Nicolas Silva-Illanes

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

PhD student

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Nicolas Silva-Illanes
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I am currently a PhD student in the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre in Public Health and Economic Decision Science. My PhD focuses in understanding the socioeconomic inequalities of life expectancy and adult mortality in Chile in the last decade.

I graduated as a physician and I practiced as a general practitioner for one year before starting graduate studies. I studied a Master in Public Policy and a Master in Public Health at the University of Chile. After completing that training I studied Biostatistics at the same University. I have received further training in Econometrics and Decision Modeling during recent years.

Since 2014 I have been working as a researcher and lecturer in the School of Public Health in the University of Chile. During this period I have been involved in several research and consulting projects covering many topics. The most relevant are:

  • Analysis of socioeconomic inequalities on the incidence of chronic diseases in Chile using longitudinal data
  • Cost effectiveness analysis of colorectal cancer in Chile
  • Analysis of cost of disease in Chile using the System of Health Account methodology
  • The role of fiscal policy in the improvement of diets and prevention of non communicable diseases in Chile: impact evaluation and modeling


Research interests
  • Health inequalities
  • Cancer survival and cancer care policies
  • Pharmaceutical policies
  • Nakamura R, Mirelman AJ, Cuadrado C, Silva-Illanes N, Dunstan J, Suhrcke M. Evaluating the 2014 sugar-sweetened beverage tax in Chile: An observational study in urban areas. Langenberg C, editor. PLOS Med. Public Library of Science; 2018;15:e1002596.
  • Silva-Illanes N, Espinoza M. Critical Analysis of Markov Models Used for the Economic Evaluation of Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Systematic Review. Value Health. Elsevier; 2018;21:858–73.
  • Frenz P, Kaufman JS, Nazzal C, Cavada G, Cerecera F, Silva N. Mediation of the effect of childhood socioeconomic position by educational attainment on adult chronic disease in Chile. Int. J. Public Health. 2017;62:1007–17.
  • Cuadrado C, Silva-Illanes N. Impact of the application of the Value Added Tax to imaging tests on out-of-pocket health expenses of households in Chile. Medwave. 2015;15:e6333.
  • Castillo-Laborde C, Silva-Illanes N. Health technology assessment and its impact on pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policies. Rev. Med. Chil. 2014;142 Suppl:S33-8.
  • Itriago L, Silva-Illanes N, Cortes G. Epidemiology of cancer in Chile: Present and future. Rev. Médica Clínica Las Condes. 2013;24:531–52