Interim Director, Anthony Jerant, M.D.

Photo of Dr. Anthony Jerant.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.

Dr. Jerant earned his M.D. from St. Louis University School of Medicine under an Army Health Professions Scholarship (HPS), and then completed family medicine residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center. He spent his four-year HPS service commitment on the teaching faculty of the family medicine residency program at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. He joined the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1998 and was appointed as Chair in January 2018. Before becoming Chair, Dr. Jerant had many other Departmental leadership roles, including Vice Chair, Mentoring Director, Medical Student Education Director, and Associate Residency Director. In 2014, he received the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching, UC Davis School of Medicine’s highest teaching award, recognizing sustained and enduring contributions to medical education.

Dr. Jerant has published 130 peer-reviewed articles and has been awarded more than $9 million in career extramural research funding as a principal investigator, including grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Jerant’s focus on research related to health outcomes and healthcare access and processes, addressing issues of high relevance to and potential impact on health policy, reflects CHPR’s mission and objectives. His research is highly collaborative, leveraging interdisciplinary teams that have variously included primary care and specialist physicians, psychologists, public health and communications experts, nurses, social workers, medical sociologists, health economists, software designers and programmers, lay health coaches, and members of advocacy groups and community resource organizations.

In addition to overseeing the activities of the Center and of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Dr. Jerant devotes significant time to teaching and mentoring trainees and junior faculty, including the next generation of health services researchers; to his own research; to caring for patients; to supervising and teaching resident physicians and medical students. He is also engaged in other leadership roles, including Co-Lead, UCD Health Clinical Strategic Planning Health Equity Workgroup; Member, UCD School of Medicine Strategic Planning Steering Committee; Member, Department Chair Advisory Group, UCD School of Medicine, Office of Medical Education Clerkship Grading Equity initiative; Search Committee Member for UCD Health Chief of Population Health and Accountable Care; and UC Davis Co-Lead to the UC Primary Care Collaborative, supported by the UC Office of the President and with representatives from five UC medical campuses.

Associate Director, Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D.

Photo of Dr. Jeff Hoch. 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.

Before being recruited to be CHPR’s Associate Director, Dr. Hoch was Director or co-Director of three research groups in Canada. Under Dr. Hoch’s tenure as Associate Director, CHPR has experienced consistent growth in collaborations and educational activities. He substantially improved the weekly CHPR seminar series, for example, expanding the speaker base to include speakers with additional breadth and expertise and increasing attendance. CHPR's seminar series is cross-listed as EPI 291 (for graduate students) and SPH 198 (for undergraduate students).  The seminar serves as an important connector between those with applied health research interests on both the main UC Davis campus in Davis and the UC Davis Health campus in Sacramento.

Dr. Hoch’s focus on research impacts and the application of research findings to healthcare policy, cost-effectiveness research, and training and mentoring the next generation of health services researchers. Dr. Hoch established and now leads the Division of Health Policy and Management in the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Hoch has trained international students at CHPR (e.g., from the Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK, and from the University of British Columbia). In 2018, Dr. Hoch, working with colleagues from the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, received the Dean’s Team Award for Inclusion Excellence in Community Engagement from the UC Davis School of Medicine. A selection of Dr. Hoch’s research- and education-related accomplishments include:
  • 200+ peer-reviewed publications, 150+ funded research projects, 10+ book chapters, 250 invited talks and 180 courses taught over a 20-year period;
  • 2020 Recipient of the Advanced Leadership Development Certificate from the UC Davis Health Program;
  • Teaching Awards from the University of Toronto in Toronto, and Western University in London, Ontario, Canada; 2 Teaching Awards and 2 honorable mentions for an Outstanding Short Course from the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM);
  • Cost Lead for the California Health Benefits Review Program, leading the cost analysis for a team producing comprehensive, rapid turn-around analyses of the impacts of all health insurance benefit mandates proposed by the California State Legislature;
  • Methodology Panel Member for the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, (ICER);
  • Serving as a member of ICER's California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) voting panel;
  • Serving on the Global Scientific Committee of the Movember Foundation cancer, Australia;
  • Visiting Fellow with the Office of Health Economics (OHE), England, UK.

Leadership Team

CHPR’s leadership team provides long-term strategic and operational guidance to the Director. The team reviews member applications for use of CHPR resources, reviews and approves new membership applications, and provides input on program development and direction (i.e., conferences, fellowship programs, etc.). In addition to CHPR’s Director and Associate Director, the following UC Davis faculty serve on the leadership team:

Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.

Photo of Dr. Patrick RomanoPatrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor for the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and 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.

James F. Holmes, M.D., M.P.H.

Photo of Dr. James Holmes.James F. Holmes, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor for the Department 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 School of Medicine’s interdisciplinary KL2 career development program.

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

Former Director, Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.

Photo of Dr. Joy Melnikow.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. 

Dr. Melnikow’s focus on research related to health outcomes, access and costs, and the effective translation and application of research to healthcare policy, as well as her work training and mentoring the next generation of health services researchers, all reflect CHPR’s mission and objectives. She devotes significant time to teaching and mentoring trainees and junior faculty, to her own research, and to seeing patients in the family medicine clinic and teaching clinical medicine to both medical students and residents. In recognition of her leadership of CHPR, she was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Leadership of a Research Team from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 2011, and the UC Davis Academic Senate award for Distinguished Scholarly Public Service in 2013. A selection of Dr. Melnikow’s research-, education- and policy-related accomplishments include:

  • Member of the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force, appointed by Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which aims to improve health, reduce disease and save lives throughout the U.S.;
  • Vice-Chair of Medical Effectiveness and Public Health for the California Health Benefits Review Program, leading a team producing comprehensive, rapid turn-around analyses of the public health impacts of all health insurance benefit mandates proposed by the California State Legislature;
  • Principal Investigator on systematic reviews to support U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines on adjuvant screening for women with dense breasts and on cervical cancer screening;
  • Leading the investigation of regional access to primary care for people with Medi-Cal (California Medicaid) insurance; authoring a brief on Medi-Cal managed care in Sacramento County, and presenting findings to key stakeholders and thus initiating a Medi-Cal reform process in Sacramento;
  • Leading an evidence synthesis, a presentation to stakeholders, and a report on integrated care for people experiencing homelessness designed to be applied in Sacramento County;
  • Serving as a member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) and of the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) voting panels;
  • Program Director and PI of the AHRQ-funded Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training (QSCERT) T32 program, an interdisciplinary, post-doctoral program through which 16 primary care, surgical, trauma and urgent/emergency care outcomes researchers, most of whom went on to academic appointments, were trained;
  • Director and Instructor-of-Record 2010-2019 of an innovative, hybrid course – Principles and Methods of Comparative Effectiveness Research – developed, with NIH support in collaboration with the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), to expand training in comparative effectiveness research; the course, offered annually, includes publicly accessible on-line materials used in training comparative effectiveness researchers across the nation.
  • Mentoring numerous undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, as well as residents, fellows and junior faculty, across multiple UC Davis departments over the last 15 years;
  • Publishing 115 peer-reviewed research papers.