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.
Jeffrey Bissey, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services, is a practicing pediatrician and, associate medical director for primary care at the Everett Clinic. He has an M.D. from Baylor University and an MHA from the University of Washington.
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Sarah Cave is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services specializing in health care management and strategy. She has 15 years of experience in health care administration, including stints 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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Van Chaudhari is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services, as well as the administrator for population health management with the chief health system and chief medical offices of UW Medicine. She has an extensive background in population health, health care administration and Lean Six Sigma process improvement. Chaudhari is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MHA from the University of Ottawa.
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Doug Conrad is a professor emeritus in the Department of Health Services. His research interests include vertical integration in health services, integrated health systems and the impact of financial incentives on physician behavior. Conrad has an MBA and a Ph.D. in economics and finance from the University of Chicago and an MHA from the University of Washington.
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Raghu “Rags” Durvasula is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Health Services. As associate medical director of clinical operations and medical director of dialysis services at the University of Washington Medical Center, he leads a variety of process improvement initiatives to promote quality, safety, and value in health care delivery. Durvasula has an M.D. from McGill University and an MHA from the University of Washington.
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Paul Fishman is a professor in the Department of Health Services 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 Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.
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Phil Haas, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services, serves as practitioner-in-residence for the MHA program. Previously, he served on the board of trustees at Group Health Cooperative and as a network market head for Aetna, administrator of payer relations for Valley Medical Center, executive director of the Virginia Mason Health Plan and president/CEO of First Choice Health Network. Haas’s areas of academic interest include health insurance, managed care, health policy and comparative health systems. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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Joe Heim, a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services and a research scientist in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, is the director of the ISE Health Systems Engineering Center. Previously, he has held executive and senior management positions in software product development, supply chain planning and analysis, materials procurement, market research, sales and operations planning and business analytics. He has a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Purdue University.
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Larry Kessler is a professor of the Department of Health Services. Kessler previously served as director of the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. His research interests revolve around cost effectiveness and diagnostic value of medical technology in screening for cancer and other disease. He has a Sc.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
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Branko Kopjar is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services 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 an M.D. from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Oslo, Norway.
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Robert (Bob) Malte is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Services and practitioner-in-residence for the MHA program. His academic interests include strategy, organizational systems and governance. He retired in 2018 as the CEO of EvergreenHealth; he previously served as president and CEO of Exempla Lutheran Medical Center and also held senior leadership positions with Theda Care, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center and Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Malte holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Christina Mastrangelo is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Systems & Engineering and a joint professor in the Department of Health Services. 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 Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University.
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David Masuda is a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education in the School of Medicine and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Health Services. He has 15 years of experience in clinical medicine as well as five years of experience in executive leadership. For the last 20 years, Masuda has taught at the UW in the schools of medicine, nursing and public health, teaching courses in clinical informatics, population health management, project management, health care services and public health. Masuda has an M.D. from the University of North Dakota and an M.S. in administrative medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Daniel Merlino is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and a principal at ECG Management Consultants, which specializes in the business and strategy of health care organizations. His research interests include organizational structures and provider alignments within health care. He has an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Kurt O’Brien is a senior lecturer with the Department of Health Services. He specializes in leadership development and coaching, interpersonal skills development, team development, strategic planning and conflict resolution, and he designs and conducts workshops on topics such as dialogue, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, influencing change and TeamSTEPPS. O’Brien has an M.H.R.O.D. from the University of San Francisco.
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Neha Patel is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and a production system specialist for Virginia Mason. She has also worked in the Seattle Kaizen Promotion Office and has led numerous quality process improvement initiatives and implementations at Virginia Mason. She previously worked as a nurse supervisor for Virginia Mason’s Dermatology Service Line and as an emergency room nurse at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. She also serves as a facilitator for Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest and works on the Transgender Service Line Guiding Team at Virginia Mason. Patel holds a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Washington, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Washington State University, and an MHA from the University of Washington.
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Miruna Petrescu-Prahova is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and an investigator at the Health Promotion Research Center, which conducts research to promote the health and well-being of middle-aged and older adults. Petrescu-Prahova’s research interests include healthy aging, social networks and the social determinants of health. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Irvine.
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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 Services. 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 J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Jeff Sconyers is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services. 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 J.D. from Yale University.
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Connor Shea is a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services and a senior Lean consultant at Kaiser Permanente Washington, where he works on initiatives to increase efficiency and patient satisfaction. Shea is passionate about engaging MHA students in the power and potential of continuous process improvement in health care. He has an MHA from the University of Washington.
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Clarence Spigner is a professor in the Department of Health Services and the director of the MPH and MS Programs in Health Services. Spigner's teaching and research interests are in the health of disadvantaged populations, race and ethnic relations, and the intersections of popular culture's influence on health. His primary and critical focus is in community based research and the inherent contradictions of race, gender, and structural inequalities within institutions of health and medicine. He has published research on topics including tobacco-related behavior, organ donation and transplantation, stress and coping strategies, and intra-ethnic tensions. He has an MPH and a Dr.Ph. in behavioral science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Dennis Stillman is senior lecturer and program director of MHA programs in the Department of Health Services 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 CFO 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 an MHA from the University of Washington.
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Ken White is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and an independent consultant. His research interests include health care quality assessment and patient satisfaction. White has a Ph.D. in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MHA from the University of Washington.
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Suzanne Wood is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services. 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 Ph.D. in business administration from Old Dominion University.
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Rachel Wortman Morris
Rachel Wortman Morris is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services. 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 Ph.D. in comparative studies from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in literature from Middlebury College.
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