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Bradford Kirkman-Liff

Bradford Kirkman-Liff, MBA, DrPH
Professor of Health Policy Education
  • DrPH - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980
    Department of Health Administration, School of Public Health
  • MBA - Carnegie Mellon University, 1973
    Graduate School of Industrial Administration
  • BS - Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Carnegie Mellon University, 1973
    Administrative and Management Science
Recent Publications
  • Burdick, T., Hensing, J., Kirkman-Liff, B.L., Nenaber, P., Silverman, H., Simington, H. (2005) Managing Knowledge to Improve Healthcare Quality in Banner Health in N. Wickramasinghe, J. N. D. Gupta, S. K. Sharma, (Eds.) Creating Knowledge Based Healthcare Organizations, Hershey (PA), Idea Group
  • Kirkman-Liff, B.L. (2004) The Structure, Processes, and Outcomes of Banner Health's Corporate-wide Strategy to Improve Health Care Quality Quality Management in Health Care 13 (4): 263-276.
  • Kirkman-Liff, B.L. (2003) Restoring Trust to Managed Care: Part 3 - A Focus on the Public Stakeholders American Journal of Managed Care, 9 (4): 322-326.
  • Kirkman-Liff, B.L. (2003) Restoring Trust to Managed Care: Part 2 - A Focus on Physicians American Journal of Managed Care, 9 (3): 249-252.
  • Kirkman-Liff, B.L. (2003) Restoring Trust to Managed Care: Part 1 - A Focus on Patients American Journal of Managed Care, 9 (2): 174-180.
Research Interests

Comparative health systems and policy in industrialized. Design and implementation of collaboration and knowledge management initiatives in health care organizations.

Current/Recent Grants and Projects
  • Needs Assessment, Design and Implementation of Learning Network for Community-Based Organizations in Arizona, St. Luke's Health Initiatives, 2005-2006, $47,412
Research Interests: 

Kirkman-Liff's current research is focused on knowledge management and its application in health care. He has worked with a 20-hospital system in the Western U.S. to share best clinical practices to improve patient safety and outcomes. He is now collaborating with a number of community health organizations to build a knowledge-learning network in metropolitan Phoenix. He is also examining the integration of knowledge management techniques in the drug discovery process in pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms. He is also interested in health reform in advanced economies, such as the Netherlands, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Canada, and lessons that van be drawn from those nations for health reform for the United States. He is also interested in simulation models of health systems and nations, and in how social networks exchange knowledge when they use such simulations.

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