Irena Pesis-Katz, PhD

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

Dr. Irena Pesis-Katz is an Assistant Professor of Health Services Research and Policy in the School of Nursing and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Irena earned a bachelor's degree in Health Systems Administration from the University of Ben-Gurion in Israel and her Doctorate in Health Services Research and Policy from the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of interventions for quality improvements both in the hospital and the health insurance industry settings as well as quality of care, economic implications and cost-effectiveness of different programs and interventions.

For the past two year, she was one of the leading members of the Upstate Health Research Network and a site PI for this large New York State grant. This grant was part of New York State Attorney General's nationwide reform of the consumer reimbursement system for out-of-network health care services. As part of this grant, her research helped develop an independent database for consumer reimbursement and a new website where, for the first time, patients around the country can find out in advance how much they are likely to be reimbursed by their insurance companies for out-of-network health care services. Before joining the Upstate Health Research Network, Irena worked for several years as a Director of Quality Improvement Research and Measurement at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, which is the largest health insurance organization in Upstate NY. As part of her work, she used claims data to answer different quality improvement questions and provided different models for improving quality of care and programs evaluation.

All her research activities were conducted by creating and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams that included nurses, physicians, psychologists, pharmacists, anthropologists, biostatisticians and economists.

See Irena Pesis-Katz's curriculum vitae.