Leadership | Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

Leadership

  • Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D.

    Interim Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
    Professor and Chief, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Health Policy and Management

    CHPR’s interim Director Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D., was recruited to UC Davis in Fall 2015. He is a professor and chief of the Division of Health Policy and Management in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Hoch’s experience is in health services research and health economics. He pursues research that makes health economics more useful to decisionmakers. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Hoch has taught health economics classes in the United States and internationally. His extensive research, teaching and mentoring experience with students, fellows and faculty has expanded CHPR’s capacity to conduct and communicate cost-effectiveness research.

    Dr. Hoch is internationally known for his research studying value in healthcare using applied cost-effectiveness methods. He has given over 250 invited presentations in 15 countries and published more than 200 scientific papers in a variety of different areas from cancer to mental health. Dr. Hoch is an award-winning teacher with research collaborations around the world and serves on the California Technology Assessment Forum and the BMC Cancer journal editorial board.

    Dr. Hoch’s day-to-day management of CHPR’s staff is supported by the interim associate director as well as a leadership team comprised of key faculty members, the chief administrative officer and supervisors.

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  • Miriam Nuño, Ph.D.

    Interim Associate Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
    Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Biostatistics

    CHPR’s interim Associate Director Miriam Nuño, Ph.D., is a professor at the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Nuño is an expert in mathematical epidemiology and biostatistics with an interest in big data analytics, public health and health disparities research.

    Dr. Nuño has extensive experience with collaborative projects that she applies to advancing CHPR’s multidisciplinary mission. Her collaborations include projects investigating traumatic brain injury, surgical outcomes, Alzheimer's Disease and initiatives with the Environmental Health Sciences Center at UC Davis.

    Dr. Nuño is an award-winning researcher and teacher. She has been recognized with the UC Davis Global Affairs Award (2021); the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society’s COVID-19 Pandemic Project Award (2020 and 2021); the Campos Faculty Scholar Award (2016-2020); the Pediatric Trauma Society’s Joseph Tepas Non-Physician Award (2018); and the México-USA Academy of Science Foundation’s Distinguished Professor Award (2014).

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  • Janice F. Bell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.N., F.A.A.N.

    Director, Doctor of Philosophy Program
    Associate Dean for Research
    Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

    Janice F. Bell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.N., F.A.A.N., is the associate dean for research, director for the Doctor of Philosophy program, Western Health Advantage Endowed Professor and professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. In her role as associate dean and director for the doctoral program, she provides leadership, guidance and mentorship in research to faculty, students and staff in advancing the school's research program as well as contributes to the development of the next generation of nurse scientists. She also teaches doctoral courses.

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  • James F. Holmes, M.D., M.P.H.

    Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

    James F. Holmes, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of emergency medicine and his research aims to improve the quality of care that patients receive in the emergency department, including identifying appropriate indications for computed tomography utilization in children with blunt head or abdominal injuries. Dr. Holmes directs the UC Davis School of Medicine’s interdisciplinary KL2 career development program.

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  • Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.

    Professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Pediatrics 

    Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at UC Davis Health. His research and teaching interests focus on developing, testing, and validating healthcare quality measures, using outcomes data to improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare, and studying the role of clinicians in optimizing quality and safety in healthcare.

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CHPR Chief Administrative Officer Michael Webster and supervisors Melissa Gosdin, Dominique Ritley, and Meghan Weyrich also serve on the leadership team.

Former Directors
  • Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.

    Former Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
    Professor Emeritus, Department of Family and Community Medicine

    Former Director Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H., led CHPR from 2009-2021. As Director, she leveraged her clinical, research, and teaching expertise to execute CHPR’s mission. Dr. Melnikow’s own research spans mental health, cancer screening and prevention in women, healthcare access, and the synthesis and integration of evidence in policy formulation. Under Dr. Melnikow’s leadership, CHPR experienced consistent growth in grant support, faculty membership, and interdisciplinary program development. 

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  • Richard Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H.

    Former Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
    Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

    Former Director Richard Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H., led CHPR from 1996-2006. As Director, Dr. Kravitz expanded CHPR’s interdisciplinary role, which was reflected by the decision in 2006 to rename the Center from the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care to its current name: Center for Healthcare Policy and Research. CHPR was awarded its status as an Organized Research Unit (ORU) in 1999 under the leadership of Dr. Kravitz.

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  • Klea Bertakis, M.D., M.P.H.

    Former Director, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care (currently the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research)
    Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Family and Community Medicine

    From 1994-1996, Klea Bertakis, M.D., M.P.H., served as the founding Director of the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, which was renamed the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research in 2006. She also served as CHPR’s Interim Director from 2007-2009. Dr. Bertakis guided the early development of the Center and positioned CHPR to play a critical role in both UC Davis Health and wider UC Davis academic research as an Organized Research Unit (ORU).

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