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  • Mark Schlesinger

    Department Chair and Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)

    Research Interests
    • Consumer Behavior
    • Health Policy
    • Ownership
    • Patient Advocacy
    • Policy Making
    • Public Opinion

    Dr. Schlesinger is Professor of Health Policy and a fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University and past editor of the Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law. Dr. Schlesinger’s research explores the determinants of public opinion about health and social policy, the influence of bounded rationality on medical consumers, the role of nonprofit organizations in American medicine. His recent research initiatives include (a) studying how the changing availability of information on clinicians’ practices alters patients’ choices among doctors, (b) assessing public perceptions of and responses to economic insecurity, (c) explaining the recent rapid expansion in the scope of newborn screening among American states, and (d) understanding why particular collective responses are seen as more or less legitimate for addressing the spread of obesity among Americans. He has consulted to a half dozen federal agencies, several dozen state and local governments, and more than a score of nonprofit organizations concerned with health and social policy. His favored sports include uncompetitive volleyball and unlighted table tennis.

  • Howard Forman

    Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, of Economics, of Management and of Public Health (Health Policy); Director of MD/MBA Program at Yale; Director, MBA for Executives (Healthcare Focus Area); SOM; Director, Health Care Management Program; YSPH; Faculty Director of Finance; Department of Radiology; YSM

    Research Interests
    • Costs and Cost Analysis
    • Economics, Hospital
    • Economics, Medical
    • Health Care Economics and Organizations
    • Health Services Administration
    • Internship and Residency
    • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
    • Public Health
    • Quality Assurance, Health Care
    • Quality of Health Care
    • Radiation
    • Radiology
    • Global Health
    • Telemedicine
    • Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation
    • Economics, Pharmaceutical
    • Health Care Sector
    • Quality Improvement

    Howie Forman is a Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Public Health (Health Policy), Management, and Economics at Yale University. He came to Yale as a practicing diagnostic radiologist and remains an active clinician in the YNHH Emergency Room, where he also functions as the operational chief for Radiology. Since 1998, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on healthcare policy, economics, finance, and leadership. He is the faculty director and founder of Yale’s MD/MBA program and the Healthcare focus area of the Executive MBA program. Since 2011, he has been the director of the Health Care Management (HCM) Program at the YSPH. He is actively involved in patient care and issues related to financial administration, healthcare compliance, and quality improvement. He has worked in the US Senate, as a health policy fellow, on Medicare legislation.

  • Susan Busch

    Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

    Research Interests
    • Health Care Economics and Organizations
    • Health Services Research
    • Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation

    Professor Busch is a Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and former chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health. Professor Busch’s research examines the effects of policies and regulations on health care cost and quality. Most of her work focuses on behavioral health. Professor Busch’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, an SM in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health and a PhD in health economics from Harvard University.

  • Xi Chen

    Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Policy); Affiliated Faculty, Department of Economics

    Research Interests
    • Aging
    • Air Pollution
    • Child
    • Cognition
    • Economics
    • Pensions
    • Social Behavior
    • Climate Change
    • Social Networking

    Xi Chen, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Global Health, of Economics, and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University. He is a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative, the Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Yale Institute for Network Science (YINS), and a faculty advisor of the Yale-China Association. He is a PEPPER Scholar and co-leads academic events for young scholars at Yale Program on Aging and Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. His areas of interest involve Health, Labor, Development Economics, and Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Methods. His research focuses on public policies related to health over the life cycle, population aging, climate change and health, and quality of life.

    Chen is a research fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, fellow at the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and its Cluster Lead in Environment and Human Capital in Developing Countries, President of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS), Butler-Williams Scholar at National Institute on Aging (NIA), a grant reviewer of the National Sciences Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the Research Council of Norway, and a reviewer of more than 30 peer-reviewed journals. He is an alumni affiliate of Cornell Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors & Disparities, Cornell Population Center, and Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences. He has consulted for the United Nations. 

    Chen's work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Best China Paper from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) (2011), the George Warren Award (2012), the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the AAEA (2013), the MacMillan Faculty Research Award (2013, 2017), USDA-ERS (2008), James Tobin Summer Research Award (2014), the Kempf Award (2017-2018), awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Butler-Williams Scholar (2019), and the U.S. PEPPER Center Scholar Award (2016).

    His research projects funded by public and private funding sources has resulted in 60+ peer-reviewed publications, such as PNAS, LANCET, PLoS Medicine, LANCET Public Health, JEEM, EHP, SSM, JoEA, and AJAE. These studies have been widely covered in 600+ popular media worldwide, such as BBC, CNN, WSJ, NYT, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Macmillan Report, The Times of London, NPR, Time Magazine, Fortune, Slate, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC, Al Jazeera, World Economic Forum, Science Magazine, ABC, EuroNews, Foreign Policy, National Geography, Foreign Affairs, Xinhua News Agency, and People's Daily. He is a commentator at China Central Television. Chen has been invited by The National Committee on United States China Relations (NCUSCR) as a delegate of U.S. - China Healthcare Dialogue (Track II).

    In the past five years, Professor Chen has supervised more than 30 postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and Yale College students who have won a number of outstanding paper awards.

    Chen obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University.

  • Paul D Cleary

    Anna M. R. Lauder Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Professor of Sociology and in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA)

    Research Interests
    • Health Services Research
    • Public Health
    • Quality of Health Care
    • Global Health
    • HIV Infections
    • Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation

    Paul D. Cleary, Ph.D. is the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He served as Dean of the Yale School of Public Health from 2006 to 2017. He holds secondary positions as Professor of Sociology and in the Institute for Social and Institute for Social and Policy Studies. He directs the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA), which provides infrastructure support to over 50 research and training grants and over 180 affiliated scientists and community members.

    Dr. Cleary received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. His earliest work focused on studies of health behavior. He conducted theoretical and empirical research on smoking as well as patients’ perceptions and responses to physical symptoms and factors affecting use of medical care. He also studied the recognition and management of conditions such as mental illness, alcohol abuse and functional impairment in primary care settings.

    For more than 20 years, Dr. Cleary has been actively involved in research focused on persons infected with HIV. Since early in his career, he has investigated the ways in which infection affects people’s lives and the factors affecting the quality of medical care for infected persons. He led a key component of the HIV Costs and Services Utilization Study (HSCUS), in which his team investigated the physician and clinic characteristics that predict the quality of care that patients receive. He also conducted a major national evaluation of a quality improvement program in HIV clinics funded by the Ryan White Care Act.

    He has studied how organizational characteristics affect the costs and quality of care for persons with AIDS; evaluated a national continuous quality improvement initiative in clinics providing care to HIV infected individuals; and studied the long-term impact of patient-centered hospital care. He is Principal Investigator of one of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) projects funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop information gathering surveys for consumers regarding their health plans and services. He also is Principal Investigator and Director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). He has published more than 300 journal articles describing his research.

    Dr. Cleary has been a member of the Academy of Medicine (AOM) since 1994 and served as Chair of two AOM Committees: the Committee on the Ryan White CARE Act: Data for Resource Allocation, Planning and Evaluation in 2002-2003, and the Committee on HIV Screening and Access to Care from 2010 to 2011. He has also been a member of the Connecticut Academy for Science and Engineering since 2007. In 1996, he was selected as a distinguished fellow of the Association for Health Services Research, and in 2002, received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy. In 2010, Dr. Cleary was awarded the Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care by the Picker Institute.  In 2018, he received the L:eo G. Reeder Award for Distinguished Contributions to Medical Sociology.

    From 2005 to 2016 Dr. Cleary chaired the National Advisory Committee for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program. He has served as editor of The Milbank Quarterly, associate editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, consulting editor of the Journal of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, and an editorial board member of The Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine and the Advanced Handbook of Methods in Evidence Based Health Care.

  • Zack Cooper

    Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Associate Professor of Economics, and Associate Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

    Research Interests
    • Economics

    Zack Cooper is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and of Economics at the Yale School of Public Health as director of Health Policy at the Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Professor Cooper is a health economist whose work is focused on producing data-driven scholarship that can inform public policy. In his academic work, he has analyzed the impact of competition in hospital and insurance markets, studied the influence of price transparency on consumer behavior, and examined the influence of electoral politics on health care spending growth. Cooper has published his research in leading economics and medical journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has also presented his research at the White House, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The New York Times wrote that his work is “likely to force a rethinking of some conventional wisdom about health care”.

    Cooper received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his PhD from the London School of Economics, where he received the Richard Titmuss prize for Best PhD thesis. He was an Economic and Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in economics at the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance where he remains a Faculty Associate.

    His research on health care spending on the privately insured can be found at:

  • Leslie Curry

    Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Professor of Management; Lecturer, Yale College; Associate Director Yale Scholars in Implementation Science Training Program

    Research Interests
    • Health Policy
    • Public Health
    • Quality of Health Care
    • Social Sciences
    • Global Health
    • Health Care

    Leslie Curry, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health, Professor of Management at Yale School of Management, Lecturer in Yale College, Associate Director of the Yale Scholars in Implementation Science Program, and core faculty at the Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative. Leslie’s research focuses on management, culture and organizational performance in diverse health care settings in the U.S. and internationally. She is especially interested in the development and scale up of innovative, evidence-based health practices, programs and policies and regularly collaborates with government agencies and health care providers in these efforts. Leslie was a Public Voices Thought Leader Fellow in 2016-17. Leslie's work has been published in JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, Annals of Internal Medicine and the BMJ, and featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and ABC News.

    U.S. domestic work includes an ongoing mixed methods study in 10 communities across the U.S. to understand how 'high performing' regions with low levels of avoidable health care utilization for older adults establish relationships with partners in health care and other health sectors and how such partnerships are catalyzed, developed and sustained. International work includes for example The Yale Health and Social Care Strategic Leadership Programme is offered to executives and providers across the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. She is also PI for Preparing the Clinical Workforce to Deliver the Digital Future, aimed at strengthening the capacity of the NHS clinical and social care workforce to integrate digital innovations. Grounded in a framework of strategic problem solving and leadership, these programs prepare delegates to lead in an increasingly complex system and catalyze partnerships across disciplines to affect system-wide improvements. Leslie also supports the mixed methods evaluation of Project Last Mile, funded by USAID, Global Fund, Gates Foundation and The Coca Cola Company, which uses The Coca-Cola Company’s logistic, supply chain and marketing expertise to improve health systems across Africa in a sustainable way. 

    Her work has been supported by a variety of funders including NIH, AHRQ, The Commonwealth Fund, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The World Bank. Leslie is a recognized expert in qualitative and mixed methods and regularly teaches at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. She serves on several editorial and professional association boards, including an elected position on the Methods Council of AcademyHealth. She is co-author of Mixed Methods in the Health Sciences: A Practical Primer, commissioned by Sage Publications, 2014. 

  • Abigail Friedman

    Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Assistant Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

    Abigail S. Friedman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the policy determinants of tobacco use and disparities therein, with the overarching goal of informing and facilitating evidence-based policymaking to improve population health and reduce inequality. A health economist by training, she conducts work in three areas. The first uses quasi-experimental methods to estimate the effects of federal, state, and local policies on conventional and electronic cigarette use, in order to inform more nuanced policymaking that accounts for the differing health impacts of these products. The second line of research considers how new tobacco products are affecting disparities in tobacco use, particularly by socioeconomic status and mental health. Finally, her work on mental health disparities in tobacco use focuses on identifying the drivers behind these differentials as well as potential means to close these gaps, particularly among adolescents and young adults.

    Dr. Friedman received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in the economics concentration of Harvard University’s Ph.D. Program in Health Policy.

  • Shelley Geballe

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Public Health (Health Policy)

    Attorney Geballe is an Assistant Professor of Public Health Practice at the Yale School of Public Health (teaching Public Health Law, Health Disparities, and the Health Policy Practicum) and a Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School (co-teaching the Legislative Advocacy Clinic). She also is the Distinguished Senior Fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children, a state research and advocacy organization she co-founded in 1995 and led as President until 2008. A graduate of Yale Law School (1976) and the Yale School of Public Health (1995), she practiced civil rights law with the ACLU for more than a decade, representing, among others, Connecticut's foster children in successful systemic reform litigation against the state child welfare department, inmates with HIV/AIDS in litigation against the state department of correction, and school children with HIV/AIDS who were being excluded from the New Haven Public Schools. Her publications include Geballe, Gruendel & Andiman, Forgotten Children of the AIDS Epidemic (Yale University Press, 1995). She has consulted internationally on public health and AIDS law in China and South Africa, and has served on many state commissions and task forces on topics ranging from Connecticut's property tax cap to child and adult mental health services in Connecticut. Most recently, she co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of a non-profit that provides professional reporting about Connecticut government, policy and politics -

  • Chima D Ndumele

    Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Associate Professor in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies

    Chima Ndumele is an Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) at the Yale School of Public Health. His research is focused on better understanding factors which influence the way vulnerable populations connect with and access health care resources. Specifically, he conducts work in three areas. The first examines how changes in local policy environment impact the care received by Medicaid enrollees. The second area explores how safety-net organizations can improve health care services delivery. Finally, he investigates the effects of changes in insurance coverage on the quality of care received by individuals with chronic physical and mental health conditions. He received his PhD from the Brown University School of Public Health

  • A David Paltiel

    Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Professor of Management, and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Co-director, Public Health Modeling Concentration

    Research Interests
    • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
    • France
    • Health Policy
    • Health Resources
    • HIV
    • India
    • Operations Research
    • South Africa

    The objective that guides Dr. Paltiel's scholarly activities is to promote a reasoned approach to decision making and resource allocation in public health and medicine. Trained in the field of Operations Research, Dr. Paltiel designs and implements policy models and cost-effectiveness analyses. He has a special interest and expertise in HIV/AIDS and has published broadly on the cost-effectiveness of testing, prevention, treatment, and care, both in the United States and around the world.

  • Jason L Schwartz

    Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Assistant Professor in the History of Medicine, and Assistant Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

    Research Interests
    • Health Policy
    • History of Medicine
    • Public Health
    • Risk
    • Sociology, Medical
    • Vaccination
    • Evidence-Based Medicine

    Jason L. Schwartz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health. He holds a secondary appointment in the Section of the History of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and is also affiliated with the Program in the History of Science and Medicine and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He has written widely on vaccines and vaccination programs, decision-making in federal and state health policy, and the structure and function of scientific expert advice to government. His general research interest is in the ways in which evidence is interpreted, evaluated, and translated into regulation and policy in medicine and public health.

    Schwartz's publications have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Health Affairs, The American Journal of Public Health, The Milbank Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book manuscript, Medicine by Committee: Expert Advice and Health Care in Modern America, that examines the emergence, evolution, and continuing influence of expert advisory committees in American medicine and public health from the 1960s to the present, particularly regarding pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and screening technologies. This project is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Other current research projects examine how policy-makers, regulators, physicians, and patients evaluate and respond to the risks, benefits, and costs of medical interventions.

    Prior to arriving at Yale, Schwartz was the Harold T. Shapiro Fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values, and earlier, an Associate Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he received an A.B. in classics, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science and a master's degree (MBE) in bioethics.

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  • Jody L. Sindelar

    Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Professor of Economics, and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Research Associate, NBER

    Research Interests
    • Aging
    • Alcoholism
    • Economics
    • Health Policy
    • Obesity
    • Smoking
    • Health Behavior
    • Smoking Cessation
    • Substance-Related Disorders
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Health Care

    Dr. Jody Sindelar is a professor of public health, health economist and public policy expert at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and the Department of Health Policy and Management within YSPH, as well as with the Yale Economics Department. In addition, she is a research associate at the National Bureau Economic Research (NBER), research fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, faculty fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale. She has been a  Bing visiting faculty at Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, CA and Washington, DC, and has been the President-elect, President, Past President & founding member of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon).

    Dr. Sindelar is an expert on the economics of substance abuse, including addictive substances of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs, as well as the economics of obesity. Her studies include lost productivity, cost-effectiveness of treatments, social costs, and policy. She has published over 115 papers and studies on the impacts of substance abuse on productivity, educational attainment, gender differences, and related policy issues in economics, policy, addiction, health and medical journals. She has served on numerous editorial, review, advisory and other boards and committees, and has presented her research at seminars and conferences both nationally and internationally. Sge has also been a visiting professor at several universities and institutes including Mexico City (CIDE) and Shanghai Jiatong University Medical School (January 2016-2019).

    Dr. Sindelar has four decades of research experience in health economics, health and work, aging, and retirement, and she has mentored junior faculty in these fields. She has also been a principal investigator or collaborator on numerous past research projects funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Connecticut Department of Social Services, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Veteran’s Administration (VA), and Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) among others.

  • Jamie Tam

    Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)

    Research Interests
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Chronic Disease
    • Computer Simulation
    • Depressive Disorder
    • Lung Diseases
    • Mental Health
    • Nicotine
    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
    • Tobacco Use Disorder
    • Smoking Cessation
    • Substance-Related Disorders
    • Tobacco Products
    • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
    • Addiction Medicine
    • Smoking Prevention

    Jamie Tam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Tam conducts research on the effects of tobacco regulations, with a special focus on the use of systems science methods to understand tobacco use disparities, including populations with mental health conditions. Her recent work examines the implications of the relationship between smoking and depression for mortality outcomes, and uses modeling methods to evaluate interventions that address their co-occurrence. Dr. Tam has developed computational models that simulate the effects of policies on smoking and population health in the United States, and launched a web-based interface that allows users to explore the potential health effects of different tobacco control policies. Dr. Tam was previously a NAM Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and is broadly interested in domestic and global tobacco control issues; Her other projects have considered the effects of demographic changes on smoking prevalence, longitudinal transitions between tobacco products, and youth exposure to nicotine through electronic cigarettes. 

  • Jacob Wallace

    Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)

    Research Interests
    • Health Care Economics and Organizations
    • Medicaid
    • Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation

    Jacob Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) at the Yale School of Public Health. His research is focused on the economics of health insurance markets with particular emphasis on the impact of managed care in public insurance programs. This area of research is growing in importance, as the government is increasingly contracting with managed care plans to deliver benefits in Medicaid and Medicare. Specifically, he conducts work in three areas.  The first uses novel administrative claims data and random assignment in Medicaid managed care (MMC) markets to study a variety of questions related to the economics of MMC. Projects include examining how provider networks impact the quality and cost of care recipients receive, measuring how much outcomes vary across (randomly-assigned) managed care plans, and investigating how MMC competition is impacted by the presence of a public option. In other work, he studies how changes in health insurance coverage impact health and financial health. Finally, he is interested in provider performance and efficiency measurement, with a focus on identifying natural experiments that can be leveraged to provide insight into existing approaches to provider measurement and risk adjustment. He received his PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University.

  • Reza Yaesoubi

    Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)

    Research Interests
    • Communicable Diseases
    • Computer Simulation
    • Costs and Cost Analysis
    • Decision Theory
    • Decision Trees
    • Drug Resistance, Microbial
    • Game Theory
    • Gonorrhea
    • Health Priorities
    • Health Resources
    • Influenza, Human
    • Mathematical Computing
    • Mathematics
    • Meningitis
    • Operations Research
    • Technology Assessment, Biomedical
    • Tuberculosis
    • Global Health
    • Disease Transmission, Infectious
    • Epidemics
    • Pandemics
    • Machine Learning

    Dr. Yaesoubi’s research focuses on medical decision making and model-based evaluation of health policies. His work incorporates mathematical and computer simulation models, statistical methods, and optimization techniques to guide resource allocation and decision making in public health and health delivery systems. He has applied these methods in conducting cost-effectiveness analyses of colorectal cancer screening strategies, estimating societal willingness-to-pay for health, and characterizing performance-based payment systems for preventive care systems. His current work mainly focuses on adaptive decision making to control the spread of infectious diseases including tuberculosis, influenza, and meningitis. He is also interested in theoretical and methodological issues in medical decision making including cost-effectiveness analysis, large-scale simulation modeling, Markov decision processes, approximate dynamic programming, game theory, and principal-agent models.

Research Scientists

  • Amy Davidoff

    Senior Research Scientist in Public Health (Health Policy)

    Research Interests
    • Medicare
    • Health Policy
    • Insurance, Health
    • Neoplasms
    • Medically Uninsured
    • Medicare Part D
    • Early Detection of Cancer
    • Prescription Drugs
    • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    Dr. Davidoff is a health economist and health services researcher at the Yale School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, where she is a Senior Research Scientist. She is also affiliated with the Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center.

    She is an expert in the area of consumer demand for health insurance and related benefits, and studies the effects of public policy on the availability and cost of private insurance, eligibility and participation in public insurance, and impacts of insurance on access to care, use of services, and health care spending. Particular foci for this research have included the Medicaid and SCHIP expansions, private market insurance reform, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Part D, and most recently, the Affordable Care Act.

    In the past several years she has applied this research to individuals with cancer and their treatment, with specific expertise in lung, colorectal, and hematologic malignancies. Recent research has examined the relationship between supplemental insurance in the Medicare population and the economic burden of cancer, and how Medicare coverage influences access to oral cancer medications. Ongoing research focuses on reimbursement policy and trends in use and spending on oral and parenteral antineoplastic agents, as well as early evaluation of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on cancer survivors.

    Dr. Davidoff’s research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, The Commonwealth Fund, Robert Wood Johnson’s Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) program, and the Kaiser Family Foundation. She has published over 110 papers and policy briefs. Dr. Davidoff earned her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    She comes to Yale from the Center for Finance, Access and Cost Trends at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Prior to joining AHRQ in 2012, she was an Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy (2006-2012), Assistant Professor of Public Policy at University of Maryland Baltimore County (2004-2006), and Senior Research Associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

  • Lingrui Liu

    Associate Research Scientist in Public Health (Health Policy)

    Lingrui Liu is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, and Yale’s Global Health Leadership Initiative. Prior to joining the Yale School of Public Health research faculty in fall of 2018, she obtained an ScD (Doctor of Science) from Harvard University in healthcare system management and organizational studies (2018), as well as an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania (2012). Her research in the field of healthcare management and policy is informed by interdisciplinary training in culture and linguistics studies, econometrics, health policy, organizational behavior, and general management. Her past experience includes work as a consultant at the World Bank.

    Professional Affiliations: 

    Member, Academy of Management

    Member, AcademyHealth

    Member, Organizational Theory in Health Care Association

    Other Academic Appointment: 

    Adjunct Affiliate, Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University

    Stanford, CA, United States

  • Fauzia Aman Malik

    Associate Research Scientist and Special Advisor to the Dean for Global Research & Initiatives

    Fauzia Aman Malik PhD, MSc. is the Special Advisor to the Dean for Global Health Research and Initiatives at the Yale School of Public Health, and an Associate Research Scientist at the Department of Health Policy and Management. She also serves as an Adjunct Assistant professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University, Atlanta. Born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan, Fauzia has been living and working on four continents in global health for 20 years. As a trained Medical Anthropologist, she specializes in ethnographic, participatory mixed methods research, and designing and evaluation of community-based health programs that address the needs of vulnerable populations. She has designed and implemented several projects with organizations such as Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, the Aga Khan University (Pakistan), National Institute of Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, German Development Agency (GTZ), GAVI, IVI, UNICEP and UNFPA.

    Her research has focused on health disparities and access to care, most recently for people living with HIV in the era of 2010 health reform namely the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In this ethnographic work, she explored how the ACA policy becomes implementable into day to day life of clinics providing care within the fragmented American healthcare system, how the policies translate access to care into lived experience for people living with HIV, and how this ‘social life of policy’ informs and directs the strategic processes of institutional and social changes. 

    Currently, she is involved in several studies that look at interventions to improve vaccination coverage for pregnant women and their children in Pakistan, Kenya, Mozambique, Guatemala, India, and the United States. 

    Fauzia has also conducted a variety of trainings for mid-level healthcare managers and taught graduate level courses as a faculty including Community-based Participatory Action ResearchCritical Issues in Global HealthQualitative Research Methods, and Qualitative Data Analysis.


  • Rene Almeling

    Associate Professor of Sociology, History of Medicine, American Studies, and Public Health (Health Policy)

    In my research and teaching, I focus on issues associated with gender and medicine. Using a range of historical, qualitative, and quantitative methods, I examine questions about how biological bodies and cultural norms interact to influence scientific knowledge, medical markets, and individual experiences. My first book, Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm (University of California Press, 2011), received awards from the American Sociological Association and the American Anthropological Association. In 2013, I was honored to receive the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Research, one of Yale’s highest honors.

    Currently, I am researching and writing my second book, Guynecology: Men, Medical Knowledge, and Reproduction (under contract with the University of California Press). Funded by a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation, this project examines the history of medical knowledge-making about men’s reproduction and its consequences for individual men. In addition, I am writing articles based on two original surveys, one on women’s bodily experiences of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and the second on Americans’ attitudes toward genetic risk (with Shana Gadarian, funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).

  • David Fiellin

    Professor of Medicine (General Medicine), of Emergency Medicine, and of Public Health; Professor, Investigative Medicine; Director, Yale Program in Addiction Medicine; Director, Health Services and Research Core, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA), Yale School of Public Health

    Research Interests
    • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
    • Alcoholism
    • Buprenorphine
    • Health Policy
    • HIV
    • Internal Medicine
    • Opioid-Related Disorders
    • Substance Abuse Detection
    • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

    Dr. Fiellin has focused his scholarly work on the interface between primary care, HIV and addiction. He is a primary care internist Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine.  He serves as the inaugural Director of the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine. He conducts research on the transfer of treatment strategies, including opioid agonist maintenance with methadone and buprenorphine, from specialized settings to office-based, primary care, Emergency Department and HIV specialty settings. He has served as Principal Investigator on multiple NIH-funded trials and directed the SAMHSA Physician Clinical Support System for buprenorphine. He is the Director of the Community Research and Implementation Core at Yale's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. He has received awards including the Nyswander/Dole Award from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, the 2008 Annual Award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Excellence in Mentorship Award from AMERSA and the Dan Anderson Research Award from the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation. He has served on the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Drug Control Research, Data, and Evaluation Advisory Committee, and the World Health Organization and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Technical Guideline Development Group for psychosocially assisted pharmacologic treatment of opioid dependence. He served as Chair of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's, Treatment Improvement Protocol on Treatment of Viral Hepatitis in Patients with Substance Use Disorders and on the Editorial Boards of Substance Abuse and the Journal of Addiction Medicine and is Co-Editor of Alcohol, Other Drugs & Health: Current Evidence and the Principles of Addiction Medicine, 4th, 5th and 6th Edition. He has served on the Board of Directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and as Co-Chair of the Substance Abuse Task Force for the Society of General Internal Medicine.

  • Alan Gerber

    Dean of the Social Sciences Division, Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science and Professor in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, of Economics and of Public Health (Health Policy)

    Alan Gerber is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University where he teaches courses on experimental methods, statistics, and American politics. His current research focuses on the application of experimental methods to the study of campaign communications, and he has designed and performed experimental evaluations of many campaigns and fundraising programs, both partisan and non-partisan in nature.

    His experimental research has appeared in numerous academic journals including the leading journals in political science: the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, as well as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He currently serves as an editor of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

    He has received various academic honors and awards, including the Heinz Eulau Award for the best article in the American Political Science Review (2002), and was recently selected to be a fellow-in-residence at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (2004-2005).

  • Amy Justice

    C.N.H. Long Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and Professor of Public Health (Health Policy); Co-Leader, Cancer Microbiology

    Research Interests
    • Aging
    • Chronic Disease
    • Health Policy
    • Internal Medicine
    • Medical Oncology
    • Veterans
    • HIV Infections

    Dr. Justice is a Clinical Epidemiologist who has developed multiple large national cohorts based on data from the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System Electronic Medical Record enhanced with National Death Index and CMS data, patient completed surveys, DNA and tissue repositories, and stored pathology samples. She has two decades of experience in the processes required to clean, validate, and standardize raw EMR data and in its analysis using standard statistical methods, machine learning techniques, and cross cohort validations. The oldest and best known of her projects is the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS). VACS is an ongoing, longitudinal study of >170,000 United States veterans with and without HIV infection continuously funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1996. She has developed and validated widely used indices including a prognostic index, the VACS Index, and a patient reported symptom index, the HIV Symptom Index. She is the principal investigator of the National Cancer Institute provocative questions grant HIV and Aging Mechanisms for Hepatocellular Cancer, has published over 400 peer reviewed manuscripts, and has presented work at the United Nations, The International AIDS Society, The Royal Medical College in London, the White House, and Congress. She is a member of the National Cancer Institute Ad hoc Subcommittee on HIV and AIDS Malignancy and the HIV and Aging Working Group, NIH Office of AIDS Research. She has recently joined the International Advisory Boards of Lancet HIV and Journal of the International AIDS Society.  

  • Edward Kaplan

    William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research and Professor of Public Health; Professor of Engineering; Professor of Public Health

    Research Interests
    • HIV
    • Statistics

    Edward H. Kaplan obtained his BA from McGill University with First Class Honors in Economic and Urban Geography, and proceeded to graduate study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he completed three masters’ degrees (in Operations Research, City Planning, and Mathematics) in addition to his doctorate in Urban Studies. He currently serves as the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences at the Yale School of Management, Professor of Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine, and Professor of Engineering in the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. An elected member of both the National Academy of Engineering (2003) and the Institute of Medicine (2004), Kaplan is an expert in operations research, mathematical modeling and statistics who studies problems in public policy and management. His recent research has focused on counterterror topics such as the tactical prevention of suicide bombings, bioterror preparedness, and response logistics in the event of a smallpox or anthrax attack. His work on smallpox was awarded the 2003 Koopman Prize of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Military Applications Society, while his models evaluating suicide-bomber-detector schemes received the same award in 2005. Kaplan serves on the National Academy of Sciences panel on basic research to improve intelligence analysis, and co-directs the Daniel Rose Technion-Yale Initiative in Homeland Security and Counter Terror Operations Research. Kaplan has also conducted award-winning research that evaluates the effectiveness of HIV prevention programs while developing new mathematical models for the study of HIV transmission, prevention, and resource allocation. His empirical and modeling research demonstrating the effectiveness of New Haven’s needle exchange program remains among the most creative and important examples of HIV prevention program evaluation to date. Honors for his HIV-related research include induction into the Omega Rho operations research honor society in 2000, the 2002 INFORMS President’s Award recognizing work that advances the welfare of society, the 1997 Ira Hiscock Award of the Connecticut Public Health Association, the 1994 Lanchester Prize for the best publications in the operations research literature, the 1992 Franz Edelman Award for management science achievement, the 1991 State of Connecticut Health Department’s AIDS Leadership Award, the 2009 Charles C. Shepard Science Award from the Centers for Disease Control, and the INFORMS Philip Morse Lectureship for 2010-11. Kaplan served twice as the Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem—in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine in 1994, and in the Department of Statistics in 1997 -- and is also an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. For all of his contributions to the operations research profession, Kaplan was designated an INFORMS Fellow in November 2005.

  • Marissa King

    Professor of Organizational Behavior and Professor of Public Health

    Professor Kings' research examines factors associated with the adoption, diffusion, and utilization of mental health medications. In general, her research analyzes the spatial and temporal dimensions of innovation and contagion. To understand how large-scale social transformations arise from local social networks, she has studied cases ranging from the rise in autism prevalence during the past decade to the organizational foundations of the antislavery movement in the late 19th century. Her research appears in journals such as American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Administrative Science Quarterly.

  • Harlan Krumholz

    Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, of Investigative Medicine and of Public Health (Health Policy); Director, Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale-New Haven Hospital

    Research Interests
    • Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Diseases
    • Epidemiologic Methods
    • Health Policy
    • Heart Failure
    • Investigative Techniques
    • Myocardial Infarction
    • Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation

    Harlan Krumholz is a cardiologist and health care researcher at Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital. He received a BS from Yale, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and a Masters in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Director of the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), one of the nation’s first and most productive research units dedicated to producing innovations to improve patient outcomes and promote better population health. He is also a Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, which prepares talented physicians to become future health care leaders.

    Dr. Krumholz has been honored by membership in the Institute of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He was named a Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart Association. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology and the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and was appointed by the U.S. government to the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He is a 2014 recipient of the Friendship Award from the People’s Republic of China in recognition of his collaborative efforts to develop a national cardiovascular research network.

    Dr. Krumholz is the editor of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, and editor of CardioExchange, a social media site of the publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine. He has published more than 800 articles and is the author of two books, one on smoking cessation and another on reducing the risk of heart disease. He has a regular blog on and has contributed to the New York Times Wellness blog, the New York Times op-ed page, and National Public Radio Shots blog.

  • Edieal Pinker

    Deputy Dean and BearingPoint Professor of Operations Research

    Professor Pinker’s research in healthcare looks at questions related to patient flow and capacity management within both in-patient and out-patient settings. In the out-patient setting he has studied the division of labor in primary care practices and advanced access appointment scheduling systems. In the in-patient setting he has studied how bed configurations can impact access to care and how congestion in ICUs impacts patient flow. He is currently involved in several projects investigating the use of the Rothman Index as a predictive tool to inform clinical decision making. Outside of healthcare he has done research on service supply chains, the use of flexible workforces, online auctions and responses to terrorist threats among others. He serves on the editorial boards of several leading journals in his field. Pinker has consulted for the United States Postal Service, the financial services industry and the auto industry. His work has been published in leading journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Production and Operations Management, and the Communications of the Association of Computing Machinery.

  • Robert Rosenheck

    Professor of Psychiatry and of Health Policy

    Research Interests
    • Criminology
    • Humanities
    • Quality of Life
    • Public Sector
    • Substance-Related Disorders
    • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
    • Federal Government
    • Psychiatry and Psychology
    • Health Care

    Dr. Robert Rosenheck is Professor of Psychiatry, Public Health and at the Child Study Center at Yale Medical School where he is also Director of the Division of Mental Health Services and Outcomes Research in the Department of Psychiatry. He is an internationally known mental health service researcher who is leader in cost-effectiveness studies of behavioral health interventions and in monitoring quality of care and other aspects of the performance of large health care system. He was responsible for the cost-effectiveness components of the recent NIMH-funded Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE) schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease trials as well as five multi-site VA Cooperative Studies. As founding Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Northeast Program Evaluation Center he spent 22 years evaluating, disseminating, and monitoring innovative mental health programs across the VA system including: (i) several hundred specialized programs for homeless veterans; (ii) a national network of 100 Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams for veterans who suffer from severe and persistent mental illnesses; (iii) a variety of specialized programs for veterans suffering from war-related PTSD and iv. a national network of work restoration programs. Beginning in 1994 he published the annual Mental Health Report Card for the Department of Veterans Affairs (see He was a prime architect of national VA collaborative programs with both the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Social Security Administration. He also directed both the client-level evaluation of the ACCESS program for homeless mentally ill Americans, for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services and the joint HUD-HHS-VA Collaborative Initiative on Chronic Homelessness. He has published more than 800 scientific papers on topics such as performance evaluation of large mental health systems, mental health quality of care, the causes of homelessness, the organization and financing of mental health services, and the cost-effectiveness of psychosocial and psychopharmacological treatments of serious mental illness, homelessness, and PTSD among war veterans. He has conducted global mental health services research in China, Brazil, Nigeria, and Ghana. He has received awards for his work from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Public Health Association, among others

  • Joseph Ross

    Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Public Health (Health Policy and Management)

    Research Interests
    • Delivery of Health Care
    • Health Services Research
    • Pharmaceutical Services
    • Quality of Health Care

    Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS, is a Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Public Health (Health Policy and Management), a member of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, and an Co-Director of the National Clinician Scholars program (NCSP) at Yale. He completed his undergraduate degrees in biological science: neuroscience and psychology at the University of Rochester and his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. After completing his post-graduate training in primary care internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, Dr. Ross was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at Yale, earning a Master’s degree in health sciences research. Using health services research methods, Dr. Ross’s research focuses on examining factors which affect the use or delivery of recommended ambulatory care services for older adults and other vulnerable populations, evaluating the impact of state and federal policies on the delivery of appropriate and higher quality care, and issues related to pharmaceutical and medical device regulation, evidence development, postmarket surveillance, and clinical adoption. In addition, he collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team of investigators under contract for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop statistical models that are used to measure and publicly report hospital and ambulatory care clinical outcomes using administrative data. Dr. Ross co-directs the Yale-Mayo Clinic Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), the Yale Open Data Access (YODA) Project, and the Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) at Yale Law School. Dr. Ross is currently the U.S. Outreach and Research Editor at BMJ.

  • Fiona Scott Morton

    Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics

    Fiona M. Scott Morton is the Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of Management where she has been on the faculty since 1999. Her area of academic research is empirical industrial organization, with a focus on empirical studies of competition in areas such as pricing, entry, and product differentiation. Her published articles range widely across industries, from magazines, to shipping, to pharmaceuticals, to internet retailing, and are published in leading economics journals. From 2011-12 Professor Scott Morton served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she helped enforce the nation’s antitrust laws. At Yale SOM she teaches courses in the area of competitive strategy.

  • Prathibha Varkey

    Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Health Policy and Management

    Dr. Prathibha Varkey is the President & CEO of the Northeast Medical Group (NEMG) and Senior Vice President of Yale New Haven Health. NEMG is home to 835 physicians and advanced care practitioners serving Yale New Haven, Bridgeport, Greenwich and Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals and over 120 outpatient clinic sites in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. Dr. Varkey is president of the American College of Medical Quality and a member of their Board of Trustees. She is also adjunct professor of Medicine and of Preventive Medicine at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Varkey is the editor of two books: Medical Quality Management, and Preventive Medicine and Public Health and author of more than 75 publications.

    Dr. Varkey previously served as the CEO of the Clinical Enterprise, a large multispecialty group at Seton Family Healthcare, Austin, Texas as well as in a number of leadership positions at Mayo Clinic, including as the Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine; medical director of Ask Mayo Clinic (national nurse triage line); medical director of the Value Program at the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of healthcare delivery; vice chair of the Mayo Clinic Outpatient Practice Committee & program director for the Mayo Preventive Medicine Fellowship.

    Dr. Varkey is the recipient of many national awards including the American Medical Association Foundation Physician Leadership award, the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach award, the American College of Medical Quality President’s award, the Mayo Clinic individual excellence award, the American Medical Women’s Association Exceptional Mentoring Award and the World Woman leadership congress visionary woman leadership award.

    Dr. Varkey earned her MBBS (MD equivalent) from the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India; a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Masters of Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois Chicago and a Masters of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Voluntary & Adjunct

  • Daren Anderson

    Dr. Daren Anderson is a general internist who has worked in safety net practices for his entire career. Dr. Anderson is the Director of the Weitzman Institute, a research and innovations center dedicated to improving primary care for underserved populations, based in Middletown, CT.  The Weitzman Institute is engaged in research aimed at improving primary care delivery and reducing inequality in healthcare with a principal focus in the areas of health disparities, telehealth, and pain and opioid abuse treatment in primary care.  Weitzman quality improvement and education staff lead a range of initiatives focused on practice transformation and workforce development. In addition, Dr. Anderson is VP/Chief Quality Officer of Community Health Center, Inc., a large, multisite community health center providing primary care to over 145,000 medically underserved patients across Connecticut.

    Dr. Anderson obtained his undergraduate degree at Harvard College and his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

  • Unni Krishnan Karunakara

    Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health

    Dr. Unni Karunakara was International President of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) from 2010-2013. He has been a humanitarian worker and a public health professional for more than two decades, with extensive experience in the delivery of health care to populations affected by conflict, disasters, epidemics, and neglect in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. He was Medical Director of the MSF’s Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines (2005-2007) and co-founded VIVO, an organisation that works toward overcoming and preventing traumatic stress and its consequences. Karunakara serves on the Board of Directors of Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) India and MSF Holland.  

    Dr Karunakara was a Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University from 2014-2017. He has held various academic and research fellowships at universities in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Germany and the United Kingdom, focusing on the demography of forced migration and the delivery of health care to neglected populations affected by conflict, disasters and epidemics. Karunakara served as the Deputy Director of Health of the Earth Institute, Millennium Villages Project (2008-2010), and was Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health (2008-2017), both at Columbia University. Karunakara is a Visiting Professor at Manipal University.


  • Marna Borgstrom

    Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy); President and CEO, Yale New Haven Health System

    Marna Borgstrom began her career at Yale-New Haven Hospital more than 30 years ago. Her varied roles have taken her from a post-graduate fellowship, to various staff and management roles, to her 1994 promotion to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2005, she was appointed President and CEO of both Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System.

    The Yale New Haven Health System, which has $2 billion in revenues and employs 13,000 people in Connecticut, includes Bridgeport and Greenwich Hospitals as well.

    She serves on several national boards, including VHA, Inc. in Dallas, the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Healthcare Executives Study Society. Closer to home, she serves on the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and Greater New Haven Regional Leadership Council. She was previously Chair of the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and served on the Boards of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the United Way of Greater New Haven and the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Board and Executive Committee.

    Marna has been the recipient of several awards recognizing her community involvement, including ADL’s Torch of Liberty Award, YMCA’s Women In Leadership Award, Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, New Haven Business Times’ 20 Noteworthy Women, Hill Health Center’s Leadership Award, Connecticut Women in Leadership Award and she is a member of the Gateway Community College Hall of Fame.Marna Borgstrom began her career at Yale-New Haven Hospital more than 30 years ago. Her varied roles have taken her from a post-graduate fellowship, to various staff and management roles, to her 1994 promotion to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2005, she was appointed President and CEO of both Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. The Yale New Haven Health System, which has $2 billion in revenues and employs 13,000 people in Connecticut, includes Bridgeport and Greenwich Hospitals as well. She serves on several national boards, including VHA, Inc. in Dallas, the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Healthcare Executives Study Society.

    Marna has been the recipient of several awards recognizing her community involvement, including ADL’s Torch of Liberty Award, YMCA’s Women In Leadership Award, Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, New Haven Business Times’ 20 Noteworthy Women, Hill Health Center’s Leadership Award, Connecticut Women in Leadership Award and she is a member of the Gateway Community College Hall of Fame.

  • Marguerite Callaway

    Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

    A faculty member at the Yale School of Public Health and Foundation for Professional Development in South Africa since 2005, Marguerite Callaway has developed and delivered online and face-to-face leadership development and management training globally. She has collaborated with the YSPH Global Health Leadership Institute’s programs in both China and South Africa.

    Ms. Callaway’s life’s work has been to understand the conditions that foster leadership effectiveness and organizational success. She’s a recognized expert in leadership development, systems thinking and strategic management and human motivation in work settings. She has served on several company boards, and is a frequent speaker in domestic and international settings. She has written three books and is the Founder/President of Callaway Companies, which includes an international leadership development and management training company, an international management consultancy focused on the healthcare segment, and a multimedia communications production company. Her client roster includes companies in forty-six states in the USA, the UK, four African countries and China.

  • Teresa Chahine

    Sheila and Ron ’92 B.A. Marcelo Senior Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship

    Teresa Chahine is the inaugural Sheila and Ron ’92 Marcelo Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the Yale School of Management. She is the author of "Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship," a twelve step framework for building impactful ventures in new and existing organizations. Dr. Chahine's research focuses on developing tools to characterize and advance social and environmental determinants of health. She launched the first social entrepreneurship program in the context of public health, at Harvard University. She was also responsible for launching the first venture philanthropy organization in her home country of Lebanon, providing tailored financing and critical management support to social enterprises serving marginalized populations through education and job creation for youth and women.

    Dr. Chahine has published widely on financing, measuring, and scaling social impact. She has worked on social innovation and sustainable development within corporate, governmental, academic and non-profit organizations. Among these are the United States Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations Populations Fund, Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, Malaysian Directors Academy, Sichuan University, Kazakhstan School of Public Health, and Amani Institute in Brazil. She was the recipient of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's inaugural Elizabeth T. Weintz humanitarian research award in 2016 and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's emerging leader in public health award in 2017.

  • Richard D'Aquila

    Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

    Mr. D'Aquila received his graduate degree in hospital administration from Yale School of Medicine and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Central Connecticut State University. Before joining Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2006, he was a senior vice president and chief operating officer of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Previously, D’Aquila was executive vice president and chief operating officer at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.

  • Martha Dale

    Lecturer in Health Policy; Consultant and lecturer for Yale-IMD Hospital Management and Leadership Program

    Martha works with the Yale School of Public Health as a lecturer in health management and as a member of the teaching faculty for the Yale-IMD Hospital Management and Leadership Program based in Beijing, China and New Haven, CT. Ms. Dale most recently has worked at Yale as the director for China programs at the Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) of Yale University’s School of Public Health. She had primary responsibility for the Yale-Tsinghua University collaborative with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Yale-Tsinghua Certificate Program in International Healthcare Management Program. Martha also had been a member of the Leadership Saves Lives project, the Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative and the Liberian Healthcare Management Program of Yale University and the Clinton Foundation. Prior to her work at Yale, she was the executive director of Leeway, an AIDS-dedicated skilled nursing facility and supportive housing provider. Ms. Dale has also worked at several other Connecticut non-profit organizations, including serving as the executive director of Woodlake at Tolland nursing facility, executive director of Duncaster lifecare community and vice president of Hartford Hospital. She currently serves on the board of Grace Cottage Hospital in Townsend, VT.

  • Henry Dove

    Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

    Henry G. Dove, Ph.D. received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and his doctorate in operations research/health services research from the Yale University School of Management.

    He is the former director of Yale University-West Haven Veterans Health Services Research program; his research focused on innovative methods for quality assurance.

    He was a founding officer of Iris Corporation, a startup company that developed software products for

    • Assisting hospitals in conducting utilization review, discharge planning, concurrent DRG assignment, infection control, and operating room analyses
    • Profiling physicians’ treatment patterns for utilization review and quality improvement.

    He is currently president of Case-mix Analytics, LLC which conducts specialized analyses based on provider payment systems used by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. Its engagements usually involve huge datasets, various patient classification/severity adjustment systems {DRGs, RBRVS, APR-DRGs}, applied statistical methods and financial modeling to analyze utilization patterns, costs and health care quality. Its clients are hedge funds, private equity firms and health care providers. Other projects have employed cost-effectiveness, Markov and discrete event simulation models.

    Dr. Dove has taught quantitative courses in health care finance and management science for more than 25 years at the Yale School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy & Management, where he has won three teaching awards.

    Some of his other honors include author of “Best Article of The Year” — awarded by Disease Management Association of America (2003, with I. Duncan); “Distinguished Teacher of the Year,” Yale School of Public Health (1994); Finalist, American College of Medical Practice Executives & Medical Group Management Association (2006); Health Insurance Association of America Faculty Fellow (1992); “Gerson-Lehrman Scholar”; and Guidepoint Global Health Care Finance Expert.

    Current Interests

    • Patient Classification Systems for Reimbursement and Outcomes Assessment.
    • Risk Adjustment Systems for Paying and Evaluating Health Plans and Providers
    • Forecasting the Impact of Medicare Payment System Changes on Health Care Providers’ Profitability
    • Disease Modeling (Markov models and cost-effectiveness analyses for clinical decision-making and evaluating medical devices and pharmaceutical agents)
    • Evaluating Disease Management and Wellness Programs.
  • Heather Fosburgh

    Project Manager; Lecturer, Health Policy and Management

    Heather Fosburgh is currently the Project Manager for the Cohen Lab team.  She manages Dr. Cohen's grant portfolio and focuses on grant writing, collaborating with partners, report writing, budget development and subcontract communication.  Ms. Fosburgh is also responsible overall financial management.  Her main role is working with the Moldovan research team in partnership with the Cohen Lab project:  Implementation and evaluation of universal whole genome sequencing of M. tuberculosis in the Republic of Moldova to inform public health interventions.

    Previously she worked at the Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs as the Director of Programs and Outreach for The Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows program.  Prior to that she worked at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI), as a Program Manager.  Heather worked on health system strengthening in Africa, South East Asia and the Caribbean and often led workshops on financial management; leadership, management and governance practices; and strategic problem solving in GHLI’s certificate and master’s-level education programs.  She continues to hold a lectureship position in the Health Policy and Management Department at YSPH.   

    Ms. Fosburgh has her MPH in Health Policy and Management, with a certificate in Global Health, from the Yale School of Public Health and her MS in Political Science and Community Development from Illinois State University. She received her BA in Mass Communication with Honors at Purdue University.


  • James Hamblin

    Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

    Dr. Hamblin is board certified in public health and general preventive medicine. He is a staff writer at The Atlantic magazine, where he also served for six years as a senior editor. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Politico, PBS, and Vice. He is the author of If Our Bodies Could Talk (Doubleday, 2016) and a forthcoming book on the skin care industry and skin microbiome, Clean (Riverhead, 2020). He has spoken at TED Med, South by Southwest, Aspen Ideas Festival, National Academies of Sciences, and the Global Ideas Forum. 

  • Lecturer

    Andrew serves on the faculty of the Yale School of Public School. He specializes in Regulatory Affairs, Global Health, and Behavioral Sciences.

    Andrew also founded Project Rousseau, an education non-profit, and The Rousseau Foundation, a private foundation. Andrew serves on the Fund Development Council at Columbia University, on the Board of Directors of PARC Adventures Monaco and HIAS.

  • Martin Klein

    Senior Advisor (Dean's Office) and Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy); Executive Director, Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, Health Policy & Management

    Martin Klein, Ph.D., M.P.H. is the Senior Advisor to the dean of the Yale School of Public Health. He is also the founder and Director of InnovateHealth Yale, a program in social impact and entrepreneurship and the co-founder and Executive Director of the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health (CCCH). He previously served as the Associate Dean for Development and External Affairs at the Yale School of Public Health, and was responsible for the offices of development, alumni relations, and communications. Martin came to the School from Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where he was Associate Dean for Student Services and Administrative Operations. Prior to joining Yale, he was the Associate Dean for Primary Care at New York Medical College, where he co-founded and co-led the Center for Primary Care Education and Research. He was an Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine and taught a variety of topics, including managed care, medical informatics, and physician communication skills. Earlier in his career, Martin held positions with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget and the New York City Department of Health. He received his M.P.H. from Yale and his Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. He completed additional training in pedagogy as a Harvard Macy Scholar.

  • Sanjeev Kumar

    Lecturer of Public Health (Health Policy & Management)

    Sanjeev Kumar is a Lecturer of Health Economics and Health Policy at the Department of Health Policy and Management and works in collaboration with the Human Nature Lab at the Yale Institute for Network Science at Yale University. Dr. Kumar received his post-doctoral training at Yale, did his Ph.D. (Economics) from Southern Methodist University (SMU), Texas. Dr. Kumar areas of specialization are health economics and global health. His recent research projects investigate the role that health plays in the formation of risk preference, social networks, crime and incarceration, and political ideology. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses—Cost Effectiveness Analysis, Advanced Health Economics, Microeconomic Theory, and Genetics and Economics—at Yale, University of Rwanda, Makelle University (Ethiopia), University of Memphis, and SMU.

  • Mary Alice Lee

    Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

    Mary Alice Lee is a Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research and teaching is focused on improving health and health care for children, pregnant women, and families. For over twenty years, Dr. Lee directed state-funded independent monitoring and policy analysis of enrollment trends, maternal health and birth outcomes, and children’s health services in Connecticut’s HUSKY Program (Medicaid and CHIP). Since 2015, Dr. Lee has worked with colleagues in Bhutan and at the Bhutan Foundation to strengthen health research capacity at the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences. In 2014, Dr. Lee was a Lecturer at the Yale University Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Prior to completing a doctoral degree in epidemiology at Yale University, Dr. Lee was a nurse, nurse-midwife and nurse-midwifery educator.

  • Erika Linnander

    Director 3; Director, Global Health Leadership Initiative

    Research Interests
    • Institutional Management Teams
    • Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation
    • Health Care

    Erika Linnander directs Yale's Global Health Leadership Initiative, where she develops and leads education and research in health management across country settings. A lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, Ms. Linnander teaches management, quality improvement, and strategic problem solving across Yale’s certificate and master’s-level education programs. Over the past decade, she has designed, led, and evaluated health management programming in China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Rwanda, and South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

    In the US, her research and practice has focused on the creation of effective organizational culture in healthcare (she recently led the design and development the successful “Leadership Saves Lives” intervention to promote organizational culture change in US hospitals). Globally, she has focused on the development of national management and governance systems as leverage points for improving health system performance and population health outcomes. She has supported a number of novel, large-scale mentorship and education programs in health and hospital management, the development of hospital and district-level governing boards, the creation of national quality improvement collaboratives in resource limited settings, and the establishment of national tools and systems to measure and improve hospital and primary care system performance. She currently serves as the principal investigator for Primary Healthcare Transformation Initiative, a multi-year effort to create a culture of performance management and accountability in Ethiopia's district health offices, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  She also serves as the principal investigator of the Expanded Program on Immunization Leadership and Management Programme (EPI LAMP), a Gavi-funded effort to build leadership and management capacity among teams of senior managers and Ministry officials with responsibility for immunization program performance from across Africa and Asia.

    Ms. Linnander also uses innovative implementation science research methods to evaluate prospective interventions to improve health and health equity in and across complex systems within and across country settings. She currently serves as the principal investigator for the USAID-funded mixed-methods evaluation of Project Last Mile (PLM), a multi-country effort to translate the supply chain and logistics expertise of the Coca-Cola system to public sector medical supply chain organizations across Africa.

    In addition to her academic expertise and practical experience in global health management, she possesses significant operational experience in hospital settings. Prior to joining the Yale team, she worked in hospital administration at the Johns Hopkins Health System. Ms. Linnander received her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.

  • Jeannie Mantopoulos


    Jeannie Mantopoulos is Director of Field Programs for Yale’s Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI). She is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of GHLI’s research and education programs. Ms. Mantopoulos oversees programs in Ethiopia, Rwanda, China, South Africa, the U.K. and the U.S. Ms. Mantopoulos also provides technical and operational leadership for GHLI’s leadership development programs including USAID’s LMG Senior Leadership Programs in East Africa and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining GHLI in 2008, Ms. Mantopoulos gained experience at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She received her B.A. from CUNY Honors College and her M.P.H. from the Yale School of Public Health.

  • Zahirah McNatt

    Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

    Research Interests
    • Ethiopia
    • Health Policy
    • Human Rights
    • Public Health
    • Global Health

    Zahirah McNatt, MHSA, is a doctoral candidate (DrPH) at the Mailman School of Public Health and a senior research associate with the Syrian Refugee Initiative. Zahirah is currently wrapping up a study focused on the impact of host-country healthcare policy on Syrian refugees residing in urban settings in Jordan. She is also taking on new work aimed at studying the effectiveness of emergency education programs for children in adversity in central and east Africa. Prior to joining the program, Zahirah spent 10 years managing and implementing projects in health and human rights. Most recently, she served as Director for Leadership Education and Practice at Yale’s Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI). Her role involved the management of research and intervention activities and the facilitation of leadership development programs for various audiences including senior government officials, policy makers and administrators (Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Togo, Cambodia). Zahirah spent 3 years in Ethiopia working to improve hospital quality through the creation of degree programs, national quality improvement initiatives and health systems research. She has also worked to develop chronic disease outreach programs and educational opportunities for ministries, NGOs, physicians and administrators. Zahirah supported the development of strategies for improving access to services for people with disabilities who reside in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Sudan and Zambia and has extended this work to South East Asia. Her current interest is in facilitating the creation of innovative and effective approaches to health and education in crisis-affected contexts. Zahirah has a BA from Cornell University and an MHSA from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.

  • Michael Skonieczny

    Deputy Director Yale Institute for Global Health

    Michael Skonieczny is Deputy Director for the Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) and Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy). Mr. Skonieczny was the director of public policy for Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, where he led the organization’s advocacy efforts focused on expanding U.S. financial support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Prior to Friends, he was a senior public policy officer at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where he focused on global AIDS funding, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, pediatric treatment and related issues. Mr. Skonieczny was also a legislative assistant to Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), staffing her on appropriations and health-related issues. He has a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.P.A. from George Washington University.

  • Jonathan Smith

    Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

    Jonathan is a lecturer in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases and Global Health at Yale University School of Public Health. His research focuses on infectious disease transmission dynamics, with a focus on TB and HIV among miners and migrants in sub-Saharan Africa. He is an affiliate of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute and founding director of Visual Epidemiology, a non-profit organization seeking to combine academic discourse with personal narratives through filmmaking.

  • Stephanie Spangler

    Vice Provost for Health Affairs and Academic Integrity; University Title IX Coordinator; Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services

    Dr. Spangler joined the Office of the Provost in 1995 and serves as provostial liaison for the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, Yale University Health Services, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and other health and biomedical units. She also oversees the Provost's Office of Academic Integrity, established in 2011, working with colleagues throughout the University to fortify and consolidate programs and procedures relating to academic integrity. Additionally, she is charged with leadership of University-wide Title IX compliance and related initiatives.

    Before assuming her present position, Dr. Spangler served as Director of Yale University Health Services, a health care delivery system serving faculty, employees, students, and their dependents. Dr. Spangler did her residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and holds an appointment as Clinical Professor in the Yale School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. From 2009 to 2011, she also held the position of Associate Vice President for West Campus Planning.

  • Richard Stahl

    Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic) and Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

    Dr. Richard Stahl is the senior associate dean for strategic relationships at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. He had more than 35 years of leadership experience from the Yale New Haven Health System, where he served as vice president for clinical services. While at the Yale New Haven Health System, Stahl served in several leadership roles, including assistant medical director of surgery, the Emergency Department; co-director, Yale Comprehensive Breast Center; associate chief of the Department of Surgery; associate chief of staff; executive director, Perioperative Services; and vice president of the Ambulatory Services Division. He also was a member of the senior operations group.

    Stahl earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University and completed his residency training in general surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he served as chief resident. He also completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Emory University, where he also served as chief resident. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Emory and a MBA from the University of New Haven.

    Stahl maintains a clinical practice in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Guilford.


  • Professor Emeritus of Public Health (Health Policy) and Associate Professor in the Child Study Center

    Sally Horowitz served as head of the Division of Health Policy and Administration and is a professor emeritus of public health. She was among the first to bring rigorous analytic methods to the study of psychosocial influences on the functional outcomes of vulnerable children. Horwitz has also been a leader in transforming her research into improved pediatric practice and policies. Dr. Horwitz has conducted several intervention evaluations including: (1) an evaluation of information technology training and an intensive case management intervention for an HRSA–sponsored Community Access Project grant; (2) 18-month outcomes under Connecticut’s Welfare Reform Experiment; (3) the impact on children’s functioning of a multidimensional assessment designed specifically for children entering foster care; and (4) the effect on diagnosis and management of psychosocial problems by primary care pediatricians of a web-based tool to gather developmental, emotional and behavioral data from parents.

    She has been involved in a number of projects examining critical issues in the implementation of evidence-based practices in mental health and child welfare systems, including the IDEAS study and The Adoption of Innovations.

  • Professor Emeritus of and Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

    The emeritus C.-E.A. Winslow Professor of Public Health, Jekel’s research focused on teenage pregnancy, outcomes for teenage mothers and their babies, cocaine abuse as well as high fevers in infancy and intrauterine growth retardation. Jekel was director of medical studies and acting head of the Division of Health Services Administration, director of the School of Medicine's Preventive Medicine Residency Program and assistant director of its Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program.