Joel Cantor Appointed Interim Director for the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

To the RBHS Community:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Cantor, ScD as Interim Director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IFH). Dr. Cantor is succeeding Deborah Carr, PhD as the Interim Director.

Dr. Cantor is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and serves as Director of the Center for State Health Policy. He is widely known for his service in an advisory capacity to the State of New Jersey on pressing health policy matters. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Rutgers University President’s Award for Research in Service to New Jersey. The Center for State Health Policy is a leader in health policy research and development nationally, with a special focus on informing policy in New Jersey.

Dr. Cantor has published widely in the health services and policy literature on innovations in health service delivery and the regulation of private health insurance markets and is an elected Fellow of Academy Health. He also co-leads the Community Health and Health Systems emerging strategic signature area for RBHS.

Prior to joining Rutgers in 1999, Dr. Cantor served as director of research at the United Hospital Fund of New York and director of evaluation research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Cantor is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health where he received his Sc.D. in Health Policy and Management. He is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin where he received his BA.

A search for a permanent Director for the IFH is underway. The IFH Director Search Committee is being chaired by Dr. Frank Ghinassi, President and CEO of University Behavioral Health Care and is comprised of a distinguished panel of your colleagues from across the university. We are looking forward to a successful search and an outstanding recruitment for Rutgers.

Please join me in congratulating Joel Cantor on this new position. I would also like to thank Debby Carr for her service as Interim Director and acknowledge her distinguished tenure in the SAS Department of Sociology.


Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs