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Abraham Flaxman, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. He is the research lead for the Computational Algorithms research team. Dr Flaxman is the primary architect of a software tool known as DisMod-MR that IHME is using to estimate the Global Burden of Disease. He and other researchers use the tool to fill in gaps in incomplete data on stroke, malaria, depression, and other diseases from government records and surveys and to correct for inconsistencies.

Prior to being named assistant professor, Dr. Flaxman was a Post-Graduate Fellow at IHME. He previously was a post-doctoral fellow at Microsoft Research.

Originally from Evanston, IL, Dr. Flaxman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006.

Dr. Flaxman has written his popular blog, http://healthyalgorithms.com, since 2008. His posts cover mathematics, computer science, and his research at IHME.

  • PhD (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • BS (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Country Affiliations 
Health Topics 
  • Causes of Death
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Outcomes
  • Malaria
  • Metrics and Evaluation
  • Mortality

Murray CJ, Richards MA, Newton JN, Fenton KA, Anderson HR, Atkinson C, Bennett D, Bernabé E, Blencowe H, Bourne R, Braithwaite T, Brayne C, Bruce NG, Brugha TS, Burney P, Dherani M, Dolk H, Edmond K, Ezzati M, Flaxman AD, et al. UK health performance: findings of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 2013 Mar 23;381(9871):997-1020. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60355-4. Epub 2013 Mar 5. PMID:23668584.

Vos T, Flaxman AD, et al. Years lived with disability (YLDs) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 2012 Dec 15;380(9859):2163-96. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61729-2. PMID:23245607.

Lim SS, Vos T, Flaxman AD, et al. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 2012 Dec 15;380(9859):2224-60. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61766-8. PMID:23245609.

Murray CJL, Lopez AD, Black R, Ahuja R, Ali SM, Baqui A, Dandona L, Dantzer E, Das V, Dhingra U, Dutta A, Fawzi W, Flaxman AD, Gomez S, Hernandez B, Joshi R, Kalter H, Kumar A, Kumar V, Lozano R, Lucero M, Mehta S, Neal B, Ohno SL, Prasad R, Praveen D, Premji Z, Ramirez-Villalobos D, Remolador H, Riley I, Romero M, Said M, Sanvictores D, Sazawal S, Tallo V. Population Health Metrics Research Consortium gold standard verbal autopsy validation study: design, implementation, and development of analysis datasets. Population Health Metrics. 2011; 9:27.

Murray CJL, Lozano R, Flaxman AD, Vahdatpour A, Lopez AD. Robust metrics for assessing the performance of different verbal autopsy cause assignment methods in validation studies. Population Health Metrics. 2011; 9:28.

Flaxman AD, Vahdatpour A, Green S, James SL, Murray CJL, the Population Health Metrics Research Consortium (PHMRC). Random Forests for verbal autopsy analysis: multisite validation study using clinical diagnostic gold standards. Population Health Metrics. 2011; 9:29.

Flaxman AD, Fullman N, Otten MW Jr., Menon M, Cibulskis RE, Ng M, Murray CJL, Lim SS. Rapid scaling-up of insecticide-treated bed net coverage in Africa and its relationship with development assistance for health: A systematic synthesis of supply, distribution, and household survey data. PLoS Medicine. 2010 August 17; 7(8): e1000328.

Andersen R, Borgs C, Chayes J, Feige U, Flaxman AD, Kalai A, Mirrokni V, Tennenholtz M. Trust-based recommendation systems: an axiomatic approach. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on World Wide Web. 2008;199-208.

Flaxman AD. A Spectral Technique for Random Satisfiable 3CNF Formulas. Random Structures and Algorithms. 2008; 32(4):519-534.

Yu H, Kaminsky M, Gibbons PB, Flaxman AD. Defending Against Sybil Attacks via Social Networks. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. 2008; 16(3):576-589.

Andersen R, Borgs C, Chayes J, Feige U, Flaxman AD, Kalai A, Mirrokni V, Tennenholtz M. Trust-based Recommendation Systems: An Axiomatic Approach. Proc. of the 17th International Conference on World Wide Web. 2008; 199-208.

Flaxman AD, Frieze AM, Vera J. A Geometric Preferential Attachment Model of Networks II. Internet Mathematics. 2007; 4(1):87-111.

Flaxman AD, Vera J. Bias Reduction in Traceroute Sampling: Towards a More Accurate Map of the Internet. Proc. of the 5th International Workshop on Algorithms and Models for the Web-Graph (WAW). 2007; 1-15.

Flaxman AD, Hoory S. Maximum Matchings in Regular Graphs of High Girth. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics. 2007; 14(1):N1.

Flaxman AD. Expansion and Lack Thereof in Perturbed Random Graphs. Internet Mathematics. 2007; 4(2-3):131-147.