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Denise C. Tahara, M.B.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director, M.P.H. Studies 


Email: denise_tahara@nymc.edu

Phone: (914) 594-4250


Department of Health Policy and Management 
School of Health Sciences and Practice
Rm. 306 
Valhalla, NY 10595

Professional Interests:

Before joining NYMC full time, Dr. Tahara was an independent consultant working to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery systems. Projects include improving billing and collections for a nursing home system, including correcting and resubmitting denied Medicare and Medicaid claims, reducing bad debt expense. Working with performance improvement teams at a home healthcare agency, she streamlined the reporting and analysis of quality indicators and implemented new methods to improve patient safety. At a large auto insurance company, she worked with a team to streamline the claims process, utilizing scanned/imaged documents, reducing paper flow and also updating client data records. Dr. Tahara has also worked with area hospitals to develop business plans to expand their programs and the corresponding metrics to measure the performance. This has resulted in the approval of a new residency program with NYMC and creation of new specialty programs at the hospitals.

Performance improvement through system transformation continues to be her primary area of research. Other areas of research include improving birth outcomes and maternal health through preconception healthcare, team-based approaches to chronic diseases management, educating the public about healthy lifestyle choices and increasing sustainability practices in healthcare. Dr. Tahara received her BS from Cornell University, her MBA and PhD from New York University and her CPA from New York State. While at NYU Dr. Tahara studied operations management and quality improvement with Dr. Deming.

Education Profile:

Graduate Degree: M.B.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.  
Graduate Degree Institution: New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business (MBA); NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (M.Phil, Ph.D.)
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University

Selected Bibliography:

Green, R. and Tahara, D. (2013). Engaging the Spirit of Enterprise: Life-Centered Leadership Development in The Spiritual Challenge In Management: What Is To Be Done? Cambridge University Press (in final editing).

Tahara, D. and McBride, M. (n.d.) Chronic Diseases and the Strategic Design of Patient Care. Advances in Health Care Management: Annual Review of Health Care Management: Strategy and Policy Perspectives on Forming Health Systems (under review).

Tahara, D. and McBride, M. (2013) Beyond Patient Management: Healthcare by Design. The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, 2(4): pp.51-61.

Tahara, D. and McBride, M. (2012). Designing and Delivering Preconception Care: The Opportunity to Integrate Strategic Design Thinking and Global Public Health Priorities. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 11(3): pp. 273-281.

Harelick, L., Viola, D, and Tahara, D. (2011). Preconception Health of Low Socioeconomic Status Women: Assessing Knowledge and Behaviors. Women’s Health Issues, 21(4): 272-276.

Choolfaian A, Viola D, Arno P., Tahara D, and Ansehl A. (2008). The Art and Science of Healthcare Public Policy. Managing Health Today, 12(4):8-12.

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