Glenn Melnick, Ph.D.-Director
Dr. Melnick is Professor and Blue Cross of California Chair in Health
Care Finance, and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Management
at USC. He is also a Senior Economist and Resident Consultant with RAND
in Santa Monica. Nationally-recognized as an expert in the field, Dr.
Melnick has worked extensively in the area of healthcare competition,
reform and managed care during the past ten years. Regularly published
in the scientific literature including the Journal of Health Economics,
JAMA, and Health Affairs, his editorials have appeared in the Wall Street
Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
Dr. Melnick's research in the area of healthcare competition began more
than a decade ago, involving development of the first hospital market-level
data base in the U.S., which was utilized to evaluate the effects of market-based
pro-competition policies. He frequently travels to Washington, D.C. to
provide counsel to legislators and their staffs, and has served as an
expert for numerous government agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission.
Joyce Mann, Ph.D.
Joyce Mann, PhD, is the Academic Director of the International Public
Policy and Management Program at USC, a masters degree program for international
students. Her research addresses issues of health care financing and access,
particularly in the state of California. She has conducted studies of
uncompensated hospital care and a evaluation of a health insurance plan
for immigrant children in Los Angeles county. She has also worked on issues
of health financing in a number of countries (Indonesia, China, Taiwan,
Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria).
Anil Bamezai, Ph.D.
Anil is president of Western Policy Research, a public policy
consulting firm. He specializes in program evaluation and the application
of quantitative methods to a variety of social policy issues. These include
evaluation of government policies and programs, technological change on
society, and forecasting. Major areas of emphasis have been on investigating
market-based healthcare institutions’ ability to contain healthcare
costs, and the impact of changes in government policy on provider behavior.
Anil, who has worked for the World Bank, has produced numerous publications
in the health services literature. In addition, he has evaluated effects
of water pricing policy on water consumption, assessed price and conservation
strategies for reducing environmental damage, and examined growing income
inequality in the U.S.
Nasreen Dhanani, Ph.D.
Nasreen is a Research Manager for several projects in the School of Policy,
Planning and Development at USC and a Resident Consultant at RAND. Dr.
Dhanani specializes in health services research pertaining to the organization
and delivery of health care systems. She has worked on several research
projects at UCLA, RAND and USC funded by federal and state governments,
as well as private foundations. These projects have involved management
and analyses of large scale secondary databases as well as design and
collection of primary data. Her current research focuses on Medicare managed
care in which she is responsible for constructing a unique database on
utilization experiences of Medicare beneficiaries in HMOs over 10 years.
Dr. Dhanani also teaches a course in program and policy evaluation at
Melissa Succi Lopez, Ph.D.
Melissa is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and
Development. Her research and teaching interests include organizational
change, strategic planning, and the causes and consequences of health
care consolidation and integration. Dr. Lopez is the co-author of numerous
publications including articles appearing in Administrative Science Quarterly,
Health Services Review, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Milbank
Quarterly and the Journal of Health Care Management. Dr. Lopez teaches
in a number of IPPAM courses including Strategic and Operational Planning,
Health Information Systems for Planning and Management, and Health Services
Joanna Yu, Ph.D.
Joanna is the director of executive education for the IPPAM program.
She is a visiting professor at Nanjing University in China, a consultant
at General Veteran Hospital in Taiwan and a resident consultant at RAND.
A registered pharmacist in Taiwan, Dr. Yu has been working in the not-for-profit
and private government health sectors in both Taiwan and the U.S. She
has been involved in health insurance research at the Cornell Medical
College, employee benefit research and evaluation in several not-for-profit
organizations, and was invited to consult in the design of national health
insurance in Taiwan. Currently, Joanna is engaged in a project with the
Chinese government aimed at building solvency of the national Health Insurance
Fund. Among her other research and consulting activities, Joanna is a
consultant for the Primary Care Physician Association, Taiwan, advising
their global budget distribution in national health insurance.
Fred is the Program Manager for the Center and for the International
Public Policy and Management Program. He has been with the Center since
its inception, and is responsible for managing the administrative and
Ann is the Center's business/budget analyst and is responsible for the
accounting and budgeting of all current research projects, as well as
the business operations of the IPPAM program. Ann has been with the Center
since February 1999.
Lois Green, MHSA
Lois is a partner in The Performance Alliance, a Los Angeles-based
consulting firm whose clients include major organizations in California’s
healthcare, senior and not-for-profit services sectors. Her expertise
includes strategic and business planning, applied market research, leadership
facilitation, education, and grants development. She has held executive
positions with UniHealth, the Motion Picture & Television Fund, Tarzana
Medical Center, and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania. Lois is
a clinical associate professor of health administration at USC and has
been affiliated with UCLA, UCI and UCSF as a teacher or lecturer. She
is a past president of the AHA’s Society for Healthcare Planning
and Marketing and the author of the 1996 industry environmental assessment,
“Renaissance for Healthcare.”
Gurvinder Kaur, M.B.B.S.
Gurvinder is a research associate who is working on projects related to Hospital Systems in California, the California Hospital Data project and a project based on a survey of International Students at USC to assess their academic and cultural experience.
June O’Leary, Ph.D.
June is a consultant at USC and RAND Corporation whose concentration
is in the areas of health economics, hospital competition and care outcomes.
She received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research from UCLA.
Susan Maerki, MHSA
Susan is a member of the healthcare practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers
in San Francisco and has extensive experience as a healthcare consultant
in California, as well as internationally in Indonesia, Taiwan and Ghana.
She is knowledgeable in the areas of health insurance and managed care,
feasibility studies, information systems design, and program and policy
analysis. Her background includes policy and planning for Blue Cross of
California, consulting at the state and national levels regarding programs
for low income and uninsured populations, and academic policy research
at the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies.
Amar Nawathe, M.D.
Amar is a research associate who is working on projects related to hospital
ER use in California and comparisons of utilization and costs of Medicare
beneficiaries in HMO versus fee-for-service settings
Jack Zwanziger, Ph.D.
Jack is a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Administration,
School of Public Health, University of Illinois and a consultant at the
Rand Corporation.. His research interests relate to the use of various
system-wide and intervention-specific approaches to increasing the efficiency
of the healthcare system. He has published numerous articles in the health
service research literature and has been engaged in projects ranging from
the effects of competition on hospital behavior and antitrust policy to
healthcare markets and managed care contracting strategy.