About Us

The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care (Center) is dedicated to establishing UPMC as a leader in national, state, and local efforts to improve health care quality and efficiency as well as the overall health of our population.

UPMC is a global health enterprise and one of the nation's largest integrated delivery and financing systems. UPMC is a top provider of medical care, and through its UPMC Insurance Services Division the company provides commercial and public health care insurance services including behavioral health and a range of employee solutions such as employee assistance programs.

Through the Center, UPMC and the Insurance Services Division expect to link their significant health care data to the funding strategies of major foundations and organizations to advance the boundaries of efficient health care solutions.

Major areas of focus include:

  • Chronic Diseases
  • Complex Medical Conditions
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Children’s Mental Health
  • Maternal Health
  • Patient-Centered Care and Outcomes
  • Innovative Service Delivery and Payment Models

Click here to download the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care Activity Report, which chronicles our work in these focus areas from 2011 through 2014. You can learn more about the Center’s current projects by visiting the News and Events page.

The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care is prepared to work with you to develop mutually beneficial health care projects. Call us or send an email and we will respond promptly to your inquiry.


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UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care Staff:

  • Donna J. Keyser, PhD, MBA, Chief Research and Translation Officer
  • Jane N. Kogan, PhD, Associate Chief Research and Translation Officer
  • C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Director, Value-Based Pharmacy Initiatives
  • Joe Angelelli, PhD, Senior Advisor for Alternative Payment Models
  • Erin Kelly, MBA, Senior Advisor, Research Communications and Content Strategy
  • Natasha Parekh, MD, MS, Senior Advisor, Value-Based Pharmacy Initiatives
  • Cara Nikolajski, PhD, MPH, Senior Program Administrator
  • Yan Huang, MAS, Program Administrator, Value-Based Pharmacy Initiatives Data Analytics
  • Lynn Neilson, PhD, Program Administrator, Value-Based Pharmacy Initiatives
  • Joan Eichner, DrPH, MPH, MPA, Program Administrator
  • Justin Kanter, MA, Program Administrator
  • Shannon Kearney, DrPH, MPH, CPH, Program Administrator
  • Suzanne Kinsky, MPH, PhD, Program Administrator
  • Jessica Meyers, MA Ed, Program Administrator
  • Qingfang Liang, MA, MS, Program Administrator, Center Data Analytics
  • Dorothy Sandstrom, MS, Program Administrator
  • Kelly R. Williams, MPH, Program Administrator
  • Gina Snyder, Project Manager
  • Adelina Malito, MSW, Project Analyst
  • Sarah Angel Markwardt, MID, Project Analyst
  • Kristin Mayes, Project Analyst
  • Kevin Progar, Project Analyst
  • Elizabeth Swart, Project Analyst
  • Debbie Clark, Administrative Coordinator

Corporate Board Members:

  • Diane P. Holder, Chief Executive Officer
  • Scott Lammie, Treasurer
  • Sheryl A. Kashuba, Esq., Secretary
  • Loren H. Roth, MD, MPH
  • Steven D. Shapiro, MD

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Register today for the UPMC Conference on Accelerating Stakeholder-Driven Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Comparative Effectiveness Research (PCOR/CER) in a Learning Health System on May 7, 2019. Click here to learn more.


UPMC is a global health enterprise and one of the nation's largest integrated health care delivery and financing systems. The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care translates the work of this unique payer-provider laboratory into evidence-based practice and policy change for improving health care quality and efficiency. Many Center activities are supported through grants and contracts and conducted in partnership with community organizations and government agencies.



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Improving Health and Health Care through Stakeholder Collaboration

UPMC and its Insurance Services Division recognize the value of collaboration in achieving an equitable, high-quality, and efficient health care system that meets the needs of diverse populations. We invite all interested stakeholders to join in this effort.


UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care is proud to be a member of the Accountable Care Organization Learning Network, a group that helps organizations successfully implement accountable care.