R. Paul Duncan, Ph.D.
Paul Duncan has been a faculty member at the University of Florida since 1979. He currently serves as the Director of the Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured, and is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. His teaching assignments are targeted to the training of health services administration professionals focused on the challenges of administrative leadership in health care organizations, as well as doctoral level trainees focused on studying and understanding how the health care system works.
Dr. Duncan is a nationally prominent health services researcher, best known for his studies of access to various forms of medical and dental care. In recent years, much of his work has focused on health insurance and the uninsured. Between 1999 and 2001, he served as Principal Investigator for three major surveys examining health insurance circumstances in Florida, Indiana, and Kansas. Dr. Duncan has published widely, including articles in such prominent journals as Medical Care, and Health Affairs. In 1996, 1997, and 1998, Dr. Duncan was selected “Teacher of the Year” by the department’s graduate students. From 1998 until the present, he has been responsible for the design and implementation of major surveys of health insurance coverage in Florida, Kansas, Indiana and elsewhere. His current research includes an evaluation of Florida’s Medicaid Provider Service Network Demonstration Project, ongoing studies of dental care utilization, and a study of the characteristics of high-cost hospital patients.
When not teaching or doing research, Duncan takes his interests into the community. He has been a member and chair of the Health Care Board of Alachua County, Florida. For almost ten years, he served on the Board of Directors, and has twice been elected President of the ACORN Clinic, an award winning medical and dental care clinic that serves poor and uninsured rural residents in the areas north of his home in Gainesville, Florida.
Telephone: (352) 273-6065