Leadership | Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

Leadership

  • Anthony Jerant, M.D.

    Interim Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
    Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine

    Anthony Jerant, M.D., Professor and Chair of Family and Community Medicine, began his service as Interim Director in July 2021, following the retirement of Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H., the prior Director, who served for 12 years in the role.

    Dr. Jerant leverages his clinical, research, teaching, administrative, and leadership expertise to execute CHPR’s mission. His own research spans mental health, cancer screening disparities, chronic illness self-care, patient engagement in care, clinician-patient relationships, and diversity of the physician workforce.

    Dr. Jerant’s day-to-day management of CHPR’s 41-person staff is supported by CHPR’s Associate Director as well as a leadership team comprised of key faculty members, the CHPR CAO, and CHPR supervisors.

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  • Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D.

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

    CHPR’s Associate Director, Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D., was recruited to UC Davis in Fall 2015. He is 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 > 250 invited presentations in 15 countries and published > 200 scientific papers in a variety of different areas from cancer to mental health.  Dr. Hoch serves on the California Technology Assessment Forum, and on the Editorial Boards of two journals: Health Care Management Science and BMC Cancer.

    Dr. Hoch is an award-winning teacher with research collaborations throughout the world.

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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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  • 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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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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