Lyndon James

Lyndon James

PhD Candidate in Health Policy (G4, Decision Sciences)


Lyndon James graduated with first-class honours from University College London with a BSc in Medical Sciences and Physiology in 2010. In 2013 he completed his medical degree, also at University College London. He worked as a doctor in the UK’s National Health Service for three years, gaining postgraduate clinical experience in internal and emergency medicine. Lyndon completed his MPH at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health in 2017, and was awarded the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship for this program.


Lyndon was attracted to decision science because of the discipline’s interdisciplinary nature and its practical applications. He recently reviewed the benefits and pitfalls of mathematical modeling as applied to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his dissertation, Lyndon is using modeling techniques to identify strategies to reduce the burden of antimicrobial resistance particularly for patients with TB, and to evaluate the tradeoffs in policymaking in this area. Lyndon was delighted to receive NIH T32 training grant funding for 2021-22 to extend this work to people living with HIV.


In previous work, Lyndon has reviewed the spillover of an individual’s health on their family and caregivers, and studied how COVID-19 should change the threshold for intervention for abdominal aortic aneurysm. Lyndon’s peer-reviewed work has appeared in Medical Decision Making, the Journal of Vascular Surgery, PharmacoEconomics, the American Journal of Public Health, Resuscitation, and Clinical Teacher.


Lyndon thoroughly enjoys teaching, and has worked as teaching assistant for five courses in the Harvard decision science curriculum, and a teaching fellow for Harvard College. He was delighted to receive a Teaching Award from the School of Public Health in 2018, and a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching in 2020. He plans a career as a physician-scientist with a focus on antimicrobial resistance.



Year in Program

Dissertation Committee Member