Sarah Willis


Research Fellow
in Health Economics

Room 118

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7958 8289

My first degree was a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economic from the University of York where I stayed on to take an MSc in Health Economics. I joined the Health Services Research Unit in 2006 as a research assistant.


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research and Policy


Centre for Evaluation


I am a seminar leader for the Economic Evaluation module on the MSc in Public Health. I have previously led seminars on the Introduction to Health Economics module.


I am currently working on a project to assess the cost-effectiveness of a new way of diagnosing and treating prostate cancer, with clinicians at UCLH and software analysts at UCL's CMIC - funded by the Wellcome Trust/Department of Health's Health Innovation Challenge Fund. 

I have previously worked with other health economists in HSRP to provide health economics input on key clinical issues in various types of cancer (early and advanced breast cancer, lung cancer, basal cell carcinoma), in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Cancer (NCC-C). This lead to an MRC funded project looking at the feasibility of developing a whole pathway model of prostate cancer using patient-level simulation, and in particular whether this modelling approach could be useful in the context of NICE clinical guidelines.

I am also involved in the economic analysis of two clinical trials: SUPREMO (adjuvant irradiation vs. standard care for women with intermediate risk breast cancer) and PROMPTS (screening MRI and pre-emptive treatment of spinal cord compression for men with castrate resistant prostate cancer).  

Research Area
Clinical care
Clinical guidelines
Clinical trials
Decision analysis
Economic evaluation
Health technology assessment
Disease and Health Conditions
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Multiparametric MRI followed by targeted prostate biopsy for men with suspected prostate cancer: a clinical decision analysis.
Willis, S.R. ; Ahmed, H.U. ; Moore, C.M. ; Donaldson, I. ; Emberton, M. ; Miners, A.H. ; van der Meulen, J. ;
BMJ Open
Focal Therapy: Patients, Interventions, and Outcomes-A Report from a Consensus Meeting.
Donaldson, I.A. ; Alonzi, R. ; Barratt, D. ; Barret, E. ; Berge, V. ; Bott, S. ; Bottomley, D. ; Eggener, S. ; Ehdaie, B. ; Emberton, M. ; Hindley, R. ; Leslie, T. ; Miners, A. ; McCartan, N. ; Moore, C.M. ; Pinto, P. ; Polascik, T.J. ; Simmons, L. ; van der Meulen, J. ; Villers, A. ; Willis, S. ; Ahmed, H.U. ;
Eur Urol
Economic modelling of diagnostic and treatment pathways in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence clinical guidelines: the Modelling Algorithm Pathways in Guidelines (MAPGuide) project.
Lord, J. ; Willis, S. ; Eatock, J. ; Tappenden, P. ; Trapero-Bertran, M. ; Miners, A. ; Crossan, C. ; Westby, M. ; Anagnostou, A. ; Taylor, S. ; Mavranezouli, I. ; Wonderling, D. ; Alderson, P. ; Ruiz, F. ;
Health Technol Assess
Principles of Economic Evaluation
Willis, S. R.
Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
Synthesis of survival and disease progression outcomes for health technology assessment of cancer therapies
Welton, N. J.; Willis, S. R.; Ades, A. E.
Research Synthesis Methods
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