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Christopher S. Hollenbeak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Surgery and Health Evaluation Sciences        

Academic Degrees   
Ph.D., Economics, Washington University,St. Louis
M.S., Economics, Washington University, St. Louis
B.S., Economics, Brigham Young University, Provo        

Departmental Affiliations   
Health Evaluation Sciences
Health Policy and Administration

Departmental Address
Penn State College of Medicine
600 Centerview Drive, A210
Hershey, PA 17033
Christopher S. Hollenbeak, Ph.D.


Dr. Hollenbeak is a Health Economist with broad interests in health services and outcomes research, and whose research is at the nexus of surgery and economics.  In previous research he estimated the impact of the competive landscape on the listing practice of heart transplant centers, simulated modifications to the kidney allocation mechanism, and studied the cost-effectiveness of diagnostic imaging in head and neck cancer.  His research appears in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Statistics in Medicine, Cancer, Transplantation, and Pharmacoeconomics.   Dr. Hollenbeak teaches a course on Health Economics and Economic Evaluation.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Health Economics, Economic evaluation, Bayesian statistics

Selected Publications

1.       Schnitzler MA, Hollenbeak CS, Cohen DS, Woodward RS, Lowell JA, Singer GG,Tesi RJ, Howard TK, Mohanakumar T, Brennan DC. The economic implications of HLA matching in cadaveric renal transplantation. N Engl J Med. 1999 Nov 4;341(19):1440-6.

 2.       Hollenbeak CS. The effect of generic competition on prescription to over-the-counter switching. Pharmacoeconomics. 1999 Dec;16(6):661-8.

 3.       Lowe VJ, Boyd JH, Dunphy FR, Kim H, Dunleavy T, Collins BT, Martin D, StackBC Jr, Hollenbeak CS, Fletcher JW. Surveillance for recurrent head and neck cancer using positron emissiontomography. J Clin Oncol. 2000 Feb;18(3):651-8.

 4.       Hollenbeak CS, Kokoska M, Stack BC Jr. Cost considerations of converting to digital photography. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2000 Apr-Jun;2(2):122-3.

 5.       Hollenbeak CS, Woodward RS, Cohen DS, Lowell JA, Singer GG, Tesi RJ, HowardTK, Mohanakumar T, Brennan DC, Schnitzler MA. The economic benefit of allocation of kidneys based on cross-reactive groupmatching. Transplantation. 2000 Aug 15;70(3):537-40.

 6.       Hollenbeak CS, Murphy DM, Koenig S, Woodward RS, Dunagan WC, Fraser VJ. The clinical and economic impact of deep chest surgical site infectionsfollowing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Chest. 2000 Aug;118(2):397-402.

 7.       Hollenbeak CS, Alfrey EJ, Souba WW. The effect of surgical site infections on outcomes and resource utilization after liver transplantation. Surgery. 2001 Aug;130(2):388-95.

 8.       Hollenbeak CS, Lowe VJ, Stack BC Jr. The cost-effectiveness of fluorodeoxyglucose 18-F positron emission tomographyin the N0 neck. Cancer. 2001 Nov 1;92(9):2341-8.

 9.       Hollenbeak CS, Murphy D, Dunagan WC, Fraser VJ. Nonrandom selection and the attributable cost of surgical-site infections. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2002 Apr;23(4):177-82.

 10.   Hollenbeak CS, Dillon PW. An introduction to economic evaluation for pediatric surgeons. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2002 Feb;11(1):55-9.

 11.   Hollenbeak CS, Wasser TS, Murphy RX Jr, Kleinman LC, Stack BC Jr. Statistical inference in facial plastic surgery: perspectives and alternatives. Facial Plast Surg. 2002 May;18(2):87-93.

 12.   Hollenbeak CS, Morris DL, Sinclair MC. Is off-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery cost saving? Sem Cardiovasc Thorac Anesth 2002;6(4):325-329

 13.   Hollenbeak CS, Alfrey EJ, Sheridan K, Burger TL, Dillon PW.  Surgical Site Infections Following Pediatric Liver Transplantation: Risks and Costs, Transpl Infect Dis. 2003; 5(2): 72-8

 14.   Scanlon DP, Hollenbeak CS, Lee WW, Loh E, Ubel PA. Does Competition for Transplantable Hearts Encourage Gaming of the Waiting List? Health Affairs 2004; 23(2): 191-8.

 15.   Hollenbeak CS, Warren DK. Selective decontamination of digestive tract in intensive care patients leads to fewer in-hospital deaths, Evidence Based Healthcare 2004; 8(2):107-109.

 16.   Hollenbeak CS.  Functional form and risk adjusting hospital costs: Bayesian analysis of a Box-Cox random coefficients model. Statistics in Medicine, July 2005.

 17.   Hollenbeak CS, Weisman CS, Rossi M, Ettinger SM.  Gender Disparities in Percutaneous Coronary Interventions for Acute Myocardial Infarction in Pennsylvania, Forthcoming in Medical Care, 2005.

 18.   Hollenbeak CS, Weisman CS, Rossi M, Ettinger SM. Gender disparities in percutaneous coronary interventions for acute myocardial infarction in Pennsylvania. Med Care. 2006 Jan;44(1):24-30.