Faculty

In the UW Master of Health Administration program, you'll learn from a diverse faculty with a rich blend of expertise and experience and a strong commitment to innovation.

Courses are taught by professors and researchers from the UW, as well as local industry professionals who have experience leading health care organizations.

The MHA faculty includes leaders in health administration research who are investigating areas such as clinical processes, health systems, health care finance and delivery, risk and insurance and health care policy.

Sarah Cave

Sarah Cave is a senior lecturer and program director of the Master of Health Administration programs in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. She specializes in health care management and strategy, and has 15 years of experience in health care administration, including positions at ECG Management Consultants, Providence Health & Services and PeaceHealth. A graduate of the UW MHA program, Cave returned to the School of Public Health in 2014 as chief operating officer, responsible for human resources administration, facilities and space management, strategic planning and other operations. 

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Jerome Dugan

Jerome Dugan is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and the Leo Greenawalt Professor of Health Policy for the MHA programs. He currently teaches the HSMGMT 500: Risk & Insurance Seminar. His research examines how health-related factors, such as an individual's health insurance status or the structure of providers and payer institutions, impact medical decision-making and the cost and quality of care sought and received. Dugan earned his bachelor's in economics from Clemson University and his master's and doctorate in economics from Rice University. 

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Penny Edlund 

Profile | pennye@uw.edu 


Paul Fishman

Paul Fishman is a professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and senior scientific investigator at Group Health Research Institute. He teaches classes in health economics and health policy and conducts research on the cost of chronic illnesses and alternative ways to organize and finance primary health care. Fishman earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Washington.

Profile | paulfish@uw.edu


Branko Kopjar

Branko Kopjar is an associate professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and the director of the Executive Master of Public Health program. He is also director of the Clinical Research Center (International Division) at Chongqing University in China. Kopjar’s research and academic focus is on evidence-based health policy, clinical epidemiology and health outcomes. He has authored or co-authored over 400 scientific publications. He has a doctor of medicine from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Oslo, Norway.

Profile | brankok@uw.edu


Robert Malte

Robert (Bob) Malte is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and practitioner-in-residence for the MHA program. His academic interests include strategy, leadership organizational systems and governance. He retired in 2018 as the CEO of EvergreenHealth, a top-ranked health care system, capping a 40-year management career to help teach the next generation of health care leaders. He previously served as president and CEO of Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Denver and also held senior leadership positions with ThedaCare, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center and Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Bob served on multiple boards, including the Washington State Hospital Association, where he is past chair. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland. Malte holds a master of business administration from the University of Chicago.

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Christina Mastrangelo

Christina Mastrangelo is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Systems & Engineering and a joint professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. Mastrangelo's primary research fields are systems engineering, quality engineering and empirical stochastic modeling. Her research interests include the areas of operational modeling for semiconductor manufacturing, system-level modeling for infectious disease control, multivariate quality control, statistical monitoring methods for continuous and batch processing and multi-response modeling. Mastrangelo earned a doctorate in industrial engineering from Arizona State University.

Profile | mastr@uw.edu


Kurt O'Brien

Kurt O’Brien is a senior lecturer with the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. He specializes in leadership development and coaching, interpersonal skills development, team development, strategic planning and conflict resolution. He also designs and conducts workshops on topics such as dialogue, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, influencing change and TeamSTEPPS. O’Brien has a master of human resource and organizational development from the University of San Francisco.

Profile | kcobrien@uw.edu


Sallie Thieme Sanford

Sallie Sanford is an associate professor in the UW School of Law and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. Her research interests focus on health reform, health care delivery systems, health administration law, Medicare and Medicaid, comparative health law, and medical and administrative ethics. Sanford previously worked as a legal representative for the University of Washington Health Sciences, including the UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. She is past president of the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys. Sanford has a juris doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Profile | sanfords@uw.edu


Jeff Sconyers

Jeff Sconyers is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. From 1994 to 2015 he was senior vice president and general counsel at Seattle Children's Hospital. Sconyers’ research interests include community emergency preparedness and response, and institutional conflicts of interest, and he is a frequent speaker on topics such as legal ethics and public health law. He is former chair of the advisory commission on childhood vaccines under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He currently serves on the ethics committees of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Swedish Medical Center, Skagit Valley Hospital and Tacoma General Hospital. He is also on the board of Northwest Healthcare Response Network and on the board of directors of Seattle Proton Center Holdings. Sconyers has a juris doctor from Yale University.

Profile | jscony@uw.edu


Dennis Stillman

Dennis Stillman is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and an independent consultant. Before joining the UW faculty and establishing his consulting practice, Stillman worked in health care organizations for 20 years, including as chief financial officer of the UW Medical Center. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience in accounting and financial management at the UW. He is active in the Washington/Alaska Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and became a fellow in 1991. Stillman has a master of health administration from the University of Washington.

Profile | stillman@uw.edu


Edward West

Ed West is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. A health care transformation subject matter expert, consultant and leader, he has more than 25 years of experience helping health care organizations achieve their transformation goals. He has had leadership positions and/or consulted for several prestigious health care organizations, including Mayo Clinic, MedStar Health, Sutter Health, Providence Health & Services and Premier Healthcare Alliance. He earned a Lean Healthcare Certificate from North Carolina State University and has served as an instructor and mentor for that program. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the Health Care Management & Policy programs at Georgetown University. West earned a master’s degree in organizational development at Johns Hopkins University, a master of health administration at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology at Macalester College.

Profile | ewest2@uw.edu


Ken White

Ken White is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and an independent consultant. His research interests include health care quality assessment and patient satisfaction. White has a doctorate in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master of health administration from the University of Washington.

Profile | kdwhite@uw.edu


Suzanne Wood

Suzanne Wood is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, she has 25 years of health care experience, with expertise in international business strategy and health care management. Wood has served as a consultant for numerous strategic planning initiatives for the military health system, public and nonprofit service organizations and foreign governments. At the UW, she teaches courses on applied research and health care strategy and conducts translational research on health care strategy, business operations and service delivery. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Wood has a doctorate in business administration from Old Dominion University.

Profile | sjwood@uw.edu


Rachel Wortman Morris

Rachel Wortman Morris is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. She works as a business program manager for the Worldwide Learning team at Microsoft. She is a systems thinker who can convey insights about culture and processes and teach people how to work together to improve them. Wortman Morris previously worked as a senior instructional designer at Virginia Mason Institute and an instructional design consultant at UW Medicine. She also serves as a board member of Transplant House and a member of the Smooth Transitions working group for the Foundation for Health Care Quality. She holds a doctorate in comparative studies from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in literature from Middlebury College.

Profile | rwmorris@uw.edu