Dr. Kulesher is a health policy specialist and an experienced hospital and nursing home administrator. Originally from Washington, DC, Dr Kulesher attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania where he received a BA degree in psychology. In preparation for a career in health services management, he received the Master of Health Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After a 20-year career in health care administration, he earned a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on the impact of reimbursement policy on the provision of healthcare services. He has been at East Carolina since 2003. Previously he held faculty appointments at Penn State and St. Joseph’s universities and Rutgers University-Camden as visiting professor in public policy and administration. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
National health policy, healthcare financial management, health care of the poor and uninsured, health insurance, and Medicare, and Medicaid.
Acculturation and professionalism in health care management
Transformation of the Urban Healthcare Safety Net: The Devolution of a Public Responsibility. Kulesher, Robert. The Health Care Manager 34(4) October-December 2015, pp. 279-287.
Physician Communication in the Operating Room. Kirschbaum, Kristin A., Rohan P., Rask, Sally A. Fortner, Robert Kulesher, Michael T. Nelson, Tony Yen, and Matthew Brennan. Health Communication, Volume 30, pp. 317-327, 2015. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2013.856741. Published online: 02 June 2014.
International Models of Health Systems Financing. Kulesher, Robert and Elizabeth Forrestal. Journal of Hospital Administration, Volume 3, No. 4, August 2014, pp. 127-139. DOI: 10.5430/jha.v3n4p127.
Health Reform’s Impact on Federally Qualified Community Health Centers: The unintended consequence of increased Medicaid enrollment on the Primary Care Medical Home. Kulesher, Robert R. The Health Care Manager, Volume 32, Number 2, April-June 2013, pp. 99-106.
Identification of Accrual Barriers onto Breast Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials: A Case-Control Study. Houlihan, Robert H., Michael H. Kennedy, Robert R. Kulesher, Stephenie C. Lemon, S. Lawrence Wickerham, Chung-Cheng Hsieh, Dario C. Altieri. Cancer, Vol. 116, Issue 15, August 1, 2010, pp. 3569-3576.
The Impact of PPS on Hospital-Sponsored Post-Acute Services: A Case Study of Delaware Medicare Providers. Kulesher, Robert R. and Margaret G. Wilder. Journal of Healthcare Management, Volume 53, Number 1, January/February 2008, pp. 54-66.
The Development of Profession of Health Services Management in the United States. Kulesher, Robert R. Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation Theory and Practice, Volume 14, Number 1, January 2008, pp.15-17.
Prospective Payment and the Provision of Post-Acute Care: How the Provision of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 Altered Utilization Patterns for Medicare Providers. Kulesher, Robert R. and Margaret G. Wilder. Journal of Health Care Finance, Volume 33, Number 1, August 17, 2006, pp. 1-16.
Impact of Medicare’s Prospective Payment System on Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Home Health Agencies. Kulesher, Robert R. The Health Care Manager, Volume 25, Number 3, July-September, 2006, pp. 198-205.
Medicare’s Operational History and Impact on Health Care. Kulesher, Robert R. The Health Care Manager, Volume 25, Number 1, January-March 2006, pp.53-63.
Medicare-The Development of Publicly Financed Health Insurance. Kulesher, Robert R. The Health Care Manager, Volume 24, Number 4, October-December 2005, pp. 320-329.
"Cross-Medium, Shared Instruction to Engage Modern Students." Kennedy, Michael, Kulesher, Robert, & Ross, Thomas. AUPHA Undergraduate Workshop, Birmingham, Alabama, November 6 2011.
"Impact of Health Reform on Federally Qualified Community Health Centers: The Unintended Consequence of Increased Medicaid Enrollment." Presentation at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, New Orleans, LA, March 18, 2011.
"Transformation of the Urban Health Care Safety Net: The Devolution of a Public Responsibility." Presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Baltimore MD, April 24, 2008.
"Lessons Learned from the First Three Years of a Health Services Management Program Offered Completely On-Line." Presentation, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Undergraduate Workshop, Chicago, IL, November 18, 2006.
"Successful Tenure in Academic Healthcare Management Faculty Appointments." Presentation, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Undergraduate Workshop, Chicago, IL, November 19, 2006.
"Writing and Documentation Competency in the Curriculum." Presentation, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Undergraduate Workshop, Nashville, TN, October 25, 2003.
"Transitions of Care", Kulesher, Robert and Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld. Chapter 3 in Dimensions of Long-Term Care Management: An Introduction (2nd edition) edited by Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld, PhD, Carol A. Molinari, PhD, and Reid Oetjen, PhD. Health Administration Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-56793-836-4.
"Statutory Benefits: How They Involve the Manager." Kulesher, Robert R. Book chapter in The Health Care Manager’s Legal Guide, Charles R. McConnell, editor, Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, 2011. ISBN: 0-7637-6620-8.
Cellucci, L.W. (PI), Kennedy, M., Kulesher, R., and Zeng, X. (2013) "Health Care Leadership 2.0: Video and Social Media for Leadership Development." Awarded $10,000.
Comparison of Documentation Models Used by Emergency Physicians in a Community Hospital Setting. Guyla Corbett Evans, PhD. Department of English, East Carolina University, dissertation committee member, 2013-2015.
Identification of Accrual Barriers to Cancer Clinical Trials in Massachusetts. Robert H. Houlihan, DHA. School of Health Sciences, Central Michigan University, dissertation committee member, 2008-2009