Featured Faculty

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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.


Jeffrey A. AlexanderJeffrey A. Alexander

Research Professor
George Washington University, D.C., USA

Jeffrey Alexander is research professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health. He was formerly the Richard Carl Jelinek Professor of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health, University of Michigan where he also held positions as Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, Ross School of Business, and Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research. His teaching and research interests focus on organizational change in the health care sector, multi-institutional systems, governance, and organizational factors related to quality of care. His recent publications have appeared in Health Services Research, The Milbank Quarterly, Medical Care Research and Review, Administrative Science Quarterly and Journal of Health and Social Behavior.


Laurence BakerLaurence Baker

Professor of Health Research and Policy
Stanford University, CA, USA

Laurence Baker, Ph.D. is a health economist and Professor of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University. Professor Baker serves as Chief of Health Services Research at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and has been appointed Fellow of the Center for Health Policy at Stanford University and Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Stanford University Department of Economics, and directs the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Scholarly Concentrations Program. Professor Baker has been the recipient of the ASHE Medal from the American Society of Health Economists, the Alice S. Hersh Young Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, and the National Institute for Health Care Management’s research prize. He serves on the boards of directors of the International Health Economics Association and the American Society of Health Economists. He also serves as Senior Associate Editor for the journal Health Services Research, on the editorial board of Medical Care Research and Review. Professor Baker received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 1994 and his Bachelors degree in Economics and Mathematics from Calvin College in 1990.

Professor Baker’s research applies economic and statistical analysis to challenges facing the health care system and health policy. He is the author of numerous works on the effects of financial incentives and organizational structures on the delivery of health care and health care spending, including extensive work on technological change in medicine and work on managed care and its effects. He also studies health care regulatory policy, efforts to improve quality in health care, and policies that affect the Medicare and Medicaid programs.


Yann BourgueilYann Bourgueil

Director of the Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics
IRDES, Paris, France

Yann Bourgueil, has been working as senior research fellow of the Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (Irdes) since 2004 and is now its director. In 2009, he was also scientific coordinator of the team ‘Interdisciplinary Partnership for Research on the Organization of Primary Care’ (Prospere). From 2003 to 2007 he was operations manager at the French National Observatory of Health Professions (ONDPS) where he did monitoring of task delegation experimentations.
Beginning in 1995, Yann worked as a research and teaching associate at the Groupe Image, French National School of Public Health (ENSP). In 1999 he became Professor and continued to stay at the Groupe Image to teach and do research until 2004. He holds a master’s degree in biological and medical sciences from the University Paris Sud, UFR Medical Bicêtre, a master’s degree of sciences in management from the business school ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) and did his doctoral dissertation in medicine in Paris VII at the medical school Xavier Bichat.
Yann’s areas of expertise include health care systems and health policy performance assessment, primary care organization, professional dynamics and sociology of health professions and international comparisons of health care systems.
Besides his job, Yann was a member of the Committee on Health Strategies Assessment in the French National Authority for Health from 2006 to 2008 and acted as expert to the World Health Organization in issues pertaining to task shifting from 2008 to 2009.


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.


Walter C. KoppWalter C. Kopp

President
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.


Frederico LegaFederico Lega

Professor
Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Federico Lega, Ph.D., is professor of healthcare and public management at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.

Federico Lega, Ph.D., currently serves as a Leader of the executive education for the healthcare sector at SDA Bocconi School of Management (SDA), where he manages a faculty of 40 FTEs professors and – on a yearly base – a portfolio of 30 short-medium term executive courses, 4 master programmes, about 50 customized programmes and about 15 research programmes. He is in charge of the management track at the International Master of Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy (MIHMEP) and until 2009 he has been the Director of the Master in Healthcare Management (MIMS – Italian class). He also serves as a Director of the Master of Science in Public Management and International Organizations (CLAPI) at Bocconi University, where he teaches courses in Public Policy and Administration and as a Head of the unit Strategy and Organization at CERGAS Bocconi, an academic research center on healthcare policy and management. He coordinates researches on strategic planning processes, organizational redesign and development and leads change management projects in hospitals and other health organizations.

He has research and teaching connections with several institutions, such as INSEAD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, York University Management School (UK), Leeds University, Warwick University, King’s Fund London, Stellenbosch – South Africa, Catholic University of Cordoba – Argentina, Management Center of Innsbruck.

His research and teaching interests focus on organization and management of hospitals and health institutions and on modernization, change management and innovation processes in the health sector. He published five books and several articles. He is internal auditor of the Italian Health Economics Association (AIES) and member of the European Health Management Association (EHMA) and active in European COST initiatives on improving healthcare systems.


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.


David P. Roye Jr.David P. Roye Jr.

Professor and Executive Medical Director
New-York-Presbyterain Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Columbia Cerebral Palsy Center, NY, USA

Dr. David Roye Jr., the St. Giles Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and Executive Medical Director of the Columbia Cerebral Palsy Center, has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 1980. He has dedicated his career to providing and improving the medical care of children with orthopaedic problems around the world, teaching future surgeons, and conducting high quality clinical research in the field of pediatric orthopaedics. Dr. Roye’s main research focus is on multicenter pediatric spinal deformity studies and multidisciplinary Cerebral Palsy research. He is a world recognized leader in clinical outcome studies in the field of pediatric orthopaedics and awarded numerous grants to conduct cutting edge outcome studies. He has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has lectured at forums world-wide. Additionally, he has participated in the delivery of medical care overseas since 1987 to improve healthcare in developing countries. Aware of the challenges facing healthcare reform in China, Dr. Roye founded the International Healthcare Leadership (IHL) program. The IHL seeks to address the lack of healthcare policy and management training in China in order to contribute to sustainable solutions to solve a range of skill-related challenges in the Chinese healthcare system. The organization’s objective is to establish an executive-level certificate program at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. IHL has hosted various symposiums and seminars in China and the U.S. and has consulted with Chinese healthcare organizations. Dr. Roye has won many awards including in 2009, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Humanitarian of the Year Award, in 2010 the Columbia University Arnold Gold Humanism Award and in 2012 the Columbia University Alumni Medal for Distinguished Service.


Murray N. RossMurray N. Ross

Director
Institute for Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente, CA, USA

Murray Ross is Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and leads the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy in Oakland, California. Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest private integrated health care delivery system. The Institute seeks to shape public policy and private practice by leveraging the experience of Kaiser Permanente in providing health care and coverage for nine million people. The Institute supports research, expert roundtables, and conferences all intended to increase understanding of policy issues and help identify solutions.

Before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2002, Dr. Ross was a policy advisor to the United States Congress. He served five years as the executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an influential nonpartisan agency that makes recommendations on Medicare policy to the Congress. Previously, he spent nine years at the Congressional Budget Office, ultimately leading the group charged with assessing the budgetary impact of legislative proposals affecting Medicare and Medicaid.

Dr. Ross earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and completed his undergraduate work in economics at Arizona State University.


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.


Nancy TaylorNancy Taylor

Vice President
Public Policy, External Relations and
Communications
The Permanente Federation, CA, USA

Nancy Taylor is the Vice President for Public Policy, External Relations, and Communications for The Permanente Federation, which represents the national interests of the regional Permanente Medical Groups, who employ more than 16,000 physicians caring for 9 million Kaiser Permanente members. She oversees the policy, government relations, marketing, and communications activities of The Permanente Federation, and serves as a liaison between the branding, and communications activities of Kaiser Permanente Health Plan/Hospitals and the Permanente Medical Groups.

Nancy has over 25 years of experience in health care leadership and consulting, giving her deep insights into the strategic and operational challenges facing health care systems. In that time, she has led her own health care consulting practice, providing project management, operations improvement, group facilitation, and leadership coaching for health care clients. Nancy served as Director of Strategic Projects for the San Francisco Medical Center of Kaiser Permanente and led an internal operations consulting team for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), which employs over 4,000 physicians in Northern California. She also provided strategy and quality improvement consulting for Hamilton/KSA’s Hospital and Health Systems strategy consulting group and direct contracting and network development consulting for Mercer Inc.’s National Medical Audit Services.

In addition to her duties at The Permanente Federation, Nancy is also the Executive Director of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), a consortium of 33 of the nation’s most prominent physician-led multi-specialty group practices. In this role, she helps to set strategy and directs the activities of a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster the development and recognition of accountable physician practices as a model for transforming the American health care system.

Nancy has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and an AB in Human Biology from Stanford University. She completed the Stanford Program at Oxford, studying in affiliation with Magdalen College. More recently, she completed Kaiser Permanente’s Advanced Leadership Program in association with the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.


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.