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Paula Song

Paula H. Song, PhD, MHSA, MA, is the Richard M. Bracken Professor and Chair of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to her current appointment, she was an associate professor and director of the residential master's programs in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Dr. Song’s research expertise includes health care finance, accountable care organizations (ACOs), payment reform, community benefit, and utilization and access for vulnerable populations, including the underinsured and children with disabilities. Her current research interests focus on innovative financing and delivery mechanisms to improve the delivery of health care. She has expertise using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Dr. Song teaches graduate level courses in healthcare financial management and has co-authored several leading textbooks in healthcare finance. Dr. Song is the 2020 recipient of the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
Dr. Song received her Ph.D. in health services organization and policy, and master degrees in health services administration and applied economics, all from the University of Michigan. Prior to academia, Dr. Song worked as a health care administrator in large health systems.