George Torrance, a founding member of CHEPA, is a world leader in economic evaluation of medical treatments and health services, and was the first researcher at McMaster University to study in this field. He joined the University in 1967, and fulfilled various roles for the next 30 years, including a term as dean of the DeGroote School of Business.
He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and is currently principal consultant for i3 Innovus, a global leader in health economics, outcomes and data analysis. He was a member of CHEPA from 1988 until his retirement in 1998.
Torrance was a pioneer in the development and application of methods to improve health care decision-making, and helped revolutionize the science and practice of assessing health status and determining quality of life. He developed many of the methods used today in health economics, including those used to measure the preferences for health outcomes, as well as the cost-effectiveness and value of health interventions such as drugs, treatments and devices.
Torrance has received lifetime achievement awards from three major international societies in recognition of his many contributions to research in measuring medical decision-making, outcomes and quality of life.