Featured Faculty


Katharina Janus (chair and host)

Professor of Healthcare Management and Director of the Center for Healthcare Management, Germany, and Columbia University, New York, USA

Katharina Janus, PhD, MBA, is Professor of Healthcare Management and the Director of the global research and consultancy organization “Center for Healthcare Management”, Germany, and at Columbia University, New York, USA. She also heads the “Care-Tank”, the Center’s think-tank and executive education platform, and serves as a member of the board of Allianz health insurance, Munich, Germany.

As a healthcare manager in research and practice she puts a strong emphasis on managing the human side of healthcare delivery in the new age of care management – formerly known as “managed care.” She has been invited frequently as a speaker and moderator to contribute her global domain expertise and in-depth knowledge of healthcare markets and trends. Additionally, Prof. Janus has been involved in political advisory councils and consulting projects on a national and international level.

Dr. Janus earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the Universities of Hamburg and the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris in 2000. She holds a PhD in Business and Social Sciences from Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg (2003). Dr. Janus was a 2006-07 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy at The Commonwealth Fund, a Rockefeller Foundation academic fellow in 2012 and a Brocher Foundation resident in 2014.

Lawrence D. BrownLawrence D. Brown

Professor of Health Policy and Management
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NY, USA

Lawrence D. Brown is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. A political scientist, he got a Ph.D. in government at Harvard University in 1973. After positions at Harvard, the Brookings Institution, and the University of Michigan, in 1988 he came to Columbia, where he chaired the Department of Health Policy and Management for ten years and the university’s Public Policy Consortium for three years. He is the author of Politics and Health Care Organizations: HMOs as Federal Policy (Brookings Institution, 1983) and of articles on the political dimensions of community cost containment, expansion of coverage for the uninsured, national health reform, the role of analysis in the formation of health policy, and cross-national health policy. Mr. Brown edited the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law for five years, has served on several national advisory committees for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has an RWJ Investigators in Health Policy award, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Carine FrancCarine Franc

Economist Researcher
French National Institute of Health and
Medical Research (Inserm), Paris, France

Carine Franc is a health economics researcher at the French national Institute of Health and Medical Research, in a social science multidisciplinary department. Carine focuses her research on the study of the effects of economic incentives on individual behavior. Considering the provision of care, for example, many questions are raised by the generalization of payments performance. What are the impacts of a monetary incentive on the strategic choices of a doctor and on his preferences? With theoretical and empirical approaches, her researches aim to investigate what kind of mechanism (monetary and non-monetary) can help to improve the effectiveness of care in primary care. Considering the demand for care, she also studies the impact of the design of insurance coverage on health care demand. Carine is also involved in teaching; she has responsibilities in the teaching of economics in Master of Public Health at the University of Paris 11. Carine is a member of the Board of the College of Health Economists in France; she is also a founding member of the research team ‘Interdisciplinary Partnership for Research on the Organization of Primary Care’ (Prospere).

Born in 1973 in Toulouse (south-west France), she studied public economics and microeconomics at the Toulouse School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics Sciences from Toulouse University of Social Sciences in 2000. She completed her “habilitation” or “accreditation to supervise research” on agency problem in health economics context in 2012 at the Paris-Dauphine University.

Walter C. KoppWalter C. Kopp

Medical Management Services
San Anselmo, CA, USA

Walter Kopp is President of Medical Management Services a healthcare executive management and advisory group specializing in the development of clinically integrated communities. This group has assisted with medical group practice management, medical group and hospital integration, physician succession planning, managed care analysis and contracting, and healthcare technology implementation in Health Systems. Services also include strategic positioning and market analysis, medical group development, contract negotiations, service line development and operations reviews.

A partial list of MMS recent clients include; Sutter Health, City of Hope Medical Group, Blue Shield of California, The Permanente Medical Group, Alta Bates Medical Group, Brown and Toland Medical Group, Hill Physicians Medical Group, Anthem/ Blue Cross of California, St Joseph Heritage Medical Foundation, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Marin General Hospital, Lodi Memorial Community Clinics, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Salinas Valley Healthcare District, Palm Drive Healthcare District, the American College of Surgeons and Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group.

Previously, Walter was Chief Operating Officer of Menlo Clinic at Stanford University Medical Center. Walter was also Executive Director of BayCare Medical Group and Assistant VP and Director at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco. In addition, he worked for large accounting firms, Alta Bates Hospital, University of Colorado Hospital, UC San Francisco, and the Ross Valley Medical Group.

Walter has served on various boards of Directors, including the National IPA Coalition, Marin Community Clinic, and the Bay Pacific Health Plan. Walter is founder and current advisor to the California eHealth Collaborative. He earned his BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Masters in Health Administration from the University of Colorado.

Theo PoieszTheo Poiesz

Professor of Economic Psychology and Health Care Management
Tilburg University, TiasNimbas Business School, The Netherlands

Theo Poiesz, PhD, has been Professor at the TiasNimbas Business School at Tilburg University in the Netherlands since 1986. During that time, he’s been teaching various courses, including Consumer Behavior, Psychology & Advertising and Marketing. Since 2007 he is Professor of Economic Psychology and Health Care Management (with a focus on marketing).
He holds a PhD degree, which he received at Tilburg University in October 1983.
Besides his job as a professor, Theo is a member on the advisory board of Akkermans and Partners Groep financial consultancy firm since 2009. Before that time, he worked as senior strategist/consultant at Van Spaendonck Management Consultants from 2006 to 2009.
He is also sitting in the chair supervisory board of GGZ Breburg Groep and a member of the editorial board Tijdschrift voor Strategische Communicatie. Furthermore, he is chair member of the board of advisors of Social Psychiatry at Tilburg University, Psychological Market Research and Organizational Development in Hospital Care.
Theo is project leader of various business and government sponsored research projects and has published various books and book chapters in his areas of research.

Thomas G. RundallThomas G. Rundall

Henry J. Kaiser Emeritus
Professor of Organized Health Systems
School of Public Health,
University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Thomas Rundall is the Henry J. Kaiser Emeritus Professor of Organized Health Systems at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Professor Rundall received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from Stanford University. He has published extensively across a broad array of topics in health care policy and management, including quality of care, organization and management of hospitals, hospital-physician alignment, and integrated delivery systems. Professor Rundall’s most recent book is Implementing an Electronic Medical Record System: Successes, Failures, Lessons. His current research includes the analysis of the structure and performance of accountable care organizations in the United States. In 1985 Professor Rundall was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship. In 2005, he was awarded the Filerman Prize for Innovation in Health Administration Education, and in 2010 Rundall was awarded the Berkeley Citation for Distinguished Service to the University. Professor Rundall serves on the board of directors for the John Muir Health System and On Lok, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly.

Erich SchröderErich Schröder

CEO, Gesundheitspolitik.de and European
Institute for socio-political communication, Berlin, Germany

Erich Schröder knows medical business from working in a hospital up to managing an intensive care department, also having an own doctor´s office for family medicine, both each for 5 years. His industrial career began as head of a department for operation medicine in a chemical plant, followed by the position as speaker of a pharmaceutical company. Currently, Erich is known as a journalist in the midth of healthcare policy and leading two companies with media and communications around healthcare topics. Also, he teaches medicine at the Humboldt University Berlin (Charité) in the subjects “healthcare communications” and “medical thinking and acting”.

Michael S. SparerMichael S. Sparer

Professor and Chair
Department of Health Policy and Management
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NY, USA

Dr. Michael S. Sparer is Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Professor Sparer studies and writes about the politics of health care, with a particular emphasis on the health insurance and health delivery systems for low-income populations, and the ways in which inter-governmental relations influences policy. He is a two-time winner of the school’s Student Government Association Teacher of the Year Award, as well as the recipient of the 2010 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. Professor Sparer spent seven years as a litigator for the New York City Law Department, specializing in inter-governmental social welfare litigation. After leaving the practice of law, Sparer obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from Brandeis University. Sparer is the editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and the author of Medicaid and the Limits of State Health Reform, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.