Skip to main content
Executive Master of Health Administration

Faculty

In the UW Executive Master of Health Administration program, you'll learn from a diverse faculty with a rich blend of expertise and experience and a strong commitment to innovation.

Courses are taught by professors and researchers from the UW, as well as local industry professionals who have extensive experience leading health care organizations.

The faculty includes leaders in health administration research who are investigating areas such as clinical processes, health systems, health care finance and delivery, risk and insurance, and health care policy.

Paul Fishman — Interim Program Director

Paul Fishman is a professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and the Cheryl M. Scott — Group Health Professor. He is the interim program director for the MHA program and a senior scientific investigator at Group Health Research Institute. He teaches classes in health economics and health policy, and conducts research on the cost of chronic illnesses and alternative ways to organize and finance primary health care. Fishman earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Washington.

Profilepaulfish@uw.edu


Ross Baker

Ross Baker is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. He recently completed 10+ years working as director of public policy for Virginia Mason Medical Center. Previously, he served as chief of staff for the King County Council and directed government relations and policy for Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Regence Blue Shield. In his career, he has worked extensively on the Affordable Care Act and health care funding and reform issues. Baker is an attorney and holds a juris doctor from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.

rcbaker7@uw.edu


Jeffrey Bissey

Jeffrey Bissey, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health, is a practicing pediatrician and associate medical director for primary care at the Everett Clinic. He has a doctor of medicine from Baylor University and a master of health administration from the University of Washington.

Profile jbissey@comcast.net


Anthony Dorsch

Anthony Dorsch is a clinical instructor for the MHA programs. He earned his master of business administration and master of health administration from the University of Washington. His research interests include capital management, fair market valuation of strategic capital projects, time-driven activity-based costing and at-risk contracting for accountable care organizations. Dorsch serves as the executive director at UW Physicians.

Profile ajdorsch@uw.edu


Penny Edlund

Penny Edlund is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. She is currently a senior health care management consultant at Milliman, Inc., and her career includes leadership positions with Optum/UnitedHealth Group, Kaiser Permanente, Centene and Tenet. Edlund is committed to improving health care quality, value and outcomes, and in her more than 30 years of experience in clinical operations, program design and strategy, she has focused on population health, innovation, and quality and performance improvement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Pepperdine University, and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.

Profilepenelope.edlund@gmail.com


Tanya Karwaki

Tanya Karwaki is an affiliate instructor in the UW School of Law. Her research interests focus on the intersection of health law, bioethics and health policy, and her research examines the impact of law and regulation on health care access and delivery, including emerging trends in health care delivery, health care professionalism and provider-patient relationships. Karwaki earned her master’s in zoology from the University of California, Davis, and her juris doctor and master’s and doctorate in law from the UW School of Law.

tkarwaki@uw.edu


Branko Kopjar

Branko Kopjar is an associate professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and the director of the Executive Master of Public Health program. He is also director of the Clinical Research Center (International Division) at Chongqing University in China. Kopjar’s research and academic focus is on evidence-based health policy, clinical epidemiology and health outcomes. He has authored or co-authored over 400 scientific publications. He has a doctor of medicine from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Oslo, Norway.

Profile | brankok@uw.edu


Robert Malte

Robert (Bob) Malte is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and the past practitioner-in-residence for the MHA program. His academic interests include leadership best practices, governance, effective organizational systems, culture, DEI, and climate change-teaching courses in health systems and public health. Malte also leads the Case Competition program and serves on the Education Committee. He retired as the CEO of EvergreenHealth in 2018, capping a 40-year management career. He previously served as president and CEO of Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Denver and also held senior leadership positions with ThedaCare, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center and Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Malte was a board member and chair of the Washington State Hospital Association, and currently serves on the board of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Profilerhmalte7@uw.edu​


Linda Marzano

Linda Marzano is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and the practitioner-in-residence for the MHA program. She holds an MHA from Barry University. 

Profilelmarza@uw.edu


Christina Mastrangelo

Christina Mastrangelo is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Systems & Engineering and a joint professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. Mastrangelo's primary research fields are systems engineering, quality engineering and empirical stochastic modeling. Her research interests include the areas of operational modeling for semiconductor manufacturing, system-level modeling for infectious disease control, multivariate quality control, statistical monitoring methods for continuous and batch processing and multi-response modeling. Mastrangelo earned a doctorate in industrial engineering from Arizona State University.

Profile | mastr@uw.edu


Kurt O'Brien

Kurt O’Brien is an associate teaching professor with the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. He specializes in leadership development and coaching, interpersonal skills development, team development, strategic planning and conflict resolution. He also designs and conducts workshops on topics such as dialogue, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, influencing change and TeamSTEPPS. O’Brien has a master of human resource and organizational development from the University of San Francisco.

Profile | kcobrien@uw.edu


Neha Patel

Neha Patel is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and a senior director of ambulatory care services for Virginia Mason Medical Center. She is certified in the Virginia Mason Production System, a quality process improvement (QPI) lean management system based on the principles of the Toyota Production System. She has led numerous QPI initiatives and implementations at Virginia Mason since 2013. Additionally, she has presented the topic of systematizing equity at many venues including the 2021 International Conference for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. She holds a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Washington, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Washington State University and an MHA from the University of Washington.

Profile neha.patel@virginiamason.org


Rick Rubin

Profilerrubin@uw.edu


Sallie Thieme Sanford

Sallie Sanford is an associate professor in the UW School of Law and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. Her research interests focus on health reform, health care delivery systems, health administration law, Medicare and Medicaid, comparative health law, and medical and administrative ethics. Sanford previously worked as a legal representative for the University of Washington Health Sciences, including the UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. She is past president of the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys. Sanford has a juris doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Profile | sanfords@uw.edu


Jeff Sconyers

Jeff Sconyers is teaching professor emeritus in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. He was formerly senior vice president and general counsel at Seattle Children's Hospital. He is former chair of the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He currently serves on the ethics committees of Swedish Medical Center, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Tacoma General Hospital. He was a founder and board chair of Northwest Healthcare Response Network and special advisor to the Washington State Hospital Association during the COVID pandemic. Sconyers has a juris doctor from Yale University.

Profile | jscony@uw.edu


Dennis Stillman

Dennis Stillman is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and an independent consultant. Before joining the UW faculty and establishing his consulting practice, Stillman worked in health care organizations for 20 years, including as chief financial officer of the UW Medical Center. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience in accounting and financial management at the UW. He is active in the Washington/Alaska Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and became a fellow in 1991. Stillman has a master of health administration from the University of Washington.

Profile | stillman@uw.edu


Edward West

Ed West is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. A health care transformation subject matter expert, consultant and leader, he has more than 25 years of experience helping health care organizations achieve their transformation goals. He has had leadership positions and/or consulted for several prestigious health care organizations, including Mayo Clinic, MedStar Health, Sutter Health, Providence Health & Services and Premier Healthcare Alliance. He earned a Lean Healthcare Certificate from North Carolina State University and has served as an instructor and mentor for that program. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the Health Care Management & Policy programs at Georgetown University. West earned a master’s degree in organizational development at Johns Hopkins University, a master of health administration at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology at Macalester College.

Profile | ewest2@uw.edu


Ken White

Ken White is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health and an independent consultant. His research interests include health care quality assessment and patient satisfaction. White has a doctorate in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master of health administration from the University of Washington.

Profile | kdwhite@uw.edu