Leadership & Staff


Len Nichols, Director, Health Policy Research and Ethics Center, College of Health and Human Services. Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Dr. Len Nichols has been the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University since March 2010.  He has been intimately involved in health reform debates, policy development, and communication with the media and policy makers for 25+ years, after he was Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton Administration.   Since that time he has testified frequently before Congress and state legislatures, published extensively and spoken to a wide range of hospital associations, hospital systems, physician groups, boards of directors, and health policy leadership forums around the country.   After OMB, Len was a Principle Research Associate at the Urban Institute, Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, and Director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation.   In addition to his positions at GMU Len is on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and in 2016 was appointed by the Comptroller General to serve on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which advises the Secretary of HHS on Medicare payment policies.  Len was an advisor to the Virginia Health Reform Initiative and is now the payment reform advisor to the Virginia Center for Health Innovation.  Len was an Innovation Advisor to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at CMS in 2012, and has recently been the Principal Investigator on PCMH evaluation studies as well as in more general studies of how to use payment and delivery reform to achieve triple aim and health equity goals.   Recently he has become focused on how payment models may be used to incentivize sustainable investments in social determinants of health.  Len’s first job was teaching economics at Wellesley College from 1980-1991, where he became Associate Professor and Economics Department Chair, after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois in 1980.  Len got his B.A. from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and his M.A. in Economics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife Nora Super of the Milken Institute.


CHPRE Staff:

Chanup Jeung, Graduate Research Assistant

Chanup Jeung is a Ph.D. Candidate in Health Policy at George Mason University and a Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics.  His research interests are healthcare delivery systems, payment reform (focusing on Accountable Care Organizations), health economics, and program evaluation (Micro-econometrics). Under the supervision of Dr. Len Nichols, he has been working on the project “Collaborative Approach to Public Good Investments: A Feasibility Study.” His prior projects at CHPRE include “Developing Bundled Payments for High-Risk Medicaid Moms in Virginia” and “Reducing Ethnic Disparities in Health Outcomes Among Uninsured Patients Through Payment Reform.” Before his doctoral studies at Mason, he spent over six years working at Citibank Korea and Samsung Card Company as a corporate credit analyst. He earned a Master of International Development Policy from Duke University in 2012 and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Yonsei University, Seoul, in 2006. Chanup’s personal website.

Mehmet Sari, Graduate Research Assistant

Mehmet Sari is a PhD candidate at George Mason University and a graduate research assistant at the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE). I received my BA in Economics in Turkey, and my MA in Economics from Clemson University. My research areas are at the intersection of health economics, health policy and industrial organization. My current research, which is also my dissertation, focuses on the social determinants of health and the effect of health care market structure on health services and is funded by Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Altarum Institute.