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 serves on the executive committee for the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and was recently appointed to the US Preventive Services Task Force. 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.
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.
Department of Internal Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Patrick Romano is 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. His research interests include 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. Over the past 22 years, he has written or co-written nearly 150 peer-reviewed papers and provided technical assistance to many agencies involved in measuring or reporting on health care quality, including the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and Office of the Patient Advocate, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has served on or chaired expert panels for the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the World Health Organization, the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), and the American Medical Association's Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement. Effective April 2014, he also serves as co-Editor in Chief of Health Services Research (HSR), an official journal of AcademyHealth.
Teresa L. Duran (Farley), M.S.
Management Services Officer IV
Teresa joined the center in 2004 and has over 25 years of project and operations management. She currently serves as the Center Management Service Officer providing leadership for the center, managing various research projects and the center daily operations. Teresa holds a masters’ degree in counseling, with a career specialization.
Her current research interests include health care quality, healthcare and prevention in underserved populations. Teresa is especially interested in community based research, working in collaboration with a variety of providers, community partners and schools to reach underserved and marginalized populations including non-native English speakers. She is bilingual, reading, writing and speaking Spanish fluently.