Meet the EMHA Faculty

USC faculty members are making substantial contributions to research and education in healthcare, management, policy and related fields. Executive MHA faculty members are drawn from among USC Price’s distinguished full-time faculty, as well as selectively from faculty of other schools, such as the School of Pharmacy, Marshall School of Business, Annenberg School for Communications, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and the Keck School of Medicine, among others.

Adjunct Executive MHA faculty members are active and experienced practitioners in the greater professional community, contributing to a practical classroom environment that stimulates the rapid integration of concept with both faculty and participants’ on-the-job experiences. In addition to the involvement of seasoned executives as guest lecturers in class sessions, the EMHA also features a stellar roster of periodic special speakers who enrich the learning experience.



Alice Chen - Assistant Professor
Alice Chen, Assistant Professor

I am a health economist. My research focuses on the interactions between health insurance, access to care, and labor markets. Current projects include studies of infant mortality, returns to Medicare expenditures, and changes in inequality and mobility. I earned my PhD in Business Economics from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago.

Dana Goldman
Dana Goldman, Professor

I am the Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Director at USC's Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Serving as a policy advisor to the Congressional Budget Office and author of over 100 articles and book chapters, I have influence in both academic and policy circles. Previously, I held RAND’s Distinguished Chair in Health Economics.

Elizabeth Graddy
Elizabeth Graddy, Professor, Vice Dean

Holding the Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy, I teach courses in quantitative analysis, governance, and business and government. My research focuses on the private sector role in public service delivery, how industry and organizational structure affect performance, and how information asymmetry and uncertainty affect institutional design and effectiveness – especially in healthcare.




Howard Greenwald
Howard Greenwald, Professor

With research in public policy, health services, evaluation research, public opinion, and organizational management, I have served as director of USC’s Health Services Administration Program, chairman of the Western Network for Education in Health Administration, and commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. My major contributions are in health care delivery and socioeconomic disparities in health status and treatment outcomes. I also have an extensive consulting practice in program evaluation, policing, and medical/legal issues.

Paul Ginsburg
Paul Ginsburg, Professor of the Practice

I am the Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Previously, I served as President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, and founding Executive Director of the Physician Payment Review Commission (now the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.) I have also served as Senior Economist at RAND and served as Deputy Assistant Director at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). I am honored to have been named Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential Persons in Health Care” – eight times.

Michael Harris
Michael Harris, Professor of the Practice

Focused on health care issues related to prevention, wellness, and access to care for all populations, I am well versed in health care reform and the Affordable Care Act. With over 30 years experience, I concentrate on the development of future healthcare delivery models, innovation and its impact on quality of care concepts. With over 30 years of healthcare experience in managed care payer and provider contracting, Independent Physician Associations, Management Service Organizations, medical group operations, and management of ancillary services, I advise numerous healthcare organizations on the impact of reform and delivery system adaptability.




Glenn Melnick
Glenn Melnick, Professor

As the Blue Cross of California Chair in Health Care Finance, author of numerous articles in prestigious journals, and principal investigator for a number of funded projects in Jakarta, Indonesia, and in Taiwan, my expertise and global recognition is in health economics, health finance, health care systems, and managed care. Prior to USC, I served as a faculty member of the UCLA School of Public Health, a consultant at RAND, and an expert witness to the Federal Trade Commission.

Mike Nichol
Michael Nichol, Professor, EMHA Director

As Professor of Health Policy and Pharmaceutical Economics, I have developed and directed a number of graduate programs such in both the Price School of Public Policy and School of Pharmacy at USC. Publishing over 250 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, I provide consultation to health and insurance firms, and large physician groups. I also have served on multiple national boards and committees.

Paveljit Bindra, EMHA Faculty

I serve as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Information Officer of a 3-hospital, 625+ bed acute care health system with affiliated home health and hospice system. I have been responsible for a financial turnaround of $28 million, and have designed and overseen new hospital programs, financial optimization, and business development. With a Wharton MBA, Harvard MD & AB, Oxford MSc, extensive teaching and research experience, I have been a CEO/founder of investment firm, Fulbright Scholar,and recognized as one of the “2012 Up & Comers” by Modern Healthcare magazine.




Tom Collins, EMHA Faculty

With specialization in strategy formation, implementation, and leadership development, I am currently the president and founder of Strategy Advisors, a Southern California based healthcare consulting firm. Previously, I served as the President and CEO of Memorial Health Services, and as the chair of their Health System Board of Directors. With a doctorate in education from USC,I served as a consultant in curriculum planning and design for the EMHA program.

Gayathri Jith, EMHA Faculty

I currently serve as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Operations at Valley Presbyterian Hospital with specializations in operations, business development, financial management, hospital and dedical group management, compliance, and strategic planning. Previously, I held positions as Administrative Director of Children's Hospital Los Angeles,and Director of Patient Access and Revenue Cycle as well as Director of Physician Services/Business Development at St. Vincent Medical Center.

Kevin Kaldjian
Kevin Kaldjian, EMHA Faculty

Currently, I am the Director of Performance Excellence at Dignity Health at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Previously, I held the positions of Service Line Director for USC Digestive Health Center at Keck Medicine of USC and Director of Performance Management at Keck Hospital. I have also served as course faculty and class coordinator at USC's School of Pharmacy.




Kara Marx, EMHA Faculty

I am Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Methodist Hospital Southern California. As such, I provide vision and leadership on IT, Informatics and telecommunications to the organization. I am a change agent for health IT as well as transformation and support services to my organization's internal and external communities. Prior to joining Methodist Hospital, I worked as a senior consultant with several consulting firms including IBM and First Consulting Group. I am a registered nurse and have served on the Advisory Boards for KLAS Research and Quest Diagnostics.

Joseph Nihom
Joseph Nihom, EMHA Faculty

With over 25 years in managed care, I have comprehensive experience in all aspects of Medicare Part C Reimbursement and Eligibility and financial management. I have served as senior consultant at Pyxis Health Solutions, senior business analyst at Ingenix, and senior Medicare analyst/programmer at Kaiser Permanente. I have also taught finance in graduate programs at University of Portland and Portland State.

Simran Sahny, EMHA Faculty

I serve as Director of Strategic Services at St. Joseph Health in Irvine California providing strategic and consultative resource for the President’s Council and Local Ministries. As such, I coordinate, collaborate and provide support systems, regional and local strategic planning, market research and strategic development activities. Previously I served as Strategy and Capital Planner at Kaiser Permanente and was a Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.




Tyler Woolsey, EMHA Faculty

I serve as Lead Facilitator of Performance Improvement at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and am responsible for facilitating complex performance improvement activities, including leading large cross-functional process improvement teams and delivering results in specific time frames. I am also responsible for participating in the annual quality strategic planning process and regulatory or accreditation surveys that include review of performance improvement processes. Previously, I was a Manager of Hospital Operations and Performance Management at Keck Medicine of USC.

Susan Gautsch - Director of Online Learning
Susan Gautsch, Dir. Online Learning

I provide strategic direction and oversight of online learning programs including Executive Masters of Health Administration (ExecMHA), Masters of Public Administration (MPA), and several courses in public policy and development. I also teach graduate-level Human Behavior in Public Organizations in both online and on-the-ground formats. I have also taught graduate and undergraduate information technology strategy and operations courses at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and spearheaded the launch of their OnlineMBA program.



Health Advisory Board

The school’s programs in Health Policy and Management are guided by a prestigious group of industry leaders who serve as members of our Health Advisory Board.

The purpose of the Health Advisory Board is to:
•  Extend meaningful connections with leaders in the field who wish to contribute to the development of future healthcare leaders through coaching, mentoring, and positively influencing students at all points of their careers
•  Expand external relationships and awareness of the USC Price School’s health programs through proactive engagement of leading industry professionals
•  Identify emerging strategic healthcare issues, professional competencies, and learning opportunities that will help to shape program curriculum and both internal and external educational initiatives
•  Promotes dynamic collaboration among a broad cross-section of industry executives, faculty, and health alumni to ensure a strong program and well-prepared students.

To accomplish this purpose, members of the Health Advisory Board:

•  Stay current regarding USC Price health programs and engage in thinking about trends in the field (e.g. for “frontline issues” courses) and skills/competencies being sought in the healthcare marketplace
•  Participate as mentors, coaches, preceptors, guest lecturers, adjunct faculty and in networking events
•  Assist in identifying service learning opportunities, such as student projects, internships and residency sites
•  Work through councils to accomplish key functions, such as:
•  Liaison and coordination with USC Health Services Administration Alumni Association and USC Price Alumni Association
•  Mentorship and coaching of MHA and EMHA students
•  Developing selected educational events and activities.

Members of the Health Advisory Board include:

Bill Barcellona
Sr. Vice President for Government Affairs, California Association of Physician Groups

Eric Batch
Vice President of Advocacy/Government Relations, American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate

Gayle Bullock
Vice President, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Richard Cordova
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Mark Gamble
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hospital Association of Southern California

Bill Gil
President and CEO, Facey Medical Foundation

Carol J. Geffner Ph.D.
President, Newpoint Healthcare Advisors LLC

Michael Hunn
SVP/Regional Chief Executive, Providence Health & Services

Thomas Jackiewicz
Senior Vice President, USC Health

Patrick E. Kapsner
Chief Executive Officer, MemorialCare Medical Foundation

Mitchell Katz
Director, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Mike Low
Senior Managing Director, London Pacific & Partners, Inc.

Marcia Manker
CEO, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center

Matthew Mazdyasni
Executive Vice President and CFO, Healthcare Partners Medical Group

Ellen Riley
Senior Vice President, Kaufman Hall & Associates

Veeral Shah, MHA
Managing Director, Paladin Healthcare Capital

Suzanne Tinder Hansen
Senior Vice President, Population Health, Accretive Health, Inc.

Michael A. Uranga
President and CEO, Companion Management Group, LLC

Christopher D. Van Gorder, FACHE
President and CEO, Scripps Health

James Wetrich
President and General Manager, The Americas Molnlycke Health Care US LLC

Keith Wilson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Regional Medical Director, Talbert Medical Group, a division of HealthCare Partners