Dr Armando Vargas-Palacios

Dr Armando Vargas-Palacios


I am Senior Research Fellow at the Academic Unit of Health Economics, I am part of the Test Evaluation Group at the Unit of Health Economics with focus on the evaluation of Medical devices as a health economist of the MedTech Co-operative Leeds (MIC). I co-lead the Decision Modelling Group in the Unit, where we discuss and explore different economic evaluation modelling techniques

I have a PhD from the University of Sheffield in which I employed different dynamic modelling techniques and calibration methods to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the H1N1 flu Vaccine in Mexico. I previously worked at the Economic Analysis Unit at the Ministry of Health Mexico where I participated in the development of several public policy strategies related to the improvement of access and provision of healthcare in Mexico. I have a Masters degree in Health Economics from the Centre for Research and Teaching (CIDE) in Mexico and a BA in Economics from the Ibero-American University (UIA)

Research interests

My research interests primarily focused on health technologies assessment, (including economic evaluations alongside clinical trials and decision-analytic modelling), early economic evaluation modelling and economic evaluation of medical devices, diagnostic tests and precision medicine. I have a particular interest in dynamic methods such as discrete event simulation and differential equations models and the use of such techniques to explore the consequences of an intervention, medical device, equipment or a diagnostic test on the overall operation of the health system (resource allocation, queuing and delays).


  • PhD in Health Economics (Univesity of Sheffield)
  • MSc in Health Economics (Centre for Research and Teaching, CIDE, Mexico)
  • BA in Health Economics (Ibero-American University, Mexico)

Professional memberships

  • Health Economics Study Group (HESG)

Student education

I have ample experience as a lecturer in various health economics modules at the undergraduate and graduate level.  I also act as supervisor of master level dissertations.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics
  • Complex interventions
  • Test Evaluation Group
  • Diagnostics and pathology
  • Surgical technology
  • Decision Modelling Group
  • Health economics
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/1768-using-early-simulation-modelling-to-estimate-the-health-care-system-impact-of-new-technologies-and-inform-technology-development">Using early simulation modelling to estimate the health care system impact of new technologies and inform technology development</a></li>