Irena Pesis-Katz, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director, Outcomes & Evaluation Science, Corporate Wellness
Irena Pesis-Katz

Contact Information

601 Elmwood Ave., BOX SON, Rochester, NY, 14642
Work: (585) 276-4036
Fax: (585) 273-1268
Email:

Education

PhD, 2007. University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, US

BA, 1998. Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, IL

Experience

Faculty Appointments: 2007 - Current. Assistant Professor (Secondary Appointment). Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center . Rochester, NY, US.

Faculty Appointments: 2007 - Current. Assistant Professor. University of Rochester (School of Nursing). Rochester, NY, US.

Fellowship (Pre Doctoral): 2003 - 2004. Health Services Research Fellow. Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of the Greater Rochester Area. Rocheste, NY, US.

Fellowship (Pre Doctoral): 2002 - 2002. Research Internship. The agency for Healthcare Research and quality (AHRQ). Rockville, MD, US.

Lectureships & Visiting Professorships: 2010 - 2010. International Visiting Scholar. Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute. Jerusalem, IL.

Lectureships & Visiting Professorships: 2010 - 2010. Distinguished Lecturer. College of Nursing, University of South Florida. Tampa, FL, US.

Lectureships & Visiting Professorships: 2008 - 2008. International Visiting Scholar. Department of Health Systems Management, Ben Gurion University. Beer-Sheva, IL.

Lectureships & Visiting Professorships: 2004 - 2004. Visiting Instructor. Ben Gurion University of the Negev Medical School. Beer-Sheva, IL.

Military: 1993 - 1995. Course commander and head instructor, Military School of Intelligence. Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Israel. IL.

Professional Experience: 2007 - 2009. Director, Quality Improvement Research and Measurement. Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of Greater Rochester Area. Rochester, NY, US.

Professional Experience: 2004 - 2007. Medical Operations Research Project Manager. Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of the Greater Rochester Area. Rochester, NY, US.

Professional Experience: 1998 - 2001. Project Manager. Clalit Health Services. Israel, IL.

Research

Upstate Health Research Network Data Security Protocol for the Analysis of New York State Data (Phase 2A). 1/2011 - 12/2011. FairHealth US.

Upstate Health Research Network Data Security Protocol for the Analysis of New York State Data (Phase 2B). 1/2011 - 12/2011. FairHealth US.

Upstate Health Research Network Data Security Protocol for the Analysis of New York State Data (Phase 1). 2/2010 - 12/2010. FairHealth US.

Economic Evaluation of Palliative Care. 2007 - 2009. Excellus BCBS of Greater Rochester Area.

Publications

Quinn, J.R., Pesis-Katz, I. & Mukamel, D.B.. (2013). Variations in patterns of care activities for nursing home residents with heart failure. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 6, 29-35. Doi:10.3928/19404921-20121204-02.

Rhee, H., Pesis-Katz, I., Xing, J.. (2012). Cost benefits of a peer-led asthma self-management program for adolescents. Journal of Asthma, 49 (6), 606-613 [PMID: 2275899].

Pesis-Katz, I., Williams, G.C., Niemiec, C.P., & Fiscella, K. . (2011). Cost-Effectiveness of Intensive Tobacco Dependence Intervention Based on Self-Determination Theory. The American Journal of Managed Care, 17 (10), e383-388.

Kunitz SJ and Pesis-Katz I.. (2005). "Mortality of White Americans, African Americans, and Canadians: The Causes and Consequences for Health of Welfare State Institutions and Policies". The Milbank Quarterly, 83 (1), 5-39.

Horev T, Pesis-Katz I, Mukamel DB. (2004). "Trends in Geographic Disparities in Allocation of Health Care Resource in the US". Health Policy, 68 (2), 223-232.

Spector WD, Cohen JW, Pesis-Katz I. (2004). "Home Care Before and After the Balanced Budget Act of 1997: Shifts in Financing and Services". The Gerontologist, 44 (1), 39-47.

Presentations

Negotiated Reimbursement Rates for Cardiac Artery Bypass Surgery – Does Quality Matter?.
Annual Research Meeting, American Public Health Association

Cost-Effectiveness of an Intensive Tobacco-Dependence Intervention Based on Self-Determination Theory: An Analysis from the Third-Party Payer's Perspective.
Annual Research Meeting, American Public Health Association

Premium Pay for Premium Quality? Examining the Association between Quality of Care information in the NYS Cardiac Surgery Reports and Negotiated Prices with Insurance Plans.
iHEA 8th World Congress in Health Economics

Peer-Led Team Learning in Nursing Graduate-Level Health Economics Course.
International Conference on Teaching and Learning

Heart Failure Management in Nursing Homes: Results from a Pilot Study.
Annual Research Meeting, American Public Health Association

What Can Be Improved at the End of Life? Economic Evaluation of Palliative Care Services.
Distinguished Lectures Series , College of Nursing, USF Health

Care Patterns for Nursing Home Residents with Heart Failure.
State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research

Healthcare Reform New York Style: Changing Reimbursement Rates for Out-of-Network Services.
International Visiting Scholar, LeMyers-JDC-Brookdale Institute

Resident-Care Activities for Heart Failure Management in Nursing Homes as Reported by Directors of Nursing: Results from a Pilot Study.
AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

What Can be Saved at the End of Life? A Cost Analysis of Palliative Care.
Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting

Economic Evaluation of Palliative Care at the End of Life.
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

Is Palliative Care at the End of Life Cost Saving?.
AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

Consumers' Choice of Nursing Home In The U.S. - Does Quality Matter?.
International Visiting Scholar presentation, Department of Health Systems Management, Faculty of Sciences, Ben Gurion University

The Impact of Quality of Care on Nursing Home Choice---Comprehensive Assessment of California, New-York, Ohio, and Texas.
Annual Scientific Meeting, Gerontological Society of America

Does Quality of Care Matter in Choosing a Nursing Home? Evidence from California.
Annual meeting, American Public Health Association

Role of Educational Materials in Increasing Cervical Cancer Screening Adherence Rates---Evidence from Randomized Controlled Trial in NYS Insured Women.
Annual meeting, American Public Health Association

Why Are Nursing Homes' Quality Report Cards Important? Evidence from CA, OH, NY and TX.
Annual Research Meeting, Academy Health

Cervical Cancer Screening Test: Can Educational Materials Increase Adherence Rates?.
Annual Research Meeting, Academy Health

"Does Competition Matter? The Role of competition in Promoting Community Wide Interventions to Reduce Obesity".
Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association

"Improving the Quality of Diabetes Management with Pay for Performance Incentive Program".
Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association

"Pay for Performance-The Impact on Patient Quality of Care in a Community Setting".
Annual Research Meeting, Academy Health

"Nursing Home Choice-Does Quality Matter? - Research Proposal".
Trainees Research Conference, NRSA

Awards

Student liaison for the American Public Health Association - GHS.
American Public Health Association, 2006

Excellence in Academic Studies.
Israeli Parliament, 1998

Provost’s scholarship.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev , 1997

Memberships

American Public Heatlh Association, Member

Gerontological Society of America, Member

American College of Healthcare Executives, Member

Academy of Health Services Research and Health Policy, Member

Community Service

American Public Health Association , Section Councilor

American Public Health Association, Awards Chair

University of Rochester Faculty Senate, Senator

Center for Community Health, University of Rochester Medical Center, Reviewer

School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Committee member

School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Committee member

American Public Health Association, Committee Chair of Master Student Awards

American Public Health Association, Committee member