Cyril F. Chang, Director
Dr. Cyril Chang, the Director of Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics,
is a Suzanne Downs Palmer Professor in Economic at the Fogelman College of Business
and Economics, The University of Memphis. Dr. Chang received his Ph.D. in economics
from The University of Virginia and has been with the University of Memphis since
1981. He teaches Health Care Economics and Executive MBA Economics, and regularly
conducts executive training seminars and workshops for health care professionals and
Dr. Chang has written extensively in three areas of health care research: (1) The
evaluation of TennCare as a state-level health care reform program, (2) The prevalence
of potentially avoidable hospitalizations and its variations among racial and insurance
groups, and (3) Cost effectiveness analysis of clinical interventions. He has published
in such prestigious peer-reviewed journals as the Journal of American Medical Association,
Health Economics, Health Services Research, Journal of Health Policy, Politics and
Law, Health Care Management Science, and Medical Care Research and Review.
Rebecca A. Pope, Research Associate
Rebecca Pope started at The Center as a Graduate Research Assistant and has been a
Research Associate since 2007. She has a M.A. in economics and a B.A. in economics
and sociology. Rebecca has worked as a health economist for Amerigroup Corporation
and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She specializes in observational
study design and claims analysis. Rebecca is currently working part-time at The Center
while she pursues a doctorate in the health systems research with a concentration
in health economics from The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Gregory Lubiani, Graduate Research Assistant
Greg Lubiani received his B.B.A. in Finance and M.A. in Economics from The University
of Memphis. Upon completion of his M.A., he began work as an Operations Analyst for
a national healthcare provider where he developed labor productivity reports and evaluated
insurance carrier negotiations, among other duties. Currently, Greg teaches Economics
at Southwest Tennessee Community College while also working full-time towards a PhD
in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics at The University of
Memphis. Greg's research interests include Applied Microeconomics, Health Economics,
and Environmental Economics.
George Mayzell, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P.
Dr. George Mayzell is the Chief Executive officer of Health Choice, LLC. Health Choice
is one of the Mid-South's leading managed health care organizations, serving the needs
of more than 518,000 health plan members through contracts with over 100 employers,
insurance companies and third-party administrators. Dr. Mayzell most recently was
senior vice president, chief patient care officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
and has also served as chief medical officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.
Dr. Mayzell has an extensive background both as a practicing physician and a health
care executive. He brings a wealth of experience and insights into the practice of
medicine in a post-health care reform environment.
Bill Cecil, M.B.A.
Mr. Bill Cecil is an independent health care consultant. He was formerly the Director
of Health Policy Research for BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee and brings over
30 years of experience as a former hospital and insurance executive to the Methodist
Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics. He contributes to the work of the Center
with his intimate knowledge about how hospitals and health plans work his ability
to bridge theory and practice in health care.