Bita A. Kash, Ph.D., M.B.A., FACHE, is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Bita Kash received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research from Texas A&M University in 2007 and joined the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health in September 2007. She currently teaches healthcare strategic planning and marketing for MHA and MPH programs, the MHA Capstone course, and serves on multiple PhD student committees.
Dr. Kash is the Director of a six-university National Science Foundation (NSF) industry/university cooperative research center – the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) – anchored at Texas A&M University. As Director and PI of the NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), Dr. Kash conducts research to support the implementation of evidence-based transformational strategies within healthcare organizations. Dr. Kash is currently spearheading three important research projects: 1) evaluation of alternative team models of care in the surgical setting, 2) translating emerging models of cancer care into facilities design, and 3) development and classification of successful hospital readmission reduction strategies. Dr. Kash’s research model relies on the knowledge and experience of healthcare leaders to guide academic research. Her cooperative and multi-disciplinary research model has resulted in over $5 million in external research funding from the NSF, industry and other sources. Dr. Kash also serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Healthcare Management, a peer-reviewed research journal of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and received the ACHE Service Award in 2015.
- PhD, Health Services Research, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
- MBA, The Citadel
- BS, Environmental Design (Hospitals), University of Missouri Columbia
Honors and Awards
- American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Service Award, 2015
- AHRQ Dissertation Grant Award, 2006
- Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research Award, 2004
- Dean’s Doctoral Student Award for Research Excellence
- Strategic planning, management, and decision making related to strategic change initiatives in hospitals, health systems, and nursing homes
- Absorptive capacity for transformation and change in healthcare organizations
- Application of Resource Based Theory (RBT) in healthcare strategic management and integration efforts
- Staff mix, turnover, and staff qualifications as a measure of structural quality
Lesley Tomaszewski, PhD
Managing Director, NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT)
Dr. Tomaszewski is the Managing Director at the Center for Health Organization Transformation. Her main responsibilities are to increase industry engagement and research dissemination as well to assist with the center’s operational management. Dr. Tomaszewski has over 16 years of academic program planning and evaluation experience. After earning her PhD from Texas A&M University, she worked as an assistant research scientist at Texas A&M University then transitioned to an assistant professor at Mays Business School. From 2010-2014, Dr. Tomaszewski worked in the Netherlands as a faculty member, researcher and administrator.
- PhD, Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University
- MS, Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University
- BA, Anthropology, Texas A&M University
- Post-doctoral appointment, Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning, Texas A&M University, 2004-2006
James V. Gigliotti
Chairperson, Industry Advisory Board
Jamey is the Director of Provider Facing Analytics in the Health Plan Informatics Organization at Highmark Inc., and is responsible for the development and deployment of the analytic infrastructure necessary to support various provider pay for value and quality incentive strategies. Throughout his 29 years in the health care industry, Jamey has experience in Provider Network Development, Care Management, Operations, Strategic Planning, Project Oversight, and Informatics. Jamey is currently the Industry Advisory Board Chairman for the Center for Health Organization Transformation, an NSF sponsored Industry /University Collaborative Research Center.
- BS, Business Administration and Accounting, Shippensburg University
- Certified Health Consultant, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Norma Padrón, PhD
Vice-Chairperson, Industry Advisory Board
Dr. Padrón, Associate Director Main Line Health Center for Population Health Research at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, recently accepted the nomination for the IAB Vice-Chair beginning in Jan. 2017. Dr. Padrón’s main goal at Main Line Health is to translate her work and research into actionable strategies that contribute to the improvement of care delivery models and outcomes for patients. Her research uses novel methodologies to design care delivery and payment models to advance population health and has been funded by government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and private foundations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, WT Grant Foundation and NYS Health Foundation. She will work closely with Mr. James Gigliotti (IAB Chair) on CHOT-related duties and will serve as additional liaison between IAB members and Site Directors.
Education Norma A. Padron, PhD, MPH, MA – LIMR – Researcher Profile
Darcy McMaughan, PhD
Site Director, Texas A&M University
Darcy McMaughan, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health. Dr.McMaughan has participated in and led many research projects in the area of improving health and wellness for individuals living with disabilities. Recently, she has led projects on measuring care needs for people living with disabilities; on antibiotic stewardship for frail older adults living with disabilities; and chronic pain and quality of health for people living with disabilities including children with intellectual disabilities. She currently leads a statewide initiative to assess the care needs of children with disabilities accessing public health insurance through a new Medicaid managed care roll‐out. Dr. McMaughan is director of the Program on Disability Research and Community Based Care.
- Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Texas A&M School of Public Health- 2010
- M.S.Ed, College of Education, Texas A&M University- 2005
- B.A. in Psychology, Texas A&M University- August 2002
- Propedeuse Psychology, University of Amsterdam- May 1999
- Human and Organizational Factors Affecting Staffing of Nursing Homes
- Antibiotic Stewardship in Long Term Care Supports and Services
- Defining, Measuring, and Preventing Abuse, Neglect, and Fraud in Long Term Care Supports and Services
- Dynamics of Need and Utilization in Community Based Long Term Supports and Services
- Management of Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
- Qualitative and Mixed Methodologies
Eva K. Lee, PhD
Site Director, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Lee is a Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and the Director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare. She is also a Senior Research Professor at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Dr. Lee works in the area of mathematical programming and large-scale computational algorithms with a primary emphasis on medical/healthcare decision analysis and logistics operations management. She tackles challenging problems in health systems and biomedicine through systems modeling, algorithm and software design, and decision theory analysis. Dr. Lee is currently the secretary and treasurer for the INFORMS Optimization Society, and a Subdivision Council member of the INFORMS Health Applications Section. She is Co-Editor for the Annals of Operations Research sub-series: Operations Research in Medicine — Computing and Optimization in Medicine and Life Sciences, and Issue Editor for Asia Pacific Journal of Operations Research on Medical and Biological Applications. She also serves on the Editorial Board for Cancer Informatics.
- PhD, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University
- BS, Mathematics, Hong Kong Baptist University
Honors and Awards
- Franz Edelman Award, 2007
- INFORMS Pierskalla Award for Research Excellence in HealthCare and Management Science, 2005
- Extraordinary Women Engineers Award, 2004
- Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Grant for Young Investigators
- NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1996
- Postdoctoral Fellowship for Parallel Computation, Konroad-Zuse-Zentrum Informationstechnik Berlin, 1995
- Postdoctoral Fellowship on Scientific Computing, NSF/NATO
Conrad Tucker, PhD
Site Director, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Tucker is the director of the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (D.A.T.A) Laboratory. His research focuses on the design and optimization of complex systems and intelligent assistive technologies through the acquisition, integration and mining of large scale, disparate data. Three characteristics of engineered systems and intelligent assistive technologies that Dr. Tucker’s research group explores are: i) the ability to sense an environment, ii) the ability to characterize relevant system attributes, and iii) the ability to learn and predict future states that aid decision makers. Dr. Tucker engages both undergraduate and graduate students in data mining/machine learning–related research projects, which have resulted in over 60 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Tucker is part of the inaugural class of the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program whose mission is to provide access to higher education to students from underrepresented groups. Dr. Tucker was invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) in October 2013 and is currently serving a three year term as a member of the Advisory Committee for the NAE’s FOEE.
- Ph.D, Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois
- M.B.A, Business Administration, University of Illinois
- M.S, Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois
- B.S, Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Honors and Awards
- ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers & Information in Engineering Conference Best Paper Award, 2016
- National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Advisory Committee Member, 2016
- Summer Faculty Fellowship Program: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Summer ,2014 and 2015
- Innovative Early-Career Engineering Faculty Symposium hosted by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), 2013
- The Schreyer Honors College Distinguished Honors Faculty Program, 2012
- The Pennsylvania State University Hartz Family Career Development Professorship, 2011
- Machine Learning/Data Mining
- Text Mining/Natural Language Processing
- Virtual Design and Simulation
- Sensors and Sensing Systems
- Intelligent Assistive Technologies
Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD
Site Director, University of Alabama Birmingham
Dr. Weech-Maldonado is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a national authority in health disparities, cultural competency tools for healthcare organizations, racial and ethnic differences in patient experiences with care, and long-term care. Imparting this expertise to students, researchers and healthcare leaders may improve management’s ability to fully understand and better address challenges faced by racial/ethnic minorities and the elderly, possibly improving access and quality of care outcomes for these populations. Dr. Weech-Maldonado has influenced national organizations and health policy through various roles in such national and international healthcare organizations as Academy of Management, Health Services Research (editorial board), AcademyHealth, American College of Healthcare Executives, Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (study section member), and Office of Minority Health, DHHS.
- PhD, Business Administration, Temple University
- MBA, University of Puerto Rico
- BS, Biology, Trinity University
Honors and Awards
- Paul T. Bruder Best Paper Award, Third International Conference on Healthcare Systems, 2004
- Excellence in Research on Aging and Rural Health Award, Gerontological Health Section, American Public Health Association, 2002
- Best Theory-to-Practice Paper Award, Health Care Management Division, Academy of Management, 2002
- Distinguished Paper Award, Business & Health Administration Association 2002
- Health Management Research Award, American College of Healthcare Executives, 1999
- Organizational and market factors on access, quality, and costs of care for vulnerable populations, particularly the elderly and racial/ethnic minorities
Nancy M Borkowski, DBA
Co-Site Director, University of Alabama Birmingham
Dr. Borkowski is Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has over 20 years experience in the healthcare industry and is a two-time past recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executive’s (ACHE) Southern Florida Senior Career Healthcare Executive Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health management excellence. Dr. Borkowski is a certified public accountant, board certified in health management, and a Fellow of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She is a nationally recognized author with the first edition of her book Organizational Behavior in Health Care being referred to as “one of the most significant advances in the field of health services administration,” which was awarded the AJN 2005 Book of the Year Award for nursing leadership and management. She is the author of three textbooks that are widely used both nationally and internationally in graduate and undergraduate health administration and nursing programs. Dr. Borkowski teaching interests are leadership, organizational behavior, and strategic management. She is a past recipient of the ACHE’s Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given to faculty who engage in furthering academic excellence and the professional development of health management students. In addition, Dr. Borkowski holds a Visiting Professor appointment in the School of Humanities and Management at Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China. Over the past decade, Dr. Borkowski has served in various leadership roles for the Academy of Management’s Health Care Management Division, American College of Healthcare Executive’s Southern Florida Regent’s Advisory Council, the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum, and various other health related organizations. In 2013, Dr. Borkowski was the recipient of the Jessie Trice Hero Award for her leadership and commitment to improving the lives of underserved and minority populations. She has also been honored with the Exemplary Service Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (2012) and the Reeves Silver Merit Award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (2014).
- DBA, Health Services Administration and Accounting, Nova Southeastern University
- MS/HSA, Nova Southeastern University
- BBA, Accounting, Florida Atlantic University
Honors and Awards
- Leader-to-Leader Award in the Academic Category, American College of Healthcare Executives (2015)
- Reeves Silver Merit Award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (2014)
- Health Choice Network of Florida’s Jessie Trice Hero Award (2013)
- American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) Southern Florida Regent’s Senior Career Healthcare Executive Award (2012).
- Exemplary Service Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (2012)
- Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (2010)
- Follmer Bronze Merit Award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (2009)
- Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (2008).
- American College of Healthcare Executives’ Faculty Advisor Regent’s Award, District 2 (2006)
- 2005 AJN Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing in the nursing management and leadership category (2006).
- Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (2004).
- American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) Southern Florida Regent’s Senior Career Healthcare Executive Award (2002).
- Healthcare strategic planning and management
- Organizational behavior in healthcare
- Healthcare provider social network analysis
Ankur Agarwal, PhD
Site Director, Florida Atlantic University
- Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
- M.S.C.E., Florida Atlantic University
- B.S.E.E., India
- Health & Medical Informatics System Design
- Embedded System Design
- Mobile Systems and Application Development
- MultiCore Architectures
- Real-Time System Design