Pierskalla Prize (for research excellence in health care management science), the Philip McCord Morse Lectureship Award, and the Award for the Advancement of Women in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. She has also received the Award for Excellence in Application of Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, among other awards.  Professor Brandeau earned a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Operations Research from MIT, and a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.