José Leal is a Research Advisor for RDS South Central and a Senior Researcher with the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC) at the University of Oxford.

Having trained as a pharmacist, José joined HERC in 2004 after completing his MSc in Health Economics at the University of York in 2003.  He then went on to complete a doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford in 2011 on the use of multi-parameter evidence synthesis to inform economic evaluations.

Since joining HERC, José has worked on several cost-effectiveness studies in disease areas such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and inherited metabolic conditions.  He has also been involved in cost-of-illness studies aimed at informing the allocation of public research funds and in revealing differences across countries to inform further research and discussion.

José is interested in evidence synthesis frameworks in economic evaluation, individual patient level modelling and the use of large datasets to inform healthcare resource allocation decisions.