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Stephen M. Shortell is the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Organization Behavior at the School of Public Health and Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Dean of the School of Public Health at Berkeley. Prof. Shortell also holds appointments in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley and at the Institute for Health Policy Research, UC San Francisco. A leading health care scholar, Prof. Shortell has done extensive research identifying the organizational and managerial correlates of quality of care and of high performing health care organizations. Prof. Shortell has been the recipient of many awards including the distinguished Baxter-Allegiance Prize for his contributions to health services research; the Distinguished Investigator Award from Academy Health; the Gold Medal Award from the American College of HealthCare Executives; and the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the American Hospital Association. Prof. Shortell received a commendation by California State Senate for his contribution to health through leadership of the technical committee on “Pay for Performance.” He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and past editor of Health Services Research. He serves on many boards and advisory groups. He is currently conducting research on the evaluation of quality improvement initiatives and on the implementation of evidence-based medicine practices in physician organizations.
H.E. Frech III, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has published over 100 articles and books. His research has ranged over a wide variety of topics, including health insurance and managed care, competition, monopoly and antitrust policy, the production of health, Medicare reform, and Australian health insurance. Prof. Frech has consulted on health economics for private and public organizations. He has testified in federal and state courts, state legislatures, state and federal regulatory bodies, and in the US Congress. He has lectured in North America and in Europe. In 1990, Prof. Frech co-organized (with Peter Zweifel) the Second World Congress of Health Economics in Zurich.
Richard Scheffler has been the Director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center since its inception in 1999. He is a Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds the Chair in Health Care Markets & Consumer Welfare endowed by the State of California Office of the Attorney General. His research is on health care markets, health insurance, the health workforce, mental health economics, social capital and health, pharmacoeconomics, and international health systems. Professor Scheffler is a recipient of the American Public Health Association’s Carl Taube Award, which honors distinguished contributions to the field of mental health services research. He was a Rockefeller and a Fulbright Scholar, and served as President of the International Health Economists Association 4th Congress. He has been a Scholar in Residence at the Institute of Medicine and the World Bank. He also served as an advisor to the World Health Organization in the area of human resources. He has published more than 150 papers and edited and written six books. His newest book will be published by Stanford University Press in September 2008 — Is There a Doctor in the House: Market Signals and Tomorrow’s Supply of Doctors.
Richard G. Frank is the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. He is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prof. Frank serves on the Biobehavioral Sciences Board of the Institute of Medicine. He advises several state mental health and substance abuse agencies on issues related to managed care and financing of care. He also serves as Co-Editor for the Journal of Health Economics. Prof. Frank was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen prize from the Southern Economic Association for his collaborative work on drug pricing, the Carl A. Taube Award from the American Public Health Association for outstanding contributions to mental health services and economics research, and the Emily Mumford Medal from Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry. In 2002, Prof. Frank received the John Eisberg Mentorship Award from National Research Service Awards.
Kathleen joined the California Attorney General’s Office in 1988, and has been its Antitrust Chief since 2001. She is Co-Chair of the State Enforcement Committee of theABA Section of Antitrust Law, serves on the American Antitrust Institute’s Advisory Board, and is a frequent panelist on state enforcement issues at seminars presented by the Practicing Law Institute and the California State Bar. Price-fixing litigation brought by California under her leadership includes the TFT-LCD and DRAM Indirect Purchaser cases as well as several RPM prosecutions and California v. Safeway. She has also led California’s merger enforcement in numerous matters including several oil company mergers as well as the Sutter-Summit hospital merger. Her post-settlement work in Hartford Fire Ins. v. California established a national institute to address public entity and nonprofit needs in risk management, and she has pioneered the development of best practices for cy pres distributions in other major consumer settlements. From 1981 until 1987 Kathleen was Associate Dean at University of San Francisco School of Law. Prior to teaching, she spent three years as an associate attorney with the San Francisco law firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (now Bingham). She also served as a San Francisco Bay (BCDC) Commissioner and served two terms as mayor of the City of Mill Valley, California.
Patrick Johnston served for twenty years in the California State Legislature, ten in the Assembly, and ten in the Senate, where he chaired the Committee on Appropriations for six years. He was the first legislator in residence at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Government. Mr. Johnston is currently Chairman of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy; he is Vice Chairman of the California Bay Delta Authority, the governing body for the state-federal water management system. Mr. Johnston teaches a course on California politics and policy featuring practitioners from the State Capitol at UC Berkeley. He is also a private consultant in government relations. Mr. Johnston is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College (philosophy) and holds a Master’s degree from CSU Sacramento (political representation).
Paul J. Feldstein has held this position at the University of California, Irvine since 1987. Professor Feldstein is a nationally recognized authority on the economics of health care. His previous position was at the University of Michigan as Professor in both the Department of Economics and the School of Public Health. Before that, he was Director of the Division of Research at the American Hospital Association. Professor Feldstein received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Harvey Brody is a Clinical Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco. He has authored 45 articles, been a featured speaker at national and international meetings, and received numerous honors and awards. These include a commendation from the 104th United States Congress and the Omega Boys and Girls Club Man of the Year for Award for 2000. Dr Brody has served as a health policy fellow with Senator Diane Feinstein, a senior policy advisor for the Assistant Secretary of Health, and an advisor on education and health issues to the Office of the President, University of California. Dr Brody has directed hospital and university based residency programs for 28 years and has been the project director on local, state and federal grants. He has served as the President of several national educational organizations and is currently a consultant to the American Dental Association. Dr Brody has served on the board of directors of numerous community based organizations.
Deborah Haas-Wilson received her B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and her Ph.D. in economics from University of California at Berkeley. Haas-Wilson’s research focuses on competition and competition policies in health care markets. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Law and Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Health Economics, and other peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of Managed Care and Monopoly Power: The Antitrust Challenge (Harvard University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care (Duke University Press, 2003). Haas-Wilson works as an expert in health care antitrust, including cases involving the competitive effects of hospital mergers and commercial health insurer mergers, the effects of vertical consolidation in health care markets, and the competitive effects of physician mergers and networks. She has served as an expert on antitrust issues to the Federal Trade Commission (see for example, the decision in the matter of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corporation (2005), the Massachusetts Attorney General, the California Department of Corporations and numerous private entities. She recently testified in Federal District Court in Idaho on behalf of plaintiffs, in an antitrust lawsuit alleging competitive harm from St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of a large independent physician practice. Professor Haas-Wilson was a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research.
Tangerine M. Brigham is Director of the Healthy San Francisco Program and also serves a Deputy Director of Health with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Ms. Brigham’s expertise crosses the health, housing and social service fields where she has worked on several initiatives in such issues as health care coverage expansion, home and community-based services and supportive housing. Prior to her current position, Ms. Brigham served as Community Health Program Officer for The San Francisco Foundation, Chief of Staff for L.A. Care Health Plan, Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s California program, and Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She serves on several non-profit boards and advisory committees. She received her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.