Francesco Taroni , M.D., is Professor of Social
Medicine at the University of Bologna, visiting research scientist
at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University,
Philadelphia (US), and scientific director of the Agenzia
Sanitaria Regionale of the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy in
Bologna. He is also director of post graduate school of
Specialization in Legal and Social Medicine.
Prof. Taroni has a perspective as both an academic health
services researcher and as a health policy maker. He served as a
member of the Italian National Health Council and was director of
the Italian National Agency for Regional Health Care Services.
Previously, he has been director for health and social policies of
the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy, with responsibility of the
organization and financing of health care services for the four
million residents of the region.
He served as director of research in Epidemiology and
Biostatistics at Istituto Superiore di Sanità (the Italian National
Institutes of Health), and as visiting professor in statistical
methods for quality care evalutation at the La Sapienza University
in Rome and for Clinical Epidemiology at the University of
Bologna. Prof. Taroni maintains his relationship with Jefferson
Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, PA, as a
visiting research scientist at Jefferson's Center for
Research in Medical Education and Health Care.
Prof. Taroni is a 1975 graduate in medicine and surgery of the
University of Bologna, where he has also completed specializations
in gastroenterology, public health and preventive medicine.
Author of three books and about 100 referred journal articles
concerning evaluation and planning of health services, technology
assessment and public health.
Principal investigator of several research projects sponsored by
national and international organizations, concerning evaluation of
quality of care and analysis of quality and cost of care for HIV