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

Associate Professor
of Health Policy & Management

Email: denise_tahara@nymc.edu

Phone: (914) 594-2039


Department of Public Health 
School of Health Sciences and Practice
Skyline Building Room 2N-B06 
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 resulted in the approval of a residency program with NYMC and creation of new specialty programs at the hospitals. Currently, Dr. Tahara works with organizations on performance improvement, integrative care, and food insecurity.  She helps them leverage existing resources to innovate and engage; create strategic partnerships with local community leaders; and invest community members in the long-term health of their neighborhoods.

Performance improvement through system transformation continues to be her primary area of research. Other areas of research include public health and food security, improving birth outcomes and maternal health through preconception healthcare, team-based approaches to integrating chronic disease care, pediatric obesity and 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:

Tahara, D. (2018).  Public Health:  The Intersection of Food Security and Wellbeing.  Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000779

Tahara, D. (2015). Life-Course Approach to Obesity Management: The Role of Family and Environment.  In Wylie-Rosett, J. and Jhangiani, S.S. (Eds). Obesity and Disease in an Interconnected World: A Systems Approach to Turn Huge Challenges into Amazing Opportunities (pp. 369-394).

Tahara, D. and Laufer, G. (2015). From Intervention to Innovation: Health Information Technology.  In Wylie-Rosett, J. and Jhangiani, S.S. (Eds). Obesity and Disease in an Interconnected World: A Systems Approach to Turn Huge Challenges into Amazing Opportunities (pp.395-415).

Tahara, D., Burathoki, B., Gill, J. and Joseph, A.  (2015). On the Road to a Green New York Medical College.  International Journal of Sustainability Education 11(4), 21-36.

Weinreich, M. A., Kafer, I., Tahara, D., & Frishman, W. H. (2015). Participants in a medical student-run clinic and career choice. Journal of Contemporary Medical Education, 3(1) 6-13.

Chhabra, D., Joymon, J., Lee, B. H., Mercado, M., Hunter, C. L., Viola, D., Tahara, D. & Brumberg, H. L. (2014). Delivery-related knowledge of mothers of NICU infants compared with well-baby-nursery infants. Journal of perinatal medicine, 42(6), 717-724.

McBride, M., Green, R. and Tahara, D. (2014).  Educating the Next Generation of Cultural Leaders: Connecting Culture, Commerce and Community. The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, 9(1), 11-22.

Tahara, D. and Green, R. (2014). Strategic re-Design of Team-based Patient-Focused Healthcare Services. Advances in Healthcare ManagementPopulation Health Management in Health Care Organizations, 16, 3-22.

Barrera, M., Rivera, C., Binyildirim, N., Indorewala, H., Renaud, D.G. and Tahara, D. (2014). WILL - Wellbeing Initiative for Learning and Living:  How can Strategic Design Help Chronic Disease Patients Manage their Health and Wellbeing?  9th International Conference Design & Emotion 2014, Conference Proceedings, 569-572. 

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. (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.

Recent Invited Presentations:

Kuo, D., Ruud, C. and Tahara, D. The Range of Care Coordination Needs of Children with Medical Complexity.  Pediatric Academic Societies May 5-8, 2018.  Toronto, Canada.

Tahara, D. and Krepcho, D.  Creating Community Capacity to Build Food Security.  AMI Conference, April 19-21, 2018.  Colorado Springs, CO.

Tahara, D. and Cahana, A.  The Opioid Crisis as a Syndemic:  Engaging Patients and Providers in Community-based Solutions.  New York State Public Health Association Webinar, June 21, 2017.

Hixson, T. and Tahara, D.  Going Lean to Improve System Performance and Patient Care.  New York State Public Health Association Annual Meeting, April 21-22, 2016, Cooperstown, NY.

Tahara, D.  Strategic Design of Health and Wellbeing.  Association for Managers of Innovation Spring 2016 Conference. April 6-8, 2016.  Greensboro, NC.

Tahara, D.  Integrating the Principles of Patient-Centered Care.  Presenter and Panel Moderator.  Health Leaders of New York Monthly Educational Meeting.  May 7, 2015. New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY.

Tahara, D., McBride, M. and Green, R.  Strategic Design of Thriving: How to Shape a Century of Well-being.  New York State Public Health Association Annual Meeting, April 23-24, 2015, Lake George, NY.

Tahara, D., Green, R. and McBride, M.  Strategic re-Design of Team-based Patient-focused Healthcare Services.  Annual meeting of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, March 15-17, 2015, Charleston, S.C.

Tahara, D., Burathoki, B., Gill, J. and Joseph, A.  On the Road to a Green New York Medical College.  Eleventh International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability 21-23 January 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.

McBride, M., Green, R. and Tahara, D.  Educating the Next Generation of Cultural Leaders: Connecting Culture, Commerce and Community.  International Conference on the Arts in Society, June 24-27, 2014, Rome, Italy.

Green, R., Tahara, D. and McBride, M.  Developing Leaders for Creative Economies, presented in the Strategic Management section, 16th International Academy of Management and Business Conference, November 6-7, 2013, Washington, D.C.

Tahara, D. and Sprouse, A.  Pediatric Obesity and the Strategic Design of Patient Care. New York State Public Health Association Workshop:  Creating Effective Partnerships to End Childhood Obesity, October 7, 2013 Albany, New York

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