Dr. Stephen J. Aragon

STEPHEN J. ARAGON, PHD, MHA

Associate Professor of Management
Department of Management and Marketing
Reynolds Center, Rm 112B

Phone: (336) 750-8845
Email: aragons@wssu.edu



About

Associate Professor of Healthcare Management
The School of Business and Economics
Winston-Salem State University

Principal Investigator
Provider Patient-Centeredness and Disparities Outcome Measurement Initiative
NIH-NCMHD Grant # 1P20MD002303-01

Research Fellow
The Sheps Center for Health Services Research
The University of North Carolina

Former Hospital Chief Executive

Dr. Aragon is an associate professor of healthcare management in The School of Business and Economics at Winston Salem State University and principal investigator of the Provider Patient-Centeredness and Disparities Outcome Measurement Initiative, a 5-year NIH-NCMHD grant focusing on reducing disparities for minority patients, women, and children by increasing provider patient-centeredness. He is also a research fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC and an adjunct professor in the Hypertension and Vascular Disease Center, Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Prior to his academic tenure, he served as a hospital chief executive officer in both the voluntary and for-profit healthcare sectors, where he developed Oregon’s first Physician-Hospital Organization and received HealthTrust’s Donald S. MacNaughton Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership. During his service as a hospital CEO, he also developed The Primary Provider Theory, a generalizable theory of how the patient-centeredness of physicians, allied health practitioners, and nurses affects patients’ outcomes.  In addition to his research, he is currently testing the robustness of the theory across patients, providers, and healthcare settings, including hospitals and medical practices. He serves on various boards and makes national and international presentations on patient-centeredness.  He holds a PhD from The University of North Carolina (G) and an MHA from The George Washington University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at The University of North Carolina (CH) where he was a recipient of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Research Service Award.

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