Your Professors


Dorie Apollonio, MPP, Ph.D.

Course: Health Policy

Dorie Apollonio is an Associate Professor of health policy in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at UCSF, focusing on tobacco control and policy making. Her research considers the role of scientific evidence and interest-group lobbying in decision making on public health. This work uses multiple data sources including internal industry documents, campaign finance reports, administrative datasets and interviews, and relies on both qualitative and quantitative methods to identify how policy affecting public health is made. She is trained as a quantitative methodologist and survey researcher and has extensive experience in research design and analysis. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals in multiple fields, including public health, political science, policy and law.

Andrew Bindman, M.D.

Course: Advanced Policy Analysis

Andrew Bindman
Andrew Bindman is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics based within the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is a primary-care physician who has practiced and taught at UCSF’s affiliated San Francisco General Hospital for more than 25 years. Bindman is also the Director of UCSF’s Primary Care Research Fellowship. During 2009–’10, he served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow within the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was intimately involved in the drafting of legislative language for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He subsequently worked to implement the ACA as a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Bindman attended medical school at Mt. Sinai in New York and completed his residency in internal medicine at UCSF. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.

R. Greggory Cochran, M.D., J.D.

Courses: U.S. Health Care System and the Law, Institutional Regulation and Compliance, Health Care Reform: Legal Aspects, and Provider-Patient Relationships

Greggory Cochran serves as Lecturer in Law on the UC Hastings faculty and is a member of the UC San Francisco/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, serving as associate director of the Consortium’s Health Policy and Law Degree (HPL).

His teaching and curriculum development skills are informed by his early career experience as an emergency medicine physician, followed by 15 years of experience as a health care attorney in private practice. He brings a unique perspective to share with HPL students on the legal issues impacting all segments of the healthcare industry, including providers, payors and patients. Cochran’s broad law practice experience includes advising hospitals, health systems, health plans, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, physicians and medical groups on a range of transactional, regulatory and administrative law issues, including health facility mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, regulatory compliance, peer review, health facility and professional licensing, and health information privacy, as well as on the legal issues unique to foundations, integrated healthcare delivery systems and ambulatory surgery centers. Read an in-depth interview with Cochran.

Janet Coffman, M.A., MPP, Ph.D.

Course: Organization and Finance

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Dr. Janet Coffman, M.A., M.P.P., Ph.D., is an associate professor at Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, the Healthforce Center, and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a health services researcher who strives to build bridges between academia and policymakers. Dr. Coffman’s research interests include health care reform, the health care workforce, access to care for vulnerable populations and innovations in management of chronic illnesses. She has published in a wide range of journals, including Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Pediatrics and Psychiatric Services. Dr. Coffman received a bachelor’s degree in history from Haverford College, a master’s degree in history from Binghamton University and one in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California, Berkeley.

Daniel Dohan, Ph.D.

Courses: HPL Seminar and How to Evaluate Policy-Relevant Research

Dan Dohan is Professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine at UCSF, Deputy Director and Training Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS), and Co-Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy. His work focuses on the culture of medicine: how it ameliorates and perpetuates societal inequalities; its relationship to science and discovery, and how training creates health professionals.

Dohan’s research combines qualitative and quantitative approaches, and he is interested in the development of new methods for combining and depicting mixed approaches. Currently, he is PI of the Cancer Patient Deliberation Study, which examines how patients with advanced disease find out about and decide whether to participate in clinical trials of new cancer drugs. He is also a co-lead of EngageUC, a UC-wide effort to develop harmonized and community-engaged approaches for biorepository research.

Dohan is active in health policy and social science education through training activities with post-doctoral fellows, residents and students, including as course director of Qualitative Research Methods offered through the Training in Clinical Research program. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley. A book based on his dissertation, The Price of Poverty: Money, Work, and Culture in the Mexican-American Barrio, was published by the University of California Press in 2003.

Reena Duseja, M.D., M.S.

Courses: Health Economics and Econometrics

Reena Duseja is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF. She also holds an Adjunct appointment with Kaiser’s Division of Research in Northern California and is a member of the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value (CHV). Duseja received her residency training at Boston Medical Center and obtained a Masters of Science in Health Economics from the Wharton School of Health Care Economics and Management. She completed her fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania.

Duseja’s broad research interests are in health services issues related to improving patient care and the value our health system delivers to patients. She currently is funded by the National Institutes of Health (Agency for HealthCare and Quality) to study transitions of care, focusing on revisits from the emergency department in the U.S. She employs a variety of mixed methods to understand this problem, including big data to understanding the factors leading to revisits; developing quality metrics using risk-adjustment methodologies for transitions of care from the emergency department; and qualitative and survey methodology. Her research focuses on developing outcome measures that can be used to measure variation, and then create interventions to improve patient care in the health system. She also focuses on health care costs and financing issues with regard to emergency care.

Her research has been widely publicized in print media, including the Associated Press, Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Times, and national network news and radio.

Hilary Hardcastle, J.D.

Course: Advanced Legal Research

Adjunct Professor and Reference Librarian Hilary Hardcastle was born and raised in northern Idaho. She received her B.A. in English from Stanford University in 1999, her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2003 and her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University in 2008. Prior to joining the Hastings Law Library staff, Hardcastle taught English in Japan, served as judicial clerk to Justice Robert Eastaugh of the Alaska Supreme Court, and practiced civil litigation at the San Francisco offices of Heller Ehrman and Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold.

Brooke Hollister, Ph.D.

Course: Advanced Policy Analysis

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Brooke Hollister, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. Her teaching and research focus on aging health and social policy issues including long-term care, Social Security, Medicare, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Alzheimer’s disease supports and services, disability, mental health, care transitions, and the use of mHealth and broadband-technology to promote the health and wellness of older adults. She has more than 10 years of experience conducting research on aging health and social policy issues, using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods in community-based participatory research and program evaluation. Dr. Hollister is a co-editor of Health Policy: Crisis and Reform in the U.S. Health Care Delivery System (6th Ed., 2012) and Social Insurance and Social Justice: Social Security, Medicare and the Campaign Against Entitlements (2009). Dr Hollister’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Administration for Community Living and California Department of Public Health.

James G. Kahn, Ph.D.

Course: Cost Analysis and Value-Based Care

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Dr. James G. Kahn is professor, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Joint Appointment with the Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS). Dr. Kahn is an epidemiologist and health services researcher focusing on policy modeling in health care, cost-effectiveness analysis and evidence-based medicine. He has developed computer models to assess the health and economic outcomes of HIV prevention (particularly in injecting drug users) and care (including the effects of expanded health insurance). He also assesses strategies for family planning (contraception and abortion) and sexually transmitted disease control, as well as other medical interventions. Dr. Kahn is currently developing a model of the California health care system to assess the impact of universal health reform proposals.

Jaime King, J.D. Ph.D.

Course: HPL Seminar

Professor Jaime S. King is co-director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Science, Law and Health Policy; the executive editor of “The Source for Competitive Healthcare” blog; and the co-director of the Concentration on Law and Health Sciences. Her research examines some of the most complex challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system. An advocate for health reform, King focuses on the drivers of healthcare costs, with a special interest in market consolidation and efforts to improve transparency in healthcare pricing. In conjunction with Consortium Senior Fellow Anne Marie Helm, King’s research led to the creation of The Source on HealthCare Price & Competition, a multidisciplinary Web-based resource for information and analysis about healthcare cost and competition.

Read more about King.

Chris Koenig, Ph.D.

Courses: How to Evaluate Policy-Relevant Research and Program Evaluation

Chris Koenig

Christopher J. Koenig is Assistant Adjunct Professor in General Internal Medicine at the San Francisco VA. He specializes in qualitative and ethnographic research methods. Koenig has studied various aspects of health communication, including the provider-patient therapeutic alliance, multidisciplinary collaboration and continuity of care, treatment recommendations in acute and chronic illnesses, patient-centeredness, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). He has been published in various journals, including Social Science & Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Health Communication, and Patient Education and Counseling.

“I am a health communication scholar with training at the intersection of linguistics, sociology and communication studies. The goal of my research is to improve communication about health and illness through investigating language as a discursive social process. Overall, my work shows how communication can encourage culturally sensitive care to facilitate holistic well-being and to foster thoughtful reflection about the roles of health and illness in contemporary society.”

Kim Hanh Nguyen, Sc.D.

Course: Organization and System Change

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Kim Hanh Nguyen, Sc.D., is a research scientist focusing on chronic disease prevention and health disparities. Dr. Nguyen’s research at UCSF primarily addresses breast cancer disparities among Asian populations and seeks to increase our understanding on the social, cultural and health systems contexts that influence access and cancer-related outcomes among underserved minorities. She is currently studying marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages to minority children. Also, she has authored papers on tobacco control policy and cigarette smoking among vulnerable populations. She received her doctorate from Harvard School of Public Health.

Maria Raven, M.D., M.P.H., MSc

Course: Program Evaluation

Maria Raven, a practicing emergency medicine physician and health services researcher, is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF. Prior to joining the UCSF faculty in 2011, Dr. Raven completed her residency and a research fellowship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center, and oversaw one of six New York State Department of Health–funded Chronic Illness Demonstration Projects for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and New York State Medicaid. She consults with the San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP) on program implementation and evaluation related to their highest-cost health plan members and the upcoming state Health Homes Program. She is also the evaluator for a Santa Clara County Pay for Success program that provides permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless frequent users of the County health system and jail. Dr. Raven works clinically in the Emergency Department at Moffitt-Long and conducts research related to emergency medicine payment policy and frequent users of the health and social care system.

Laura Schmidt, M.P.H., MSW, Ph.D.

Course: Organization and System Change

Laura A. Schmidt is a Professor of Health Policy in the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. She holds a joint appointment in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. Schmidt is also Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program for UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. She received her Ph.D. training in sociology at UC Berkeley and, while there completed doctoral coursework in public health; Schmidt earned her master’s degree in clinical social work.

Schmidt’s central goal is to bridge the worlds of biomedical research, clinical practice and population health in ways that help us better understand some of the most pressing issues in health and health care today: the widening of health disparities and the societal of regulation risk factors in chronic disease. Substantive areas of her research include addiction, poverty, obesity-related metabolic disease—all burdens that are profoundly influenced by the organization of care and the social environment. A hallmark of her research is blended methodologies: She incorporates historical-archival, ethnographic and quantitative methods into most of her studies as a way to cross-validate findings and better interpret their meaning. Since its inception, her research program has been stably funded through awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in combination with funding from private foundations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Commonwealth Fund, Atlantic Philanthropies.

Joanne Spetz, Ph.D.

Course: Health Economics, and Cost Analysis and Value-Based Care

Joanne Spetz is a Professor at the Institute for Health Policy Studies and in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the School of Nursing at UCSF. She is the Associate Director for Research Strategy at the UCSF Center for the Health Professions and the Director of the UCSF Health Workforce Research Center. Her fields of specialty are labor economics, public finance and econometrics. Her teaching is in the areas of quantitative research methods, health care financial management and health economics.

She has led research on:

  • the health care workforce
  • organization of the hospital industry
  • impact of health information technology
  • effect of medical marijuana policy on youth substance use
  • quality of patient care

Spetz is a member of the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing and was a consultant to the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Nursing. She frequently provides testimony and technical assistance to state and federal agencies and policymakers. Spetz received her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University after studying economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.