Margaret Jorgensen, PhD


Manager, Health Outcomes

Dr Margaret Jorgensen joined Optum in March 2013 and is located in the Sydney office. While with Optum, Margaret has led the development of two clinical practice guidelines and has contributed to several large systematic reviews that have included RCTs, observational studies and economic literature. Margaret has also contributed to the preparation of manuscripts and the adaptation of global health economics models. Margaret has therapeutic experience across a broad range of disease areas including infectious diseases, immunology, oncology, mental health, natural therapies, obstetrics and paediatrics.

Prior to joining Optum, Margaret worked for the Health Policy Division of The George Institute for Global Health where she provided key stakeholders (such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative) with evidence-based research to support policy decisions for neglected diseases (such as malaria, TB, HIV). This included the development of a Global Survey for Funding of Innovation for Neglected Diseases and an in-depth analysis of future funding demands for malaria drug and vaccine development. Margaret gained her extensive experience in critical appraisal, data interpretation, treatment surveys, decision trees and report writing whilst being employed as an analyst in the infectious diseases group of a US-based consultancy. Here, she provided biopharmaceutical companies with an in-depth research and competitive intelligence as to the trends, emerging developments, and market potential of drugs and vaccines within the major pharmaceutical markets (US, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain). Margaret has also worked as clinical project manager for a multinational pharmaceutical company where she managed late-phase clinical trials across several geographic regions.

Margaret obtained her Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) degree from the University of Sydney and completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales. She received postdoctoral training at the Harvard University School of Public Health and has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals.