Petris Board of Directors

Richard G. Frank, PhD

Richard G. Frank, PhD, is the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at DHHS directing the office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy. From 2013 to 2014, he served as a Special Advisor to the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, and from 2014 to 2016 he served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services. His research is focused on the economics of mental health and substance abuse care, long term care financing policy, health care competition, implementation of health reform and disability policy. Dr. Frank served as an editor for the Journal of Health Economics from 2005 to 2014. Dr. Frank was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen Prize from the Southern Economic Association, the Carl A. Taube Award from the American Public Health Association, and the Emily Mumford Medal from Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mental Health Association of Maryland. Dr. Frank also received the John Eisenberg Mentorship Award from the National Research Service Awards. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine) in 1997. He is co-author with Sherry Glied of the book Better but Not Well (Johns Hopkins Press).


Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MBA, MPH

Stephen M. Shortell is the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management Emeritus and Professor of the Graduate School at the School of Public Health and Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley where he also co-leads the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research (CHOIR) and the Center for Lean Engagement and Research(CLEAR) in healthcare. From 2002 to 2013 he served as Dean of the School of Public Health at Berkeley. A leading health care scholar, Dr. Shortell and his colleagues have received numerous awards for their research examining the performance of integrated delivery systems; the organizational factors associated with quality and outcomes of care; and the factors associated with the adoption of evidence-based processes for treating patients with chronic illness. He is currently conducting research on patient engagement and the performance of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and on Lean applications in healthcare. He is Co-PI on a five year AHRQ funded Center of Excellence award (with The Dartmouth Institute and the High Value Health Care Collaborative) to examine the adoption and implementation of innovations to create high performing health systems. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a recent recipient of HRET TRUST Visionary Leadership Award. 


Kathleen Foote, JD

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.


H.E. Frech III, PhD

H.E. (Ted) Frech is a Professor of Economics in the College of Letters and Science and Professor of Technology Management in the College of Engineering, both at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He 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. Professor 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.  Professor Frech is the North American Editor of the International Journal of the Economics of Business, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Health Care Economics and Management and Health Economics Review. He holds a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Missouri, and an MA and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Patrick Johnson, MA

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 Feldstein, PhD, MBA

Paul Feldstein is the Robert Gumbiner Chair in Health Care Management at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business and is a nationally recognized authority on the economics of healthcare. 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 Merage School, Professor Feldstein was at the University of Michigan and previously was Director of the Division of Research at the American Hospital Association. During several leaves from the University, Professor Feldstein worked 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 been an expert witness on health anti-trust issues. Professor Feldstein has served on the board of Sutter Health, a large not-for-profit health care organization, and is on the board of directors for Odyssey Healthcare and Province Healthcare. He received his PhD and MBA from the University of Chicago


Harvey Brody, DDS, M.Ed

Dr. Harvey Brody is a Clinical Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, and a Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University. He has authored 45 articles, been a featured speaker at national and international meetings, and received numerous honors and awards. These include a Congressional commendation from the 104th United States Congress, the Martin Luther King award for faculty at UCSF, and the 2013 UCSF Gold Medal of Honor Award from the School of Dentistry. Dr. Brody has served as a health policy fellow with Senator Dianne Feinstein, a senior policy advisor for the Assistant Secretary of Health and an advisor on education and health issues to the University of California Office of the President. He has directed hospital and university based residency programs for 30 years and has been the principal investigator on local, state and federal grants. Dr. Brody established the UCSF Post Baccalaureate Program for the School of Dentistry; he was the director of that program for five years, and currently serves as consultant to the program, based at SFSU. He has also served as the president of several national educational organizations. He served as the alumni regent to the UC Board of Regents for the 2016-2017 academic year.


Deborah Haas-Wilson, PhD

Deborah 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, 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. She received her B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and her Ph.D. in economics from University of California, Berkeley.


Tangerine M. Brigham, MPP

Tangerine M. Brigham is the Chief Administrative Officer, Population Health, for Alameda Health Systems. 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.  Ms. Brigham has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit and public sectors, most recently as deputy director of managed care services for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. She oversaw Healthy San Francisco and My Health LA, programs expanding health access for the uninsured and undocumented. She received her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Richard M. Scheffler, PhD

Richard M. Scheffler is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Health Economics and Public Policy at the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Chair Emeritus in Healthcare Markets and Consumer Welfare endowed by the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California in 1999. In addition to directing the Petris Center, Dr. Scheffler is also the director of the Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research. He has been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, Charles University in Prague, at the Department of Economics at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and at Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain. Dr. Scheffler has been a visiting scholar at the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, and the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences and a consultant for the World Bank, the WHO, and the OECD. Professor Scheffler has been a Fulbright Scholar at Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile, and at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. He was awarded the Chair of Excellence Award at the Carlos III University of Madrid in 2013. In 2015 Dr. Scheffler was awarded the Gold Medal for Charles University in Prague for his longstanding and continued support of international scientific and educational collaboration.