Mark W. Smith

Mark W. Smith, PhD

Health Economist at Truven Health Analytics
Adjunct Affiliate at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research

Truven Health Analytics
7700 Old Georgetown Rd, Ste 650
Bethesda, MD 20814

301-547-4395 (voice)

Research Interests

quality measurement in health care; health services research; health treatment and outcomes of veterans; cost-effectiveness of health interventions; use and cost of mental health and substance abuse services


Health Economist Mark Smith is a Director in the Federal Division of Truven Health Analytics and a Stanford Health Policy Adjunct Affiliate. From 2001-2011 he was an economist at VA Palo Alto. His research focuses primarily on quality measurement, mental health and substance abuse, and economic analyses.  He led a Truven Health team that collaborated with Stanford Health Policy and others to develop health care quality indicators based on emergency department services. International projects have included implementation of health care quality measurement in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and determining predictors of sustainability in water-quality improvement projects in Nicaragua.  He earned a B.A. at Oberlin College and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees at Yale University, all in economics.