Portrait of Paul Torrens
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  • Degrees
    MD, Georgetown University
    MPH, Harvard University
  • Research Interests
    Health care management, Health care policy, Health care organization and finances

Paul Torrens is a clinical full professor in Claremont Graduate University’s School of Community & Global Health. He teaches courses in health services organization and financing, health services organization and theory, managerial processes in health service organizations, and managed care.

Torrens received his MD from Georgetown University and his MPH from Harvard University. A physician by initial training, he has had a long career in the two areas of health care management and health care policy. As a health policy expert, Torrens has served in a variety of advisory and consulting capacities to governmental and non-governmental organizations in all parts of the United States and in 18 foreign countries.

As a health care manager, Torrens has had many years of direct management experience in hospitals and health organizations. He has also many years of membership on governing boards of health care organizations of various kinds. He currently serves on the board of directors of Blue Shield of California as well as the board of PacificCare Behavioral Health of California. He is also a member of the Financial Solvency Standards Board, Department of Managed Care, State of California, and the Attorneys General Task Force on Charity Care.

Co-authored with Stephen Williams. Introduction to Health Services 5 editions. New York: Wiley Medical Publishing, 1979, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1998.

Co-authored with H. Zuckerman, et al. “Physicians and Organizations: Strange Bedfellows or a Marriage Made In Heaven?” Frontiers of Health Services Management 14, no. 3 (1998): 3–34.

Co-authored with H. Zuckerman and D. Hilberman. “Evaluating Emerging Physician Organization Integration Arrangements.” In Integrated Delivery Systems: Creation, Management, and Governance. Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press, 1997.

Co-authored with R. A. Andersen, et al. “Evaluating Emerging Physician-Organization Integration Arrangements.” In Ambulatory Health Care Case Studies for the Health Services Executive, edited by Austin Ross and Mary Richardson. Denver, CO; Medical Group Management Association, 1995.

Health Services Organization & Financing
Health Services Organization & Theory
Managerial Processes in Health Service Organizations & Managed Care