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Professor, Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Health Services

Education & Training

  • MD, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA (1990)
  • Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1990–1993)
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA (1994)
  • Chief Residency in Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA (1994–1995)


  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (2008)
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation (2006)
  • Howard Temin Career Development Award, National Cancer Institute (1997)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Support Award (1996)
  • Robert H. Williams Award (1995)
  • Cecile Lehman Mayer Research Award Recipient (1994)
  • General Internal Medicine Fellowship, UW VA (1993–1994)
  • John and Oral Sebelin Award, Outstanding Student in Internal Medicine (1990)
  • University Research Foundation Support Grant (1989)
  • Dean's Scholarship, Wharton School (1987)
  • University of Iowa Certificate of Achievement (1983)
  • E. Lester Williams Scholarship (1983)
  • Chester A. Phillips Scholarship (1982)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (1982)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (1982)
  • Phi Eta Sigma (1980)
  • University of Iowa Merit Award (1980)

clinical interests

  • Colon cancer screening
  • Diabetes care
  • Emphysema care


Dr. Scott Ramsey is a physician, cancer researcher, and health economist. He co-directs the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR). The institute aims to reduce the economic and human burden of cancer by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of cancer care. Dr. Ramsey’s research focuses on cancer outcomes, health care delivery, and economic evaluations of new and existing cancer screening and treatment technologies. He also explores methods for engaging a diverse range of stakeholders to help inform how research studies are prioritized and designed. He designs and conducts studies that weigh the costs and benefits of various treatment and screening approaches. Findings from such studies support medical decision-making and help payers, patients, and health systems maximize health value. Dr. Ramsey’s studies have identified financial stress, also known as “financial toxicity,” as a side effect of cancer treatment. He has shown that people diagnosed with cancer are 2.5 times more likely to declare bankruptcy, and those who do so face an 80 percent higher risk of dying than those who don’t declare bankruptcy