Sean Dickson

Director, Health Policy

Sean Dickson, JD, MPH is a nationally recognized technical expert on the American drug system, including the full market lifecycle of pharmaceuticals. His career has focused on increasing access to healthcare, with specific attention to reducing prescription drug costs.

Before joining the West Health Policy Center, he led policy and research activities under The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Drug Spending Research Initiative. Sean’s research and analyses are often cited in government reports and by media, and he frequently advises state and federal policymakers on the technical aspects of proposals to reduce drug spending.

Prior to his work in domestic health policy, Sean worked in international development, focusing on HIV and maternal health policies in East Asia, East Africa and the Caribbean. In 2016, he was recognized as one of 30 Top Thinkers under 30 by Pacific Standard Magazine. Sean completed his graduate studies at the University of Michigan, preceded by undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago.