Learn more about the members and staff of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. Choose from the following:
Joel C. Cantor, Distinguished Professor and Director
Joel C. Cantor (Sc.D., Johns Hopkins University) is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and the founding Director of the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Established 1999, the Center is a leader in health policy research and development nationally, with a special focus on informing policy in New Jersey. Dr. Cantor is published widely in the health services and policy literature on innovations in health service delivery and the regulation of private health insurance markets. He serves frequently as an advisor on health policy matters to New Jersey state government, and was the 2006 recipient of the Rutgers University President's Award for Research in Service to New Jersey. Prior to joining Rutgers in 1999, Dr. Cantor served as director of research at the United Hospital Fund of New York and director of evaluation research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He received his doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health in 1988, and was elected a Fellow of AcademyHealth in 1996.
Margaret Koller, Executive Director
Margaret Koller (M.S., Rutgers University) is the Executive Director at Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, serving as the Center’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing all project development, financial, and strategic planning activities. Ms. Koller is also the co-principal investigator for the Center’s infrastructure grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and most recently directed the Center’s $14 million Affordable Care Act (ACA) project portfolio funded by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which included the State Innovation Model (SIM) Design grant to advance New Jersey’s delivery system transformation priorities. Her expertise is in the areas of health care coverage and access, and insurance regulations and she routinely represents the Center to policy and stakeholder audiences around the state. In 2004, Ms. Koller received a gubernatorial appointment to the New Jersey Small Employer Health Benefits Program Board of Directors where she currently serves as the Board's Vice Chairperson. Before joining the Center in February 2001, Ms. Koller worked for Prudential HealthCare, and later Aetna, in a series of management roles. Prior to her experience in managed care, she served as a Congressional Aide in the New Jersey district office of Congressman Bernard Dwyer. Ms. Koller was a fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University where she earned an M.S. in Public Policy.
Michael J. Yedidia, Research Professor
Michael J. Yedidia (Ph.D., Brandeis University; M.P.H., Yale University) is a Research Professor at the Center for State Health Policy. His research focuses on health professions education, prevention of childhood obesity, access to care, patient perspectives on health and illness, and quality improvement. He is currently program director for Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education (EIN), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national initiative to support evaluation of interventions addressing the nurse faculty shortage. He also leads an NIH-funded study of the determinants of childhood obesity, following a panel of low-income children over five years and assessing the impact of aspects of the food and physical activity environment on weight status. A previous, related study was designed to inform the development of obesity prevention programs in five New Jersey cities. Research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality investigated new ways of structuring doctor-patient relationships to promote patient-centered care. Other recent projects include an evaluation of population health training programs for physicians and nurses, evaluation of an initiative to improve cardiac care for minority patients, a study of future roles for psychiatrists in the changing health care environment, and an assessment of the needs of family care givers for professional support. Previous research on patient perspectives on care includes studies of the experiences of dying patients during their final months of life and barriers to follow-up of abnormal mammograms among black women. Prior work on access to care includes research on the treatment of ischemic heart disease at a public hospital as compared to a private hospital and studies of the impact of social and organizational factors on the delivery of primary care. Previous evaluation studies include two multi-site, controlled evaluations of curricular interventions, one in undergraduate medical education (teaching communications competencies at three medical schools) and the other in graduate medical and nursing education (evaluation of Partnerships for Quality Education). Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, Dr. Yedidia was a senior health services researcher at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and taught medical sociology, health policy, and research methods at the Department of Sociology and the Medical Education Program at Brown University. He received his M.P.H. from Yale and his Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University.
David M. Frankford, Faculty Director, Camden
David M. Frankford (J.D., University of Chicago) is Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School; Professor at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research in New Brunswick; and Faculty Director at Camden of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. He has been a long-time editor of Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, having served as book review, associate editor and the editor of “Behind the Jargon,” a Special Section. Professor Frankford’s writings have focused on the interactions between health services research, health care politics and policy, and the institutions of professions and professionalism. His works include studies of state rate setting, hospital reimbursement, the regulation of fee splitting, the debates concerning privatization and national health insurance, the ideology of professionalism, the role of professionalism in medical education, the role of scientism and economism in health policy, issues of insurance coverage, and numerous other issues in health care financing. With Sara Rosenbaum, he is the author of the second edition of Law and the American Health Care System. Currently his primary research interests concern the reconstitution of professionalism as the normative integration of professions and community, and the comparison of secular and religious bioethics regarding such issues as the new genetics.
Frank J. Thompson, Faculty Director, Newark
Frank J. Thompson (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers-Newark and at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy in New Brunswick. Professor Thompson has served as a fellow with the U.S. Public Health Service and published extensively on issues of health policy and implementation. He has especially focused on issues of federalism and health policy, participating in multiple funded projects related to this subject while affiliated with the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York. In 2008, Professor Thompson received a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award to study the evolution of Medicaid policy during the Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama administrations. This research has led to several publications in scholarly journals and culminated in a book, Medicaid Politics: Federalism, Policy Durability, and Health Reform with Georgetown University (2012). The book assesses the policy and political dynamics that fueled the dramatic expansion of Medicaid and established it as a key pillar of the Affordable Care Act. The role of Medicaid waivers as a catalyst for change receives particular attention. Thompson received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.