The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, Health Economics Research Group bestowed Hui Shao, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, with the Kaafee Billah Early Career. The award was established in 2016 and recognizes an early career health economists for outstanding contributions in furthering economics and decision sciences at the CDC.
Shao is active in disseminating his research through publications and presentations at major international conferences. In his Ph.D. program and two-year fellowship at the CDC, Shao published 36 articles in leading professional peer-reviewed journals, which includes numerous first-author publications in Diabetes Care, Value in Health, and Pharmacoeconomics, all of which are top journals in each corresponding field. He has also published 30 conference papers and delivered 17 oral presentations as the presenting author at international conferences. He is the developer of the BRAVO diabetes model, which is deemed to be one of the most advanced diabetes microsimulation models in the world.
The Health Economics Research Group is a network of economists within the CDC and from other institutions that regularly collaborate with the CDC. Shao concluded a fellowship at the CDC in 2019, before joining the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. His CDC experience gave him a clear perspective on what issues need to be addressed to prevent diabetes and improve diabetes management.