JAMES ROBINSON     

Director  

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James Robinson is Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology (BCHT) at the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on a variety of professional boards and advisory boards, including the Integrated Healthcare Association and National Institute for Health Care Management, and serves as contributing editor for Health Affairs journal.  Professor Robinson gives numerous keynote speeches and board presentations for medical technology firms, health plans, hospital systems, medical groups, universities, and public agencies.

 At Berkeley, Professor Robinson’s research focuses on the biotechnology, medical device, insurance, and health care delivery sectors. He has published three books and over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Health Affairs.  His most recent book, “Purchasing Medical Innovation: The Right Technology for the Right Patient at the Right Price” analyzes the roles of the FDA, health insurers, hospitals, and consumers in the assessment, purchasing, and use of high-cost implantable devices. Professor Robinson’s econometric research currently centers on the impact of reference pricing on consumer choices, employer spending, and health outcomes for inpatient and outpatient surgery, laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging, and pharmaceuticals.

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Kimberly MacPherson

KIMBERLY MACPHERSON

Co-Director

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Kimberly MacPherson, MBA, MPH, is the Program Director and a Lecturer in the Health Policy and Management faculty group at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She is responsible for the two-year MPH program, the one-year track for clinicians and the MPP/MPH joint-degree offered with the Goldman School of Public Policy. Ms. MacPherson teaches a variety of graduate-level courses at UC Berkeley, including the "Foundations of Health Policy and Management" and "Health Care Negotiations."

Ms. MacPherson brings to BCHT her 20 years of health industry experience, spanning leadership roles in operations, management consulting and strategic/business planning, and product development. She has consulted to a wide range of health care delivery, financing, and research organizations including Catholic Healthcare West, Ascension Health, Kaiser Permanente, Partners Healthcare, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Ms. MacPherson began her health career in 1988 as a Senior Account Executive with the group health division of Prudential Insurance. She holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business and an MPH from the School of Public Health, both at UC Berkeley. She also holds degrees in both Organizational Behavior and in Psychology from UC Davis.

 

 

Timothy Brown

TIMOTHY BROWN

Associate Director for Research

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Timothy Brown is the BCHT Associate Director for Research and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his doctorate in Health Services and Policy Analysis, with a specialization in health economics, from the University of California at Berkeley.

At Berkeley, Dr. Brown teaches analytic methods for health policy and management focusing on econometrics, experimental and quasi-experimental design, and surveys. He has published in scientific and policy journals such as Health Services Research, Health Economics, JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly known as the Archives of Internal Medicine), Social Science & Medicine, and the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Brown's current research at BCHT focuses on reference pricing and hospital efficiency with regard to the use of medical devices. Dr. Brown manages the research staff and day-to-day research work at BCHT.

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Christopher Whaley

CHRISTOPHER WHALEY

Staff Economist

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Christopher Whaley is a Research Economist at the School of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley. He received his PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis with a concentration in Health Economics from UC Berkeley in 2015. His research interests include price transparency and consumer information, health insurance plan design, and provider competition.

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EVE DONOVAN

Program Coordinator

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As Program Coordinator for the Berkeley Center for Health Technology, Eve is responsible for all of the Center's day-to-day communications, including its website and other publications, as well as financial coordination and event planning. She is a long-time university staff member, most recently serving as Administrative Officer and webmaster with Berkeley's Center for Weight & Health, now known as the Nutrition Policy Institute. 

 

 

NAN CHEN

Graduate Student Researcher

Nan Chen is a 4th year PhD candidate at University of California, Berkeley. He graduated from the School of Economics and Management at Wuhan University in 2013. After that, he joined the marketing group at Haas School of Business.

His research uses various empirical and/or analytical methods to answer relevant questions in economics and business, such as competition and welfare analysis, etc. In addition to academic research, he also had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for several undergraduate/MBA/EWMBA courses at Hass School of Business.

 

 

Chaoran Guo

CHAORAN GUO

Graduate Student Researcher

Chaoran Guo is a second-year PhD student in Health Services and Policy Analysis at the University of California, Berkeley, with a specialty in Health Economics. She graduated from Peking University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology and Economics. She later obtained her Master of Public Health from Emory University in 2013, where she majored in Health Policy and Management.

Chaoran worked as a Research Assistant at the CARE-USA in Atlanta, Georgia and at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC. Her primary research interests include health insurance plan design, development economics, tobacco use and nutrition. 

 

 


ERICA MADERO

Graduate Student Researcher

Erica is a second-year MPH student at UC Berkeley with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. She completed her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience. She then went on to earn a MS in Biological and Physical Sciences/Neuroscience from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Erica recently completed a summer internship in the Medical Affairs department at Omada Health, a digital therapeutics company based in San Francisco, California. Using her background in scientific research, she helped conduct clinical research trials to test the efficacy of Omada's online behavioral change program in preventing chronic disease development in various at-risk populations. She also conducted health economics analyses and participated in market research outreach aimed at program improvement.

Erica is interested in finding innovative ways to apply technology to chronic disease prevention efforts, particularly in underserved populations.  Outside of graduate school, Erica enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring new hiking spots in the Bay Area.

 

 

Francis Megerlin

FRANCIS MEGERLIN

Senior Fellow

Francis Megerlin is Professor at the University of Strasbourg – EUCOR (French-German-Swiss cluster of research universities) and also at the ESSEC Business School and Paris Institute of Political Studies. He is a senior fellow at the Berkeley Center for Health Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, and full member, Académie Nationale de Pharmacie, France.

Professor Megerlin holds a PhD in International & Comparative Law and a HDR in Pharmaceutical Sciences. His teaching covers health law, economics and policy. His current research focuses on the impact of advanced technologies (medtech, biotech, microbiome modulation), on innovative pricing and payment methods for health technologies and services, and on transformation of complex organizations under constraints.

He has published over 90 papers in scientific journals, policy journals, and books. His professional activities include his roles as keynote speaker for conferences, policy roundtables, national reforms, board meetings and settlement of international disputes. Pr Megerlin is also an oboist and an orchestra conductor.

 

 

CHRISTINA MURPHY

Graduate Student Researcher

Christina is a Health Policy and Management MPH student at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Prior to returning to graduate school, Christina worked for three years in Biotechnology in the area of Infectious Disease Diagnostics at a small NIH-funded company, ID-FISH Technology. She then worked for one year as a clinical trials monitor at a large Academic Research Organization, Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). At ID-FISH Christina worked domestically and internationally on the research and development of diagnostic test kits for TB and Malaria. At Duke, Christina worked on a FDA-funded HABP/VABP trial for the NIH-funded Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG http://www.arlg.org). She also worked to create an Infectious Disease Site Network to be used by clinical operations. 

Christina completed her undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. While at UC Santa Barbara Christina founded the campus organization MEDLIFE (Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere https://www.medlifeweb.org) which is currently in its 5th year at UC Santa Barbara. As President of the organization she led a group of students to rural Lima, Peru to do mobile medical clinics. She also volunteered her time weekly for 3 years visiting patients at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and various long-term care facilities. 

Christina’s interests include entrepreneurship, health management, long-term care, and improving inefficiencies in health systems. Outside of graduate school Christina enjoys traveling, soccer, yoga, hiking, concert-going, and cooking.

 

 


ELIZABETH RAJASINGH

Graduate Student Researcher

Elizabeth is a first-year joint MPH and MPP student at UC Berkeley.  As an undergraduate, she studied global development and public health at the University of Virginia. Prior to starting graduate school, Elizabeth was the Perls Research and Policy Fellow at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). At KEI, she worked at the intersection of data and policy to improve access to affordable medicines. Elizabeth is interested in continuing to study this topic, in addition to drug R&D and pricing issues. In her free time, she loves to cook, hike and watch bad television.