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 reimbursement policy on the provision of healthcare. Areas of interest include national health policy, healthcare financial management, health care of the poor and uninsured, health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. He has authored several articles on Medicare and uses both quantitative and qualitative methods in his research. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) since 1987. Dr. Kulesher teaches in several areas in healthcare administration including healthcare finance and accounting, reimbursement, management, strategic planning, long-term care, and health policy. Course contact is delivered both in traditional classroom setting and via the internet. He has been teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level since 1989 at several universities including Penn State, the University of Delaware, East Carolina University, and St. Joseph’s University.
- 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.