Staff

George F. Sheldon, MD
Director(919) 966-4052
george_sheldon@med.unc.edu
 

GEORGE F. SHELDON, MD, FACS, is currently the Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine of The University of North Carolina. Dr. Sheldon received a BA from the University of Kansas, earned his Medical Degree from Kansas University Medical School, and completed his surgical residency at UCSF.

Dr. Sheldon was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1970 and received added certification in Surgical Critical Care in 1986. Dr. Sheldon served as senior assistant surgeon (lieutenant) in the U.S. Public Health Service, and has worked in academic medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Peter Brent Brigham Hospital at Harvard University, the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, and most currently at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Sheldon's research activities have focused on the subjects of nutrition, clinical management of patients with injury, and surgical workforce issues. His research for the American College of Surgeons Institute for Health Policy Research focuses on the surgical workforce.

Thomas C. Ricketts, III, PhD, MPH
Managing Director
(919) 966-7120
tom_ricketts@.unc.edu
 

THOMAS C. RICKETTS, III, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Social Medicine at the UNC-Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine. In the fall of 2010 he was named to the National Health Care Workforce Commission created by the PPACA.

He is co-director of the American College of Surgeons Institute for Health Policy Research. His work with the ACS focuses on the future supply of surgeons and access to surgical care.

Dr. Ricketts works actively in health workforce policymaking and research and has developed national and state policies to influence the distribution of health care practitioners including the development of a new approach to designating primary care and dental health professional shortage and medically underserved areas.

From 2001-2010, he chaired the Scientific Advisory Committee for the United Health Foundation's America's Health RankingsTM. He is a member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and serves as an advisor to national and state health policy organizations.

Dr. Ricketts is Editor of the North Carolina Medical Journal having previously served as Editor of the Journal of Rural Health from 1990 until 1996. Dr. Ricketts has authored many scientific articles, book chapters, and monographs and edited texts on rural health and geographic methods in health services research.

Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP
Associate Director
(919) 966-5012
erin_fraher@unc.edu
 

ERIN P. FRAHER, PhD, MPP, is the Director of the North Carolina Health Professions Data System (HPDS) at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and holds joint faculty appointments in UNC-Chapel Hill's Departments of Surgery and Family Medicine. Dr. Fraher earned her PhD from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and her BA from Wellesley College. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a policy analyst and researcher in the United States, Canada, and England on a variety of health care issues. Her work for the American College of Surgeons Health Policy Research Institute focuses on variations in career trajectories for surgeons with respect to gender, age, and generational cohorts.

Anthony Charles, MD, MPH.
Investigator
(919) 966-4389
anthony_charles@med.unc.edu
 

ANTHONY G. CHARLES, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine of The University of North Carolina. Dr. Charles attended medical school at the University of Lagos College of Medicine and completed his surgical residency training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, UCLA, and the University of Michigan. Dr. Charles is board certified in General surgery and surgical critical care. Dr. Charles has received numerous honors and awards, including Teaching Attending of the Year and Best Surgical Resident in two consecutive years. His research for the American College of Surgeons focuses on the subspecialization of surgery and surgical workforce shortages.

 

Mark Holmes, PhD
Investigator
(919) 966-9694
mark_holmes@unc.edu
 

MARK HOLMES, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is also Director of the North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center. He received his BS in Mathematics and Economics (with Honors) from Michigan State University and his PhD from the Department of Economics at UNC-Chapel Hill. His interests include hospital finance, rural health, health policy, workforce, and patient-centered outcomes research. He is also a Senior Research Fellow and the Healthcare Economics and Finance Program Co-Director at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. His role in the ACSHPRI is analytical expertise, particularly in analysis of large datasets and econometric and spatial analysis.

Katie Gaul
Cartographer
(919) 966-6529
k_gaul@unc.edu
 

KATIE GAUL, MA, is a Research Associate at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. A geographer by training, Ms. Gaul earned her BS from Appalachian State University and her MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She primarily works with the North Carolina Health Professions Data System managing data and map requests, contributing to data analysis and reports, and providing technical assistance to other states interested in developing a health workforce data system. Ms. Gaul's work for the American College of Surgeons Health Policy Research Institute centers around cartography and other geographic issues, as well as designing publications and presentations.

Karyn Stitzenberg
Assistant Professor
(919) 966-5221
 

KARYN STITZENBERG, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of North Carolina and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management. She attended medical school and residency at the University of North Carolina.During residency she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. She is board certified in General Surgery. Her research interests relate to how the structure of multidisciplinary cancer care and other provider level factors impact patient outcomes. With the American College of Surgeons, she works on issues of access to surgical care with particular interest in travel and geographic barriers to care.