Faculty Profile

Irena Pesis-Katz, PhD

  • Sr. Director of PHM Informatics & Payment Innovation
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, SON
  • Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, SMD
Irena Pesis-Katz

Dr. Irena Pesis-Katz is the senior director for Population Health Management Informatics and Payment Innovation at the University of Rochester Medical Center. As part of her role, she provides oversight, leadership and support for all provider payment innovation contracting; Population Health Management reporting and analytics; value-based contracting strategy; and translate, integrate and implement payment innovation and informatics strategies in collaboration with cross-functional areas.

As the management and interpretation of vast amounts of rapidly-changing health care data becomes vital to lowering costs, improving access and quality, and building more effective health care delivery systems, Pesis-Katz' expertise in data integration and analysis has been vital to initiatives within the School of Nursing and across the University.

Among her many roles as a teacher and researcher, she has helped implement the University's employee wellness program, led by the School of Nursing. The program is not only able to provide population-based health outcome analyses, but gives individuals specific evidence-based recommendations to reduce their health risks, and improve their long-term wellness.

A native of Israel, Pesis-Katz earned her PhD in Health Services Research and Policy from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Her research areas include outcomes-based quality improvement evaluations, the economic impact of clinical interventions, and the role of quality of care in consumers' choice of nursing homes. She received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.

See Irena Pesis-Katz's curriculum vitae.