RAND Health Organizational Structure

Office of the Director

Director: Jeffrey Wasserman (Florence Christopher)

Associate Director: Paul Koegel (Tricia Soto)

Operations Director: Claudia McCowan (Florence Christopher)

Assistant Operations Director: Cathy Moran

Quality Assurance Coordinator: Cathy Sherbourne

RAND Health Chairs

Ian Coulter

Samueli Institute Chair in Policy for Integrative Medicine

Ian Coulter is a senior health policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he holds the Samueli Institute Chair in Policy for Integrative Medicine. He is a professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry and a research professor at the Southern California University of Health Sciences. Coulter has more than 20 years of experience conducting both qualitative and quantitative research on chiropractic and has authored or coauthored more than 40 articles and two books.

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Cheryl Damberg

Distinguished Chair in Health Care Payment Policy

Cheryl Damberg is a senior principal researcher at the RAND Corporation, where she holds the Distinguished Chair in Health Care Payment Policy, and is a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Damberg has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of health economics, quality measurement and reporting, and the use of financial incentives to improve cost and quality.

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Marc Elliott

Distinguished Chair in Statistics

Marc Elliott is a senior statistician at the RAND Corporation, where he holds the Distinguished Chair in Statistics. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the first recipient of its Mid-Career Award (Health Policy Section). Elliott has more than 15 years of experience in statistics and has published more than 200 articles in numerous journals.

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Katherine Kahn

Distinguished Chair in Health Care Delivery Measurement and Evaluation

Katherine L. Kahn is Distinguished Chair in Health Care Delivery Measurement and Evaluation and a senior natural scientist at the RAND Corporation. She has over 30 years of experience in medical and health care research. Kahn is a professor of medicine and the associate division chief for research in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. She also practices internal medicine at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She has an M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine.

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Bob Brook

Distinguished Chair in Health Care Services

Robert H. Brook holds the Distinguished Chair in Health Care Services at the RAND Corporation, where he previously served for 19 years as vice president and director of RAND Health. He led the Health and Quality Group on the $80 million Health Insurance Experiment and was co-principal investigator on the Health Services Utilization Study. He was the co-principal investigator on the only national study that has investigated, at a clinical level, the impact of diagnosis-related groups on quality and outcome of acute hospital care.


Two programs focus on long-standing core areas of RAND Health's policy research expertise: health services delivery systems and population health.

Health Services Delivery Systems

Addresses issues surrounding the delivery of health care services, including:

  • the cost and quality of services
  • patient access, experience, and outcomes
  • the impact of new models of health care payment and delivery
  • medical workforce trends
  • the impact of technological innovation on service delivery and patient health.

Director: Peter Hussey

Associate Director: Rebecca Anhang Price

Director, RAND COMPARE: Christine Eibner

Population Health

Addresses public health issues, including:

  • social, environmental, and cultural influences on the health of populations
  • health inequities and disparities among different populations
  • community and population resilience
  • relationships among environmental factors and individual health behaviors (e.g., eating habits, smoking) that influence the prevalence of chronic disease.

Director: Jeanne Ringel

Associate Director: William Shadel

Interest Groups

RAND Health interest groups serve as intellectual homes for multidisciplinary groups of researchers who share a common interest in a substantive area or analytic method. Presently, there are eleven such groups:

RAND Health Board of Advisors

RAND Health benefits from the guidance of a prestigious board of advisors.