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Business & Medical Professionals Partner to Discuss Improving Health Care Issues for the Local Memphis Community

For release:  February 11, 2014

Dr. Cyril Chang, Professor of Economics and Director of the Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics at the FCBE, and Dr. Teresa Waters, Professor of Health Care Economics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, hosted an informal lunch meeting on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Fogelman College that was comprised of researchers from both institutions. The goal of the meeting was to come together and discuss topics such as health services research, health law and policy and the major disciplines of business administration as well as potential opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration between the universities.

The research meeting was designed to bring the faculty from UT Health Science Center, the UofM Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, School of Public Health, School of Nursing and Fogelman College of Business and Economics in order to discuss common interests such as law, nursing and public health. The idea grew out of an earlier visit to the Fogelman College by Dean David Stern and Dr. Waters of UT College of Medicine and Dean Peter Letsou of the Law School.   They presented their ideas on potential research and collaboration opportunities at the last Fogelman faculty meeting held in early December 2013.

Over 45 faculty researchers and community physicians and health care professionals participated in the January lunch meeting. Some of the guests included Dr. Marla Stafford, Professor and Chair of Marketing and Supply Chain Management with Fogelman College; Dr. James Gurney, Associate Dean, Director and Professor of Epidemiology with the University of Memphis School of Public Health; Gene Cashman, President and CEO of The Urban Child Institute; and Dr. Ed Rafalski, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Marketing with Methodist Healthcare.

For more information regarding this initiative, please contact Cyril F. Chang at For more information about the UT Health Science Center, visit; and for more information about Fogelman College of Business and Economics, visit

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