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Gillian Denise Sanders Schmidler

Professor in Population Health Sciences
Population Health Sciences
Duke Box 3485, Durham, NC 27710
200 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27710


Areas of expertise: Clinical Decision Sciences, Health Services Research, and Health Policy

Gillian Sanders-Schmidler, PhD, is Professor of Population Health Sciences and Medicine at Duke University and Deputy Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. She served as Director of Duke’s Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) from 2009 through 2020. Dr. Sanders-Schmidler received her PhD in Medical Informatics from Stanford and was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford’s Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research from 1998 until the fall of 2003 when she joined the faculty at Duke University. In addition to her leadership role within the Duke-Margolis Center, she is core faculty within the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Sanders-Schmidler’s research focuses on the development of evidence-based decision models to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of alternative prevention, treatment, and management strategies for chronic diseases – and the translation of such models into formats/tools that patients, healthcare providers, and policymakers can use in their decision-making process. Dr. Sanders-Schmidler is Past President of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) and she co-chaired the Second Panel on Cost Effectiveness in Health and Medicine.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2017 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute · 2003 - Present Duke Clinical Research Institute, Institutes and Centers
Executive Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy · 2019 - Present Duke-Margolis Institute for Health Policy, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications

Stanford University · 1998 Ph.D.