Bita A. Kash, PhD, MBA, FACHE

Bita A. Kash, PhD, MBA, FACHE

Associate Professor/Center Director

Director of NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Healthcare Management (JHM)

Health Policy & Management
212 Adriance Lab Rd.
1266 TAMU
College Station, TX   77843-1266

Phone: 979.436.9462

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Research Interests

  • Organizational Capacity for Change and Transformation
  • Nursing Home Staffing and Cost
  • Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing
  • Examining Elements of Integrated Primary Provider Networks as Potential Sources of Competitive Advantage using Resource Based Theory
  • Implementation of Evidence-Based Transformational Strategies within Healthcare Organizations

The Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) is an industry-university cooperative research center (I/UCRC) funded by the National Science Foundation and health organizations to conduct research supporting major management, clinical, and information technology innovations in healthcare. As director and PI of CHOT, Dr. Bita A. Kash conducts research to support the implementation of evidence-based transformational strategies within healthcare organizations. Kash's research model relies on the knowledge and experience of healthcare leaders to guide academic research. This cooperative model ensures that the research is both meaningful and applicable to the healthcare industry and provides immediate decision support for CHOT’s industry members, such Texas Children's Hospital, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and Studer Group. Kash's areas of research include organizational capacity for change and transformation, implementation of new innovative models of care in primary care and surgical settings, nursing home staffing and cost, and healthcare strategic planning and management. Her most recent research projects, funded by the National Science Foundation's Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), focus on examining elements of integrated primary provider networks as potential sources of competitive advantage using resource based theory (RBT). Kash's research has been funded primarily by NSF, AHRQ, NIH, industry, and the State Department of Health and Human Services.

Teaching Interests

  • Healthcare Strategic Planning
  • Marketing
  • MHA Capstone Course

Education and Training

Dr. Bita A. Kash is an associate professor in the Texas A&M University, Department of Health Policy and Management and Joint Associate Professor at the College of Medicine's Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Kash received a Masters in Business Administration from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She completed a two-year administrative fellowship at MUSC and later worked as a management consultant with RSM McGladrey, Inc. before pursuing a PhD in Health Services Research from Texas A&M University. She currently teaches healthcare strategic planning and marketing for MHA and MPH programs, the MHA capstone course, and serves on multiple PhD student committees. Kash is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and an active member of AcademyHealth, the Gerontological Society of America, and Academy of Management.