A number of internationally recognized researchers provide wide-ranging expertise to the operation of the Center for International Health Services Research and Policy. They include:
Dr. Joseph Coyne, the center's director and professor in WSU's Department of Health Policy and Administration, is an internationally recognized health care finance expert. Coyne, whose works are widely cited in leading textbooks, has held a visiting professor appointment at the Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy. He has served as international adviser to numerous organizations, including the French Ministry of Health, German Ministry of Health, Danish Ministry of Health, and Beijing Association of Teaching Hospitals. Coyne recently has collaborated with researchers at the University of Helsinki, the Center for Health Services Research at Bocconi University and the University of Lugano, in Lugano, Switzerland.
Dr. Jae Kennedy is a founding member of the center and associate professor in the WSU Department of Health Policy and Administration. Kennedy was a distinguished research fellow for 1999-2000 at the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. His international research has included collaborative efforts with Canadian universities and research institutes on drug affordability and access to health care.
Dr. Sean Murphy is an assistant professor of health policy and administration at Washington State University.
Dr. Eric McLaughlin is a professor in the finance, real estate, and law department of the College of Business Administration at California State Polytechnic University, and current chief executive officer of MB HealthWorks. McLaughlin has a Ph.D. in Business Administration and has taught at universities all over California including UCLA, USC, CSU, and the Claremont Graduate School.
Dr. Fevzi Akinci is interim dean of faculty of economics and administrative sciences at Zirve University in Gaziantep, Turkey. Akinci served four years with the Turkish Ministry of Health and is an internationally recognized health services researcher. His current research interests include burden of disease and cost effectiveness analysis of preventive health services; access to care; health related quality of life; disease management and health outcomes; comparative international studies of health care systems.
Dr. Mehtap Tatar is a professor at the School of Health Administration at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. Tatar's work has included health expenditure studies in Turkey and Azerbaijan, with funding from the World Bank and in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Peter Hilsenrath is the Joseph M. Long Chair of Health Care Management and Professor of Economics, University of the Pacific. Hilsenrath was with the Health Management and Policy Program at the University of Iowa from 1989 to 2000 and during that time spent a year, from 1995 to 1996, as chief economist at Syfrets Managed Assets in Cape Town. During the 1980s, Hilsenrath held appointments in the economics department at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. His research interests are in technology assessment, health systems, and medical and social sciences.
Dr. Jaakko Tuomilehto is a professor of public health at the University of Helsinki, in Helsinki, Finland. Tuomilehto serves on advisory boards for hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease journals around the world. He has published over 800 original research articles [in English alone] and additional articles in other languages. He is the 2002 Pfizer Visiting Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Michigan, and the recipient of the 2005 Lilly Lecture Award, University of Cambridge, UK. His research interests include the study of lifestyle interventions to improve outcomes among patients with diabetes.
Dr. Lorenzo Cantoni is a professor at the University of Lugano (Switzerland), School of Communication Sciences, and vice-director of the Institute of Communication and Education. Cantoni is director of the following laboratories: webatelier.net, production and promotion over the Internet, NewMinE Lab, New Media in Education Lab, and is executive director of Technology Enhanced Communication Lab and co-director of the eLearning Lab.
Cantoni is also president of the Lombardy Region Institute for Education and Training of Public Administration (in Milan, Italy) that operates the Italian Healthcare Management School and manages all the continuing medical education programs for the 100,000 healthcare professionals in the Lombardy Region.
His research interests are in communication theory and knowledge, education and new media, including computer mediated communications.
Dr. Daniel West is a chairman and professor in the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources, University of Scranton. He is also a professor in public health at Trnava University, Slovakia and a visiting professor at the University of Matej Bel in Slovakia.
He was recently appointed affiliated faculty at Tbilisi State Medical University, Department of Public Health and Health Management, Tbilisi, Georgia. He is the recipient of a AIHA/USAID grant to develop a health management education partnership in the Republic of Georgia with the National Health Management Center and the University of Scranton.
He is co-editor and co-founder of the Journal of Health Sciences Management and Public Health, Georgia's first professional journal in healthcare management. He has served as the U.S. partnership coordinator for the Slovakia/Scranton Health Management Education Partnership, an effort requiring extensive involvement with universities, physicians and health care professionals in Slovakia.