Newsmaker: Mark Roberts
Noteworthy: Received the Career Achievement Award from the Society for Medical Decision Making
Residence: Squirrel Hill
Family: Wife, Eileen; sons, Benjamin Linkow and Matthew Roberts; daughter, Kate
Background: Roberts is a professor and chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, where he devises mathematical models to assess the impact of medical decisions. He has been a member of the Society for Medical Decision Making since 1984, served as its president from 2008 to 2009 and has held other leadership roles with the organization. He joined the faculty of Pitt School of Medicine in 1993 and has held the chair of Pitt Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management since 2010.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, Harvard College, 1977; M.P.P. in public policy and health policy, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1984; M.D., Tufts University, 1984
Quote: “I’ve bounced around a lot. My father used to say, ‘Mark studies decision sciences because he can’t make them.’ But he has always been very supportive.”