New York State Health Foundation President To Head Up New Health Analytics and Evaluation Program at NYU

James R. Knickman Appointed as Joint Faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health and NYU Wagner

Tuesday, March 01 2016

James Knickman, PhD

James Knickman, PhD

James R. Knickman, PhD, has joined the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center and the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service as the Robert Derzon Chair in Health and Public Service. In his role, Dr. Knickman will lead the Health Analytics and Evaluation Program (HAEP) at NYU to conduct analysis and program evaluation of health service delivery, population health, and health and social policy innovations. Among other resources, HAEP maintains patient-level New York State all-payer and Medicaid fee-for-service claims and managed care encounter data, allowing rapid-cycle evaluations and analyses of Medicaid and other program interventions by providers and public agencies. 

As the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), Dr. Knickman comes to NYU with significant health-related program evaluation experience. NYSHealth, which Dr. Knickman led for 10 years before coming to NYU, is a private foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. Under Dr. Knickman’s leadership, NYSHealth invested more than $100 million since 2006 in initiatives to improve health care and the public health system in New York State. Prior to joining NYSHealth, Dr. Knickman was the Vice President of Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton.

Dr. Knickman has a long history in New York State. Between 1976 and 1992, he served on the faculty of NYU Wagner, where he was active in community service directed at improving health care delivery to vulnerable populations. Earlier, he worked at the New York City Office of Management and Budget, and he has been a visiting professor at the University of Rochester, U.C. Berkeley, and Princeton University. He has published extensive research on issues related to the financing of health care and long-term care and improving services for frail elders, homeless families, and individuals with HIV. Dr. Knickman is the co-author of a widely used textbook on health policy and management and writes a regular column for the Huffington Post about public health and health policy issues.

As director of HAEP, Dr. Knickman will be involved in developing grants and contracts for analysis and evaluation projects, overseeing the HAEP research portfolio, conducting research projects, and directing the operations of the Center.  He will also teach a course at NYU Wagner and contribute to medical education at NYU School of Medicine. Within the Department of Population Health, Dr. Knickman will be part of the Section on Health Choice, Policy, and Evaluation and the Division of Healthcare Delivery Science.