Health Policy, Administration

Peter Damiano

  • Director and Distinguished Research Fellow in Residence
  • Director, Health Policy Research Program
  • Bernstein Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry


Peter Damiano is a health services researcher studying access to and quality of primary care services, including dental care. He is conducting funded studies in the areas of health care reform, health insurance coverage, health disparities and health care for underserved populations. He is the author of more than 200 journal articles and research monographs and has been principal investigator on more than 75 funded research studies. Through the Public Policy Center he regularly shares research findings with policymakers and the public through talks and symposia to help them understand the nuances of challenging policy issues. 

Research Interests

  • Quality of care and performance measurement/assessment of health plans
  • Medicaid, SCHIP and Medicare programs
  • Access to primary care (dental and medical)
  • Maternal and child health issues
  • Dental health services research

Educational Background

  • Certificate, Public Health Service/AHCPR Primary Care Policy Fellowship, 1993
  • MPH, University of California-Los Angeles, 1990
  • Certificate, Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholar Program, 1990
  • DDS, University of Iowa, 1986