Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H. is the Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, Davis. She received her M.D. from UC San Francisco and her MPH in epidemiology from UC Berkeley. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts, worked for the Indian Health Service, and was on the faculty of MetroHealth Medical Center/Case Western University before coming to UC Davis in 1992.

Her research focuses on cancer prevention, women’s health, particularly in regard to decision making and patient preferences, comparative effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. With funding by private foundations, the American Cancer Society, the California Breast Cancer Research Program, and the National Cancer Institute, she has pursued research on effectiveness, preferences, decision making, and cost-effectiveness of preventive interventions related primarily to breast and cervical cancer.


Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Dr. Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D. is the Associate Director for the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and Professor of Public Health Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Health Economics from The John Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland in 1999.

Dr. Hoch is an award winning teacher who has taught Health Economics and Economic Evaluation classes in the United States and internationally. Dr. Hoch pursues research making health economics more useful to decision makers.


Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, FAAP
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Patrick Romano is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and senior faculty in the Graduate Groups in Epidemiology, Public Health, Clinical Research, and Nursing Science and Healthcare Leadership at the University of California (UC) Davis. He is a graduate of Princeton University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He completed training in internal medicine and pediatrics at University Hospitals of Cleveland, followed by fellowship training in health services research at UC San Francisco. Dr. Romano's research and teaching interests focus on developing, testing, and validating health care quality measures, using outcomes data to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care, and studying the role of physicians and nurses in optimizing quality and safety across the health care industry.


James F. Holmes, M.D.
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

James F. Holmes Jr. has presented grand rounds in trauma and pregnancy, pediatric abdominal trauma and spinal trauma. He has studied various approaches to improving both cost effectiveness and quality of care in the emergency department, including clarifying the indications for computer tomography of head injuries, and prospectively evaluating the role of laboratory tests in detecting unsuspected intra-abdominal injury in pediatric blunt-trauma patients.

*The CHPR Leadership Team also includes staff personnel: Monica Steinhart, CAO; Melissa Gosdin, Ph.D; Meghan Weyrich, M.P.H.; Kirstin Truitt, B.A.