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About Us

As the health care industry undergoes dramatic changes, the Center for Health Care Management & Policy (CHCMP) is a source of important knowledge and information for leaders and those who want to move into leadership roles.

Established in 1988 by Professor Paul Feldstein to conduct and disseminate research on key health policy issues at the national, state and local levels, our mission was to provide a forum through which those key issues were discussed among scholars, the business community, government and other key stakeholders.

Since that time, our marquee event has become the annual Health Care Forecast Conference that started in 1992. The conference serves as a unique venue for dialogue among government, business leaders, and academics that share their perspectives and forecasts on key economic and political issues impacting the health care industry.

Today, our mission is to build stronger ties with the health care community in Orange County and beyond by engaging our partners in collaborative research and education efforts as well as community service programs. Our current activities are in two main areas: 

  1. Organizing conferences and other events to disseminate research findings and to promote discussion of health policy issues 
  2. Contributing to the health care focus within UCI’s MBA programs

Advisory Board

The Board of Advisors assists the Center in its mission to engage the local health care community to become a leading player in the health care policy arena.

Charter Board Members

Robert Braithwaite, MHM, President & CEO, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Jay J. Cohen, MD, MBA, Former SVP, Optum, Executive Chairman, Monarch HealthCare

Christopher De Rosa, COO, US Commercial Markets, CIGNA

Steven A. N. Goldstein, MA, MD, PhD, FAAP, VC, UC Irvine Health System

Michael S. Mallory, MBA, Senior Vice President, Anthem Blue Cross

Jeffrey H. Margolis, Healthcare Industry Board Member, Strategic Advisor, Author, Blackstone; NXGN; ALHC; TriNetX; Hoag Clinic

Mark Schafer, MD, CEO, MemorialCare Medical Foundation

David L. Steffy, MHA, Private Investor

Seth R. Teigen, MHA, FACHE, CEO, St. Joseph Hospital, Health Mission Hospital


Board of Advisors

Richard F. Afable, MD, MPH, President and Chair of the Board, MindOC

Romilla Batra, MD, MBA, CMO SCAN Health Plan

Terry Belmont, MPH, Former CEO, UC Irvine Health

Robert Beltran, MD, MBA, Senior Executive Medical Director, Brand New Day

Robert Braithwaite, MHM, CEO, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Richard Chambers, Principal Consultant, Health Management Associates, Los Angeles

Seth Clancy, MPH, Vice President , THV Global Health Economics & Reimbursement, Edwards Lifesciences

Jay J. Cohen, MD, MBA, Former Senior Vice President, Optum

Christopher H. Coulter, MD, Chief Medical Director Emeritus, Precept Group

Christopher De Rosa, MBA, COO, U.S. Commercial Markets, Cigna

James Elliott, President and CEO, North Star Advisors

Wa’el Hashad, President and CEO, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Jena Jensen, Chief Government Relations Officer, CHOC Children's

Marc P. Kaplan, VP Large Group Acct Management, Kaiser Permanente

Barsam Kasravi, MD, MBA, MPH, President Medicaid West Region, Anthem Blue Cross

Jonathan Kowalski, EVP, Head HEOR US, Lumanity

Lisa Locklear, MBA, VP and CFO, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Marcia Manker, CEO, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center

Gerald A. McCall, Former, COO and SVP, Operations, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Region

Leslie McKee, MBA, Senior Vice President, Aon

Mercedes Meseck, Senior Vice President, Hays Companies

Kim Mikes, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, Chief Executive Officer, Hoag Orthopedic Institute

Penny Randall, MD, MBA, Vice President, IMS/Quintiles

Richard Raynes, Chief Administration Officer, Kaiser Permanente of Orange County

Murray N. Ross, PhD, VP and Director, Kaiser Permanente Inst for Health Policy

Mark Schafer, MD, CEO, MemorialCare Medical Foundation

David L. Steffy, Private Investor

Kristof Stremikis, MPP, MPH, Director, Market Analysis and Insight, CHCF

Seth R. Teigen, MHA, FACHE, CEO, Mission Hospital – Providence St. Joseph Health

David L. Tsoong, MD, Principal, Pinnacle Senior Care

Betty K. Tu, MD, MBA, Principal, Pinnacle Senior Care

Tammy Tucker, Former, SVP, Commercial Sales, Health Net, LLC

Bud Volberding, MBA, Former President, Cigna Healthcare of California

Laurence D. Wellikson, MD, Former, CEO, Society of Hospital Medicine

Greg Wright, MBA, CEO, Southern California Medicare, United Healthcare

Maureen Zehntner, Former CEO, UCI Medical Center

Jason Bleau, VP and GM, Core and Small Group Business, Blue Shield of California

Koh Kerdsri, MBA BE, VP, Risk Adjustment Operations, Compliance & IT, Centene Corporation

Chad T. Lefteris, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, UC Irvine Health

Michael J. Stamos, MD, FACS, FFASCRS, Dean, School of Medicine University of California, Irvine

Sepideh Varon, PhD, MPH, VP, Health Economics & Outcomes Research, abbvie

Mark Schafer

“We are fortunate to have a resource like the Center for Health Care Management and Policy to help us manage and prepare for the rapid change that’s occurring in the health care industry, both locally and nationally.” - Mark Schafer, MD, Chief Executive Officer, MemorialCare Medical Foundation

Mark Schafer

Affiliated Faculty

Paul J. Feldstein, PhD, MBA
Emeritus Professor and Robert Gumbiner Chair in Health Care Management 
The Paul Merage School of Business

Sheldon Greenfield, MD
Donald Bren Professor of Medicine
Executive Co-Director, Health Policy Research Institute

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

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

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

Robin Keller, PhD, MBA
Professor, Operations  and Decisions Technologies
The Paul Merage School of Business

Dana Mukamel, PhD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine

David Neumark, PhD
Chancellor’s Professor of Economics  
Director, Center for Economics & Public Policy
Department of Economics

Cornelia (Connie) Pechmann, MS, MBA, PhD
Professor of Marketing
The Paul Merage School of Business

Maritza Salazar, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor, Organization and Management
The Paul Merage School of Business

For Students

Certificate in Leadership for Healthcare Transformation

For Students

Whether you are a health care professional or student looking to transition into the health care industry, the Center for Health Care Management & Policy compliments the Merage School’s educational programs and initiatives to expand your understanding of the ever-changing health care industry.

Students Opportunities 

Students Opportunities

Health Care Leadership Immersion

Through our MBA for Executives - Healthcare Leadership Track, you will build a general management foundation complemented by opportunities to further explore the healthcare space, enabling you to apply your understanding of business to the changing healthcare industry.


Joint MD/MBA Program

The Merage School’s MD/MBA program is one of the longest-standing dual degree programs for medical students in the country. Students from UCI’s School of Medicine have the opportunity to earn a combined MD/MBA over the course of five years, where they integrate into the business school between their third and fourth years of medical school. Graduates of this program consistently match at top residency programs nationwide and are prepared for leadership roles both in residency and in their future careers. 


Master of Science in Biotechnology Management (MSBTM)

The MSBTM program offers courses from three highly reputed schools at UCI: the Ayala School of Biological Sciences, The Paul Merage School of Business, and the Samueli School of Engineering. MSBTM students learn about business from the biotechnology perspective and biotechnology from the business perspective in order to think about their work through the lens of innovation, a critical component in the development of their leadership careers. 


Merage Healthcare Association

Graduate students from across the Merage School connect through the MHA to share insights and learn more about healthcare opportunities in Southern California and beyond. The association serves as a bridge between students and the Orange County health care industry by partnering with organizations and alumni for events, such as site visits, and other networking opportunities.





The world-class faculty associated with the Center provide innovative educational programs for health care professionals as well as MBA students, and conduct in-depth research examining the changes taking place in the nation’s health care system. A number of leading scholars also collaborate with the Center. 

Key Issues:
  • Health care payment and delivery reform
  • Advertising and competition in pharmaceutical markets
  • Competition and consumer behavior in health insurance markets
  • Consolidation in health care provider markets
  • Access to care

The Center’s research activities build on and contribute to the Merage School’s established strength in delivering health care oriented educational programs. Policy-oriented faculty research is recognized and published regularly in books and prestigious academic journals. In addition, the Center leverages the wide array of health care expertise across campus – in the nationally ranked medical school, programs in nursing science and public health, and the department in pharmaceutical science – as well as its location in Orange County, an innovator in many areas of health care delivery.

Romilla Batra

“As a faculty member of the Merage School as well as an alum, I have participated in many events and find the programs hosted by the Center to be excellent educational opportunities as well as a great forum to network with other fellow healthcare executives. I enjoy hearing from the industry experts both nationally as well as regionally and would highly recommend connecting with the Center. ” - Romilla Batra MD, Chief Medical Officer, SCAN Health Plan

Romilla Batra


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Diane Ford
Assistant Director