The Center for Health Care Management and Policy    




Paul J. Feldstein, PhD, MBA
Emeritus Professor and Robert Gumbiner Chair in Health Care Management
The Paul Merage School of Business
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Professor Feldstein is a nationally recognized authority on the economics of health care.  He has written six books and more than 60 articles on health care. His book, Health Care Economics, is in its sixth edition and is one of the most widely used texts on health economics. He is also the author of Health Policy Issues: An Economic Perspective on Health Reform, and The Politics of Health Legislation: An Economic Perspective. Before coming to the Graduate School of Management at UC Irvine, he was Professor of economics at the University of Michigan. His prior health policy experience includes serving as director of the Division of Research at the American Hospital Association and positions at the Office of Management and Budget, Social Security Administration, and the World Health Organization. He has been a consultant to many government and private health agencies, and has been an expert witness on health anti-trust issues. Dr. Feldstein has served on the board of Sutter Health and is on the board of directors for Odyssey Healthcare and Province Healthcare. He received his Ph.D. in Economics and M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago.



Sheldon Greenfield, MD
Donald Bren Professor of Medicine
Executive Co-Director, Health Policy Research Institute
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Dr. Greenfield is a leading expert in health services research and policy. He and colleagues have produced major policy relevant findings over the past 4 decades, resulting in over 27,000 citations to papers in which he was an author. He and his colleagues have opened at least 4 new fields: nurse practitioners, outcomes research, patient participation in Medical Care, and heterogeneity of treatment effects, a major focus of Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and Comparative Effectiveness Research. His principal accomplishments lie in the areas of quality of care assessment, case mix determination, enlarging the patient role in care, clinical practice guidelines and now comparative effectiveness research (CER).

He has been Chair or Co-Chair of 4 recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) committees: Guidance for the National Healthcare Disparities report; Cancer Survivors: Lost in Transition; Initial Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness Research; Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust; and he has been a member of a number of prior IOM committees. He is currently Co-Senior Editor (with Dr. Gene Rich) of the new Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, which has reached index status in Medline in a short period of 3 years.



Padma Gulur, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care
School of Medicine

Dr. Gulur is a recognized leader in acute and chronic pain management. Her research and practice focuses on the safe delivery of pain management services for high risk populations, including opioid tolerant and pediatric patients. Dr. Gulur is known for her development of pain assessment tools and her investigation of risk factors and risk reduction methodologies, utilized to improve patient outcomes.  The goal of Dr. Gulur’s practice and research is to improve the quality of life for her patients, especially for patients who are at high risk, and those with clinical conditions including cancer and spine-related pain. Dr. Gulur shares her knowledge and passion of the outcome-based method of pain management by teaching residents and fellows in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, and many other departments throughout UCI. Dr. Gulur leads the Pain Medicine Redesign Team at UCI, a task force that focuses on the optimization of care for patients undergoing acute and chronic pain management. Dr. Gulur accomplishes so much by collaborating with many departments and specialties in the medical community to accomplish a common goal – the best outcome and quality of life for patients.



Zeev Kain, MD, MBA
Professor & Chair, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care
Associate Dean for Clinical Operations
School of Medicine


Dr. Kain is an international expert in the clinical management of perioperative fear and anxiety, and management of children undergoing invasive medical procedures. His research addresses major dilemmas in the management of affected children. Dr. Kain has revolutionized the care of children in preoperative settings both in the United States and around the globe. His research triggered a change in the manner in which children are treated during invasive medical procedures and during the perioperative period. As a direct result of Dr. Kain’s research, significantly fewer children are taken into the operating rooms and sedation suites, awake, alone and screaming and crying. Dr. Kain achieved this by demonstrating that extreme anxiety and fear in children undergoing surgery and invasive procedures is associated with poor clinical and psychological outcomes of these children and thus should not be allowed. Dr. Kain leads a team of researchers at the Center on Stress & Health, where they are dedicated to investigating multi-disciplinary approaches to managing pain and anxiety in a wide range of medical settings and situations. The team focuses on assisting children and families manage pain, anxiety and stress surrounding the medical environment and disease burden. By promoting the conceptual importance of this field and continuing to develop associated empirical findings, Dr. Kain intends to markedly improve the quality of evidence available to anesthesiologists, pediatricians and surgeons making clinical decisions regarding management of children’s distress and pain during the perioperative period.



Sherrie Kaplan, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, School of Medicine
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Healthcare Measurement and Evaluation, UC Irvine
Executive Co-Director, Health Policy Research Institute
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Dr. Kaplan has pioneered a number of areas of research. She has done ground-breaking research demonstrating that patients can be taught to participate effectively in medical decisions with positive effects on patients’ health outcomes.  Her work on the application of psychometric techniques to the assessment of performance of varying levels of the healthcare system, from healthcare organizations to individual physicians, has made her a national expert on this current and controversial topic. Well known for her work in the development of measures of the quality of technical and interpersonal care, health status and quality of life, particularly for vulnerable populations, she is now working on innovative projects to train patients, including children, to participate effectively in chronic disease care. She is leading efforts in measuring and understanding heterogeneity of treatment effects, children’s self-reported health status, and in integrating a streamlined, patient-reported review of systems into the electronic medical record. 



Dana Mukamel, PhD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
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Professor Mukamel is a leading expert on the quality of nursing home care. Her research focuses on the measurement of quality based on risk adjusted health outcomes and studies of patient, provider, and market characteristics contributing to provision of high quality care.  She also studies the use of mobile technologies to improve quality of care. Her extensive research program is funded by grants from federal agencies (AHRQ, NIA, NINR and the VA) and private foundations (The Commonwealth Fund and the California Health Care Foundation). Dr. Mukamel served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health and many national advisory and review boards for organizations such as CMS, AHRQ, and MedPAC. She is currently on the editorial board of Health Services Research and on the MONAHRQ strategic team. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester.




David Neumark, PhD
Chancellor’s Professor of Economics 
Director, Center for Economics & Public Policy
Department of Economics
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Professor Neumark is Chancellor’s Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economics & Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine.  He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Research Fellow of IZA.  He has held prior positions at the Public Policy Institute of California, Michigan State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Federal Reserve Board.  He is a labor economist who also works in urban economics, with broad public policy interests including: age, sex, and race discrimination; the economics of aging; affirmative action; minimum wages, living wages, and other anti-poverty policies; the economics of education; youth labor markets; and local economic development.  Neumark is the editor of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, and a co-editor of the Journal of Urban Economics. 


Ellen Olshansky, RN, MS, PhD
Professor of Nursing Science
University of California, Irvine
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Professor Olshansky was the founding director of the Nursing Science program at the University of California, Irvine. She is part of the Leadership Team of the Community Engagement Unit of the Institute for Clinical Translational Science at UC Irvine. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on Women's Health of the American Academy of Nursing and as Editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing, the official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Her research focus is on women's and family health, as well as women across the lifespan and qualitative research methods. She holds a B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S., M.S., and Doctorate in Nursing Science from the University of California, San Francisco.

Cornelia (Connie) Pechmann, MS, MBA, PhD
Professor of Marketing
The Paul Merage School of Business
SB 331 | 949-824-4058 | Website

Professor Pechmann studies the effects of advertising, social media, product labeling, brand names and retail store locations on consumers. Much of her work focuses on the effects of these firm strategies on smoking behavior. She has received grants totaling over $1.5 million to study youths’ responses to pro- and anti-smoking ads and product placements in movies. This research persuaded movie studios to place anti-smoking ads on movie DVDs if the movies target youth and depict smoking. She is currently studying how to form effective online communities on Twitter for smoking cessation through a $.6 million innovation grant from NIH. Professor Pechmann received the Pollay Prize for Public Interest Research and the best journal article award from the Journal of Consumer Research. She just finished a three-year term as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Consumer Psychology. She holds an MS in Psychology, an MBA and a PhD in Marketing Management, all from Vanderbilt University.