Leadership Team and Consulting Staff

Dwayne A. Banks, Ph.D.

Dwayne Banks is Founder and CEO of Health and Social Sector Analysis, LLC (HSSA). Dr. Banks received his B.S. degree in chemistry and B.A. degree in economics from the University of California at Irvine and Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.  A former university business school dean, economics and public policy professor, Dr. Banks has been a practicing health economist for more than 25 years and has consulted for both private and public sector organizations. He specializes in econometrics, big data analytics, health care financing and hospital and physician payment systems.  His scientific research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Health Economics, the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Journal of the American Dental Association, Applied Economics, the International Journal of the Economics of Business, the Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics, the Health Matrix Journal of Law-Medicine and the Journal of Industry Competition and Trade.  


Dr. Banks was selected as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy by the British government, whereby he served as a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and the King's Fund Policy Institute.  He conducted field research on the financing and provision of National Health Service (NHS) general practitioner and hospital services.  He has taught courses in health care policy, managerial economics, econometrics, risk and insurance and health care technological adoption.  Prior to establishing HSSA is served for more than 8 years as a senior health economist in Jordan, under the auspices of Abt Associates., Inc., and as a public policy professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy (UC Berkeley). 

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Abeer E. Handal-Banks, O.D., M.S.

Abeer Handal-Banks is Executive Vice President of HSSA.  An optometrist by training, Dr. Handal-Banks has over 30 years of experience as a health care provider and clinical researcher.  She received her B.S. degree in biology and medical technology from the University of Jordan, M.S. degree in computer information systems and security from Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio), and doctorate degree in optometry from the University of Houston. She is licensed to practice optometry in the state of Texas, and is fluent in written and spoken Arabic.

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Jeanne L. Wendel, Ph.D.

Jeanne Wendel has been a professional economist for more than 30 years.  Dr. Wendel specializes in health care regulation, quality improvement and performance measurement systems.  As a professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Reno she has published extensively in various areas of health care economics and public sector regulatory policies.  She received her B.A. in  economics and history from Rice University and Ph.D. degree in economics from Southern Methodist University.  Dr. Wendel has extensive domestric and international experience as a health policy expert.


Dr. Wendel's scientific research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Information Systems Applied Research, Applied Economics, the Economic Bulletin, International Journal of Health Care Economics and Finance, Health Economics, Disease Management, the Journal of Labor Research, and the American Journal of Medical Quality.

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Sunkar Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Mukhopadhyay received his B.S. degree in economics from the University of Calcutta, M.S. in quantitative economics from the Indian Statistical Institute, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in econometrics, health care economics, health care finance and health care labor markets. He is an associate professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Reno and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn, Germany.   Dr. Mukhopadhyay's scientific research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including the Review of Economics of Households (forthcoming), IZA Journal of Labor Economics, Public Works Management, the Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, the Social Science Quarterly, Demography, Applied Economics, and the journal of Quantitative Economics.

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Belinda L. Reyes, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Reyes received her B.S. degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. She specializes in labor market behavior and regulation, demography and population migration patterns. Dr. Reyes is a former fellow at the University of Michigan and visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She currently serves as an associate professor at San Francisco State University, Director of the Cesar E. Chavez Institute, and adjunct fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Dr. Reye's scientific research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including the International Migration Review, the Social Science Quarterly, Population Research and Policy Review, and the journal of Communities & Banking.  Dr. Reyes is fluent in written and spoken Spanish.

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Adriana R. Garcia, Ph.D.

Dr. Garcia received her B.A. degree in communications (journalism) and M.A. degree in communication arts, both from the University of the Incarnate Word.  She received her Ph.D. degree in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Garcia has extensive experience in developing and implementing effective communications and marketing strategies for businesses.  She previously served as the director of public relations for the Southwest ISD (San Antonio, TX) and vice present for communications for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  She currently serves as an assistant professor of marketing at Our Lady of the Lake University.

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Yara A. Halasa-Rappel, DDM, Ph.D.

Dr. Halasa-Rappel received her D.D.M. in dentistry from Aleppo University (Syria), her M.S. degree in international health care management, economics and policy from Bocconi University (Italy), M.S. degree in international health policy and management, M.A. degree in social policy and Ph.D. degree in social policy and management, each from Brandeis University.   She is the author of several scholar articles in the areas of health services research, cost of illness modeling and cost-effectiveness analysis.  She has extensive experience consulting for domestic and international health care organizations.

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