Shoshanna Sofaer

Professor, and
Robert P. Luciano Chair of Health Care Policy

Mailing Address:
Baruch College/CUNY
School of Public Affairs
One Bernard Baruch Way, Box D-0901
New York, NY 10010

Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 816
Phone Number: 646 660-6815
Fax Number: 646 660-6805
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Shoshanna Sofaer has been a member of the School of Public Affairs faculty since 1998, and recently received the prestigious designation as the Lorraine and Ralph Lubin Distinguished Visiting Professor, Weil Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Department of Public Health. She previously held academic positions at the George Washington University Medical Center and the UCLA School of Public Health. At the School of Public Affairs, Dr. Sofaer teaches courses in the health care policy track, including Community Based Health Planning, Health Policy, and Evaluation of Health Care Policies and Programs. She also teaches core courses such as Research Design and Analysis I and Management of Organizations in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors, and a general course in Program Evaluation. She serves as an advisor to students in the health care policy track.

Dr. Sofaer has a wide range of research interests, which include: health care quality measurement and improvement; the development and assessment of materials and interventions to provide health care consumers with information to support them in choosing and using health care wisely; the development and assessment of broad based coalitions and partnerships, at the local and state level, to pursue community health improvement objectives; the assessment of innovative medical education programs to increase the extent to which physicians integrate biomedical knowledge with interpersonal skill and high level integrity and humanity in working with patients.

She also uses a wide range of research methods in conducting her studies, and is considered an authority on the use of qualitative and mixed methods in health services and health policy research. She is a methodological and/or substantive consultant to many research efforts based in other universities and research institutes. She is widely published. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Sofaer is active in working on a variety of important policy issues. In recent years, she has been a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance, which has published a series of reports that culminated in January, 2004 with a final report that articulated principles that should guide the development of proposals to achieve universal access to health care coverage; Dr. Sofaer chaired the sub-committee responsible for this particular report. A colloquium on this topic was held at Baruch College in February, 2004. Other major health care organizations with which Dr. Sofaer works include the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) Foundation; The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Century Foundation; the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research; Academy Health; the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; the Center for the Advancement of Health; the National Committee for Quality Assurance; the Foundation for Accountability; RTI International; and Mathematica Policy Research.

She completed her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, specializing in health planning, policy and management. She received her undergraduate degree in government from Barnard College, Columbia University.

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