Dr. Needleman is Professor and Chair of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has more than 40 years of experience in health policy, health services research, and health economics. Dr. Needleman’s research has examined quality and staffing in hospitals, the economics of nursing, the evaluation and design of performance improvement activities in hospitals, and hospital and physician payment. Three of Dr. Needleman’s first authored publications are Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality patient safety classics, and his work on staffing and quality was the first recipient of the AcademyHealth Health Services Research Impact Award. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and, as a non-nurse, an inaugural member of the Joint Commission Nursing Advisory Council. Dr. Needleman received his PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.