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Robert Kulesher, PhD, MHA, FACHE

Dr. Kulesher is a health policy specialist and an experienced hospital and nursing home administrator.  Originally from Washington, DC, Dr. Kulesher attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania where he received a BA degree in psychology. In preparation for a career in health services management, he received the Master of Health Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  After a 20-year career in health care administration, he earned a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware.  His research focuses on the impact of Medicare reimbursement on healthcare providers.  Additional areas of interests include national health policy, healthcare financial management, health care of the poor and uninsured, health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.   Dr. Kulesher is Professor, Department of Health Services and Information Management in the College of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University.  Previously he held faculty appointments at Penn State University and Rutgers University-Camden as visiting professor in public policy and administration.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Published Works:

  • Transformation of the Urban Healthcare Safety Net: The Devolution of a Public Responsibility.  Kulesher, Robert.  The Health Care Manager 34(4) October-December 2015, pp. 279-287. 
  • International Models of Health Systems Financing.  Kulesher, Robert and Elizabeth Forrestal.  Journal of Hospital Administration, Volume 3, No. 4, August 2014, pp. 127-139.  DOI: 10.5430/jha.v3n4p127.
  • Health Reform’s Impact on Federally Qualified Community Health Centers: The unintended consequence of increased Medicaid enrollment on the Primary Care Medical Home. Kulesher, Robert R. The Health Care Manager, Volume 32, Number 2, April-June 2013, pp. 99-106.

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