Faculty & Staff
John McConnell, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Health Systems Effectiveness
Dr. McConnell is a health economist whose research has focused on state health policy, behavioral health, and quality improvement. His current work includes a study of the uptake and effectiveness of Lean and related management practices in more than 600 hospitals, and an economic evaluation of Oregon’s transformation to Coordinated Care Organizations.
Christina Charlesworth, M.P.H.
Research Associate | e-mail
Christina came to CHSE in 2015 from the epidemiology track at Oregon State University. Her prior research focused primarily on prescription medication use among older adults, including examination of characteristics associated with polypharmacy, national trends in prescription drug use, and the impact of functional status on outcomes among older adults receiving antihypertensive therapy.
Konrad Dobbertin, M.P.H.
Research Associate | e-mail
Konrad works on projects in quality improvement and cost reduction as part of CHSE's internal health care analytics team. He hails from OHSU's epidemiology and biostatistics program. Prior to joining CHSE, Konrad worked at the Oregon Office on Disability and Health, investigating disparities in health care access and utilization within the disability community.
Jonah Geddes, M.P.H.
Research Specialist | e-mail
Jonah works on OHSU Healthcare-mission projects, including quality improvement and evaluation of evidence-based clinical practices. A native Oregonian, Jonah came to CHSE from the research track at the Dartmouth Institute. His interests include embedded operations research and health systems transformations through applied Lean methodology.
Rani George, M.P.H.Project Manager | e-mail
Rani supports multiple CHSE projects and is currently focusing on a project evaluating the impact of Oregon's Medicaid reform model on reducing racial and ethnic disparities. Previously, she worked at the Oregon Public Health Division on a statewide evaluation of cancer genetic testing and follow-up procedures. She has contributed to education, planning and analysis activities with public health programs at county and state health departments, community health centers and international health settings.
Bruce Goldberg, M.D.
Senior Associate Director, Oregon Rural Practice Based Research Network (ORPRN)
Senior Fellow, CHSE
Bruce Goldberg, M.D. returned to OHSU in 2015 as senior associate director of the Oregon Rural Practice Based Research Network (ORPRN) and senior fellow of CHSE, where his wealth of delivery-systems experience helps steer our policy-related research programs. Bruce has devoted his career to advancing the organization, financing and delivery of health care. He served two Oregon governors in a number of roles including Director of the Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research and Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services, and then led the formation of the Oregon Health Authority from February 2011 through 2013. Bruce guided Oregon's nationally recognized health reforms transforming Oregon's Medicaid system to one based on a model of coordinated care. In addition he headed efforts to establish Oregon's Healthy Kids program providing health coverage for all children, improve Oregon's mental health system and transform the delivery of public human services to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. Bruce has been a practicing clinician in Oregon and in rural New Mexico, teacher/academician, county health officer, medical director for a Medicaid managed care organization, and Director of Community Health Services for the US Public Health Services in Zuni, New Mexico. He is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed his family medicine training at Duke University.
Health Economist | 503-494-7488 | e-mail
Peter is a health economist studying the health system transformation in Oregon and the impact of federal health reform on individuals, employers, and the states. In addition, Peter investigates health insurance theory, methodological issues, and lectures in health economics courses at OHSU.
Yifan Gu, M.S.
Statistical Analyst | e-mail
Yifan received her master's degree in statistics from the University of Minnesota. Her current projects include evaluating the effectiveness of Oregon's coordinated care organizations at various aspects of health systems transformation. Before coming to CHSE, she explored working as a statistician in high-tech, insurance, and consulting organizations. Yifan has additional educational background in public policy and is interested in leveraging machine-learning tools to drive policy making high-quality medical care available to everybody.
Marissa Hoover, M.P.H.
Project Manager | e-mail
Marissa is a project manager for the Washington All-Payer Claims Database (WA-APCD), which aims to improve health care transparency for the state of Washington. Prior to joining CHSE in September 2016, Marissa worked in the Research Department for a large health insurance carrier in Chicago. Marissa holds a MPH from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Health Economist | e-mail
Hyunjee's research focuses on health care providers' behavioral responses to payment incentives in the context of the US health care systems. Her recent work explores how home health agencies responded to the Medicare prospective payment system in the 2000s. She is also interested in the health care market, health care cost and quality, long-term care, and aging.
Jonah Kushner, M.P.P.
Research Program/Policy Manager | e-mail
Jonah contributes to evaluations of Oregon’s health system transformation efforts, including evaluations of coordinated care organizations and efforts to spread Oregon’s coordinated care model. In prior positions, he has planned and executed evaluations of diverse health and human services programs and made health care data meaningful and accessible to a variety of audiences through public-facing reports.
Senior Statistician | e-mail
Bonnie is a biostatistician who has worked on a wide variety of projects from cardiovascular epidemiology research to analyzing utilization of complementary and alternative medicine under insurance coverage. Her current interests include using data to drive healthcare system change and end-of-life care.
Stephan Lindner, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor | e-mail
Stephan is a health and labor economist who examines how characteristics and economic conditions of health-related programs and policies influence their effectiveness. Much of his work has focused on vulnerable population groups, including people with disabilities and displaced workers. At CHSE, Stephan currently works on an evaluation of AHRQ's EvidenceNOW, a multisite effort to improve primary-care treatment of cardiovascular risk factors.
Nicoleta Lupulescu-Mann, M.S.
Research Associate | e-mail
After completing her masters degree in statistics at Portland State University, Nicoleta spent several years in clinical reporting for a neighboring health care system. She joined CHSE in 2014 and currently supports several of our OHSU collaborators with large dataset analyses.
Thomas Meath, M.P.H.
Research Associate | e-mail
Thomas provides data analysis for the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) at the Portland VA Medical Center as well as for several CHSE projects. He came to CHSE in 2014 from the biostatistics track at Oregon State University, where his research included identifying risk factors for child and maternal health, assessing spatial environmental exposures, and evaluating hospital quality metrics.
Ruth Rowland, M.A.
Program Coordinator | e-mail
Ruth promotes linkages between CHSE's ongoing projects and with our internal and external partners and assists Dr. McConnell with center planning and administration. Before coming to CHSE, she spent seven years as administrator for OHSU's Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center. Her background is in communications and she has worked on a number of clinical and social-behavioral research studies.
Stephanie Renfro, M.A.
Project Manager | e-mail
Stephanie is a statistician with a background in measuring and reporting health care quality. Her current work includes evaluating the effectiveness of Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations in improving the quality of care while simultaneously reducing the growth rate of Medicaid spending. Prior to joining CHSE, Stephanie spent four years at the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, where her work included the calculation of quality ratings for health plans offered through Oregon's
insurance exchange, Cover Oregon.
Kyle Tracy, B.S.
Kyle received his BS in physics from the University of Washington. After a stint in the UW lab looking for dark matter, he ended up working as an analyst in finance. There he worked on projecting financial outcomes and building models for targeted marketing. After that, he hopped over to a large insurance carrier where his work focused on building and maintaining databases and mining medical records for use in forecasting life and disability risk. Kyle is interested in investigating inefficiencies in health care provision, how to improve care for vulnerable populations, and the use of machine learning techniques in health care.
Zoe Velie, B.A.
Research Assistant II | e-mail
Zoe joined CHSE in August 2016 after receiving her BA in Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University. She assists with CHSE's website development, social media accounts, and several research efforts including the federally-mandated Oregon Medicaid Waiver evaluation.
Kim Yee, M.P.H.
Research Analyst | e-mailKim joined CHSE in July 2016 and will be working on projects related to Medicaid coverage and identifying and reducing health disparities. Prior to this, Kim was a health economics and outcomes analyst at a private consulting firm, and worked for the Oregon Health Authority's All-Payer All-Claims project.
Jenny Young, M.Sc.
Research Associate | e-mailPrior to joining CHSE in October 2015, Ms. Young worked for two economic consulting firms, where her health care-related work included analysis of hospital mergers and an assessment of the economic consequences of medical liability reform. Ms. Young has experience performing quantitative analysis of data from a broad range of sources and drawing on multiple disciplines, including economics, finance, management, and sociology, to solve complex problems. Her current work at CHSE focuses on health care performance improvement and Medicaid financing. She holds a MSc in Economics from University College London.