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Dr. Nir Menachemi is serving as the Interim Dean of the Fairbanks School of Public Health. He is the Executive Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer and holds the rank of Professor. He also holds an appointment as scientist with the Regenstrief Institute, an internationally recognized informatics and healthcare research organization that is dedicated to the improvement of health through research that enhances the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.
Dr. Menachemi’s work focuses at the intersection of health policy, medicine, and business. Since the start of the pandemic, he has been principal investigator on the Indiana SARS-CoV-2 Prevalence study, the only statewide random sample testing study in the US. The work has generated breakthrough new knowledge about COVID-19 and generated statewide, national, and international media attention.
As lead scientist on this project, he managed a multi-disciplinary team of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, public health, and infection disease experts. Dr. Menachemi and his team recently received the HSR Impact Award from AcademyHealth. In addition, Dr. Menachemi was recognized by the Indiana Healthcare Executives Network (iHEN) with the 2021 service excellence award for his work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before joining the Fairbanks School of Public Health, Dr. Menachemi held faculty positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health and the Florida State University College of Medicine. At UAB, he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Graduate School Award for Excellence in Mentorship. In 2011, Dr. Menachemi received the “Professor John D. and Starr A. Blair Award in Health Organization Management Research” presented by the faculty at Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business.
Dr. Menachemi has published more than 280 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and his work has appeared in numerous prestigious professional journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, and the American Journal of Public Health.
Dr. Menachemi’s research examines how organizational strategies (e.g., health information technology adoption) impact critical performance measures, including quality outcomes and financial performance. In addition, he has published extensively on health policy and public health topics ranging from obesity issues to the impact of various laws or policies on health outcomes. Dr. Menachemi’s work has been funded by such diverse entities as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and private foundations and corporations. In addition, Dr. Menachemi has developed several long-term partnerships with health departments at the state and local level in both Alabama and Florida. Likewise, he has formed similar partnerships with state and local public health entities in Indiana.
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