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H-E-B School of Business & Administration Dr. Forest Kim

Forest Kim, Ph.D., FACHE

MHA Director

Phone: 210-832-5626
Office: AGO 104
fkim@uiwtx.edu
 

Research Foci: 
Health Services Research, Program Evaluation, Educational Outcomes

Family & Hobbies: 
Married to Emme Kim, who I've known since 2nd grade; have three daughters; enjoy traveling, exercise and any time with family and friends.

 

  • Academic Background 

    Ph.D. in Health Services Research from University of Washington

    M.H.A. from Baylor University

    M.B.A. from UTSA

    M.A. in Organization Research from Chapman University

    B.S. in Physiological Sciences from UCLA

  • Courses Taught 

    Quantitative Analysis

    Epidemiology/Population Health

  • Recent Intellectual Contributions 

    Beauvais, B., Kim, F., Cuyler, M., Richter, J., Johnson, L., Mangelsdorff, A.D. (2016). Developing the BEAR - assessing student competency development in graduate health management education. Journal of Health Administration Education, 33 (3), 377-392.

    Childs, J. D., Fritz, J. M., Wu, S. S., Flynn, T. W., Wainner, R. S., Robertson, E. K., Kim, F. S., & George, S. Z. (2015). Implications of early and guideline adherent physical therapy for low back pain on utilization and costs. BMC health services research, 15(1), 150.

    Fandre, M., McKenna, C., Beauvais, B., Kim, F., & Mangelsdorff, A.D. (2014). Patient centered medical home implementation effects on emergency room utilization: A case study. Hospital Topics, 92(3):1-7.

  • Work Experience 

    Brooke Army Medical Center, Health Administrator, 3 years

    Madigan Army Medical Center, Health Administrator, 4 years

 


 

H-E-B School of Business & Administration Dr. Kevin LaFrance

Kevin LaFrance, Ph.D. 

Phone: 210-930-8015
Office: AGO 154
CPO: 365
lafrance@uiwtx.edu
 

Research Foci: 
Academic Program Development, Program Accreditation, Experiential Learning, Strategic Planning, Community Based Partnerships

Experiential Background: 
25 years as a healthcare administrator in the U.S. Army

 

  • Academic Background 

    Ph.D., University of Alabama - Birmingham, Health Services Administration

  • Courses Taught 

    Healthcare Management

    Healthcare Economics

    Healthcare Strategic Planning

    Healthcare Capstone

    Strategic Planning and Policy

    Organizational Development Capstone

  • Recent Intellectual Contributions 

    Munoz, L. R., PhD, RN, PhD, NNP, LaFrance, K. G., PhD, Dominguez, D. G., PhD, Goei, K., A., PhD, RN, et al. (2014) Text Messaging as a Tool to Increase Physical Activity in College Students, The Physical Educator, 71 (3), 437-453.

    Dominguez D., Garcia, C., and LaFrance, K.G. (2013), Developing a New Graduate Program in Healthcare Management: Embracing the Transformation of Healthcare Management Education on a Pathway to Success. Administrative Issues Journal, 3 (1), 34-44.

    De Los Santos, E., LaFrance, K., Dominguez, D. (2011), Innovation in Competency-Based Program Development: Leveraging the Advisory Board Faculty Alliance. Administrative Issues Journal: Education, Practice, and Research, 1 (1), 47-56.

    Dominguez, D., Teachout, M., LaFrance, K. (2009), Using a Client-Based Experiential Learning Approach to Address CAHME Criteria and Evaluate Program Effectiveness, Journal of Health Administration Education, 26 (3), 207-222.

  • Work Experience 

    25 years as a healthcare administrator in the U.S. Army holding positions as CFO and COO in clinic and hospital settings

  


 

H-E-B School of Business & Administration Dr. Decima 'Chris' Garcia

Chris Nesser (pka Garcia), Ph.D. 

Phone: 210-283-6484
Office: AGO 158
CPO: 427
dcgarcia@uiwtx.edu
 

Research Foci: 
Health Policy, Access and Financing of Healthcare Delivery, Inter Professional Education and Practice 

Hobbies & Interests: 
I have two wonderful young children along with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a 250 gl aquarium full of fish. Our home is a zoo

 

 

  • Academic Background 

    Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Health Policy and Administration 

  • Courses Taught 

    Heathcare Finance I and II

    Healthcare Marketing

    Healthcare Policy

    Accounting Concepts

    Business Statistics

  • Recent Intellectual Contributions 

    Dominguez, D. G., Garcia, D.C., LaFrance, K. G., (2013). Developing a New Graduate Program in Healthcare Management: Embracing the Transformation of Healthcare Management Education on a Pathway to Success. Administrative Issues Journal: Education, Practice, and Research, V3(1).

    LaFrance, K., Garcia, D., and Dominguez, D. "The Concurrent Graduate Assistantship: Lessons from the Ground Up." Annual Conference of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. June 3-6, 2015 Miami, FL. Peer Reviewed Poster Presentation.

    Nguyen, C., Crocker, A., Garcia, D., Ramirez, M., Valdes, M., and Sarbacker, B. "Campus-wide Awareness of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Among Health Professions. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Academic Pharmacy 2014, July 26-30, 2014, Grapevine, Texas. Peer Reviewed Conference Presentation.

    Decima Garcia, Dan Dominguez, and Kevin LaFrance. "Interprofessional Practice Teams and the Role of the Health Administrator: An Educational Strategy." Annual Conference of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. June 19, 2014, San Antonio, TX.  Peer Reviewed Conference Presentation.

  • Work Experience 

    Hospital Admiistrator in the U.S. Navy (23 years); Senior Project Manager for Parsons Archectual and Engineering Firm (2 years); Retail Manager (2 years)

 



 

MHA Professors Emeriti

Dr. Daniel Dominguez

Dr. Daniel Dominguez, Professor Emeritus

Email: domingue@uiwtx.edu
 

Dr. Dominguez is the founding director of the MHA program at the University of the Incarnate Word. He was a faculty member at the H-E-B School of Business and Administration for 15 years before retiring in 2018. Read more about Dr. Dominguez.