Chapter Activities

ISPOR Boston Summer Event Is Going Virtual!

Join us for the next ISPOR Boston Regional Chapter Webinar. 

Title: Patient Experience Data: An Introduction to Strategic, Labeling, and Methodologic Considerations

Speakers: Dana DiBenedetti, PhD, Executive Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Assessment & Ari Gnanasakthy, MBA, MSc, Principal Scientist, RTI Health Solutions. 

 The webinar will provide a brief overview of patient experience data (PED), PED collection, its' value, and how it's being used by the FDA. Speakers will also share recent learnings/experiences in PED based on interactions with the FDA, and provide insight on future directions.

Date/Time: Monday, June 29, 2020 | 3pm-4pm EDT

Zoom Meeting Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 949 1432 5360 | Password: 716713

Webinar Title: New Pricing Policies for New Cures: Thinking about Pricing and Access in the Context of COVID-19  

Speaker: Rena Conti, PhD, Associate Professor, Markets, Public Policy and Law;  Associate Research Director, Institute for Health Systems Innovation and Policy. Boston University, Questrom School of Business 

Date: Monday, May 11, 2020

Time: 1.00PM - 2.00PM EDT 

Meeting Link 

“New Pricing Policies for New Cures: What Can We Learn From Louisiana?”

New medicines promise cure from dreadful disease, but come with increasingly hefty price tags. Patients and payers – particularly those with fixed annual budgets - are left scrambling to decide whether and who will receive treatment. The session will try to answer the question, whether new cures require new pricing policies. First, we will discuss the rationale, design, and implementation of one of the most important and innovative models to ensure access to cure currently implemented in the US - the State of Louisiana’s Hepatitis C subscription model. Second, we will comment on the widespread implications of this model and other pricing alternative initiatives with great promise to improve health, wealth, and equity.

Speaker: Rena Conti, PhD, Associate Professor, Markets, Public Policy, and Law; Associate Research Director, Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy, Boston University Questrom School of Business

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:00PM – 8:30PM

Location: 35 Landsdowne Auditorium; Takeda Pharmaceuticals, 35 Landsdowne, Cambridge, MA 02139

Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Preregistration is required for this event. Please complete this online form by Thursday, March 12, 2020.

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Chapter Announces Board Election

We are very pleased to announce the results of the recent board election for the ISPOR Boston Chapter:


Amy O’Sullivan, Vice President, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Alkermes Inc

Please join us in welcoming Amy to the ISPOR Boston Chapter board!  

Additional communication will be coming out soon with regards to our first ISPOR Boston Chapter event for the year currently planned for March 2020.

 Thank you to all who participated in the nomination process!

- The Executive Committee -


October 22, 2019

“Unambiguous Reporting and Replicability of ‘Real-World’ Evidence from ‘Real-World’ Data” 

Featured Speaker: Speaker: Shirley Wang, PhD, ScM, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:00PM – 8:30PM (check in/networking at 6:00PM; ISPOR Boston Chapter updates at  6:45PM; seminar at 7:00PM)

Location: EY Boston Office; 200 Clarendon Street, 23rd Floor; Boston, MA 02116

Transportation: Closest T stop is Back Bay Station (Orange Line). Nearby Parking Garages: 100 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116

Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

Please complete this online form by Friday, October 18. The RSVP is to allow for building registration and badging. Please note, no confirmation email will be sent.


“Career Journeys: Perspectives by Practice Setting”

ISPOR Boston’s Fall event was held September 18, 2019

Are you a Boston ISPOR member who has ever wondered what it would be like to work in a completely different practice setting? Or are you a student or new professional wanting to learn more about practice setting options and opportunities? Tthe ISPOR Boston Chapter Fall event was held on September 18, 2019. ISPOR Boston Chapter members from academia, manufacturering, payer/HTA/nontraditional, consulting, and non-HEOR or market access practice setting spoke. Each practice setting discussion was led by roundtable leaders who shared their own career journeys that led them to their current practice setting. Participants had the opportunity to participate in 3 roundtables throughout the evening.  This event was a great opportunity to reflect on career interests and meet fellow ISPOR members from the greater Boston areal

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Please feel free to share this information with other Boston-based HEOR practitioners who may be interested in joining the event. To become a member of the chapter, please complete the online form.

“Economic Dimensions of Disruptive Innovations That Change the Practice of Medicine”

ISPOR Boston Chapter Spring event was held on May 2, 2019.

Featured Speaker: Ernst Berndt, Professor of Applied Economics at MIT

To become a member of the chapter, please complete the online form.


"The Death of Statistical Significance Testing"

Date and Time: Tuesday, December 4, 2018; 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Location: Analysis Group, 111 Huntington Ave, 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02199

Featured Speaker: Kenneth Rothman, Professor, Boston University

Discussant: James Signorovitch, Managing Principal, Analysis Group

“Null hypothesis significance testing is not yet dead, but from this talk you will learn why it ought to be.  Although seemingly quantitative, significance testing amounts to degrading quantitative information into a dichotomy, based on the P-value.  This process is conducive to egregious misinterpretations of data, stemming from the mixing of two essential data descriptors, strength of relation and precision, into a single number or label.  The American Statistical Association has issued a warning against significance testing, part of a growing drumbeat to ditch this flawed method and replace it with a more insightful and reliable approach to data analysis.”


Boston Regional Chapter - Event Archive:

2nd Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine: Key issues and a worked example

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:00-8:00PM (refreshments/networking at 6:00PM; seminar at 6:30PM)
Location: Shire, 650 E Kendall St, Cambridge MA 02144

Featured Speaker: 
Peter J. Neumann, Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Director, Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, Tufts Medical Center


David D. Kim, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, Tufts Medical Center

Issa J. Dahabreh, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Brown University School of Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 24 using the form below. The RSVP is to allow for building registration and badging. Since space is limited, please email with cancellations to ensure that everyone who would like to attend can.

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-- The Executive Committee –
Brian Rittenhouse, PhD (MCPHS University) Lisa Meckley, PhD (Shire)
Paige Lin, PhD (Tufts Medical Center) Matt Sussman, MA (Boston Health Economics)
Parashar Patel, MPA (Boston Scientific) Julie Locklear, MBA, PharmD (EMD Serono)



"Heterogeneity of Treatment Effect and Implications for Clinical Trial Design and Analysis"

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:00-7:30PMIt was great to see many of you at the ISPOR 22nd Annual International Meeting in Boston! Now that our ISPOR Boston Regional Chapter is official, we would like to invite you to the inaugural event on June 21st.  This will be a great opportunity to network, meet members from the greater Boston area, and participate in a discussion of treatment heterogeneity in clinical trials. RSVP here: and Time: Wednesday, June 21st, 6:00-7:30PM (refreshments/networking at 6:00PM; seminar at 6:30PM) Location: Tufts Dental School, 1 Kneeland Street, Room 1414, Boston, MA 02111 Speaker: David Kent, MD, MS, Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Director, Predictive Analytics and Comparative Effectiveness (PACE) Center, Tufts Medical Center Light refreshments will be provided.Seating is limited; please only RSVP if you plan to attend.  We will close registration when we reach capacity.Check out our activities at: our LinkedIn Group to stay connected.Please feel free to forward this email along to other Boston-based HEOR practitioners who may be interested in joining the ISPOR Boston Regional Chapter.



ISPOR's Annual International Meeting In Boston

  • Learn about different and innovative applications in the conduct and use of HEOR.
  • Engage with recognized global experts in the field.
  • Network with colleagues, collaborators, and clients
  • Share your research and ideas with other ISPOR members in an open and objective environment.
  • Stay current on emerging trends in health care
  • Advance your career by being and active participant in ISPOR events (i.e., attend an ISPOR Short Course program or In-Person Training, present a poster, network with world-renowned leaders in HEOR).

First Plenary Session:

Where is U.S. Health Policy Going?

Monday, May 22, 2017 – 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Second Plenary Session:

Social Network Interventions and Population Health

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM 


Third Plenary Session:

When Do We Really Need Randomized Controlled Trials?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM


For The Full Schedule Of Events:

Access Released Presentations: 


"Aligning Drug/Device Prices and Benefits: A Novel Framework for Examining Questions of Comparative Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Affordability"

Date: March 28, 2016

Speaker: Dan Ollendorf, PhD,Chief Scientific Officer, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER)

Josh Cohen, PhD,  Deputy Director and Associate Professor, Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center; 
Joe Menzin, PhD, President, Boston Health Economics

Sponsor/Location: The Analysis Group (111 Huntington Ave, Boston)

Attendance: Approximately 100



Adaptive Pathways - What's in it for Payers?

Date: September 24, 2015

Speaker: Mark Trusheim, MS (visiting scientist at MIT’s Sloan School of Management)

Keith Flaherty, MD (Director, Henri and Belinda Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies, MGH Cancer Center)
Mohan Bala, PhD, MBA (VP, Health Economics Outcomes Research, Sanofi)

Sponsor/Location: Biogen (Cambridge-Kendall Square):  225 Binney Street, Cambridge

Attendance: approximately 100



The Value of Specialty Drugs

Date and Time: Monday, April 27, 2015, 6:00-8:00PM

Speaker: James Chambers, PhD (Tufts Medical Center)

Peter Neumann, ScD (Tufts Medical Center)
Chris Leibman, PharmD, MS, (VP, GMAx-HEOR, Biogen)

Sponsor/Location: Biogen (Cambridge-Kendall Square):  225 Binney Street, Cambridge 

Attendance: approximately 100


Contact Information

Boston Regional Chapter Office


Chapter Leadership


Ajibade Ashaye, MD, MBA, MPH, MSc


Amy O’Sullivan, PhD

Past PresidentLisa Meckley, PhD


Josephine Li-McLeod, RPh, PhD
DirectorNicole Benjamin Johnson, BS

Noam Yair Kirson, PhD


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Annual Reports

  • Annual Report 2018


Chapter President, Brian Rittenhouse introduces speaker at recent event

Networking during a recent Boston Chapter meeting

Panelists, Mohan Bala, M. Trusheim, Keith Flaherty

Panelists, Mohan Bala, M. Trusheim, Keith Flaherty


Chapter President, Brian Rittenhouse introduces speaker at recent event

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