G.J. Melendez-Torres is Professor of Clinical and Social Epidemiology at the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health, where he is also Associate Dean for Global and Director of the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group.
Prof Melendez-Torres has a sustained record of research and leadership in health technology assessment. This research is methodologically innovative and responsive to the policy needs of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. For example, his work on the clinical and cost effectiveness of first-line treatments for multiple sclerosis led to a restructuring and renewal of national guidance on the reimbursement and evaluation of treatments for this condition. Moreover, his work in health technology assessment has shaped international guidance on evidence-based practice in mental health promotion for adolescents, directly shaping WHO and UN Office of Drugs and Crime guidance in these areas. Alongside his leadership of one of the UK’s major health technology assessment groups, he maintains an active programme of research in adolescent health and intimate partner violence, both in the United Kingdom and around the world.
Prof Melendez-Torres was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a BSN summa cum laude from the School of Nursing and a BS in Economics summa cum laude from the Wharton School. He earned an MPhil with distinction and a DPhil in Social Intervention from the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, the first nurse so named, and an MPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University as a Truman Scholar.