William Aaronson is associate professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy in the College of Public Health at Temple University. Previously he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Assistant Dean for Research and Doctoral Programs at the Fox School of Business. Dr. Aaronson successfully led the restructuring of doctoral and masters programs in business during his tenure and is known for his strategic outlook, innovative approaches to curriculum management and his collaborative leadership style. Most recently he was the founding chair of the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy.

Dr. Aaronson has considerable international experience including delivery of executive training programs for health system leaders and collaborative research with local faculty in numerous countries. He has particular expertise in the health systems, history, culture, languages and educational systems of the former Soviet Union and Central Europe. He has been the recipient of a J. William Fulbright Senior Teaching Scholarship at the University of Matej Bel, Slovakia.

Dr. Aaronson is a recognized leader in healthcare management education having served as program director and department chair for CAHME accredited programs. He has worked in long-term care management, been a consultant to hospitals and long-term care organizations, and served on boards of directors for long-term and primary care organizations. He has extensively researched the relationship between health policy and healthcare organizational efficiency, quality and strategy. Dr. Aaronson’s research has appeared in top-tier research journals such as Health Economics, Medical Care Research and Review, Medical Care, Health Services Research, The Gerontologist, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Journal of Healthcare Management.

Dr. Aaronson led a 5-year, $1.4 million USAID funded and AIHA managed partnership project between a coalition of Temple University, Philadelphia-based healthcare providers and the City Health Administration, Kyiv, Ukraine. The purpose of the Kyiv-Philadelphia Partnership was to develop a system of community-based primary healthcare clinics and the infrastructure to support it.

Dr. Aaronson is active in numerous professional and academic organizations and is currently the chair elect for the Global Healthcare Management Faculty Forum of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.


  • PhD, Business Administration, Temple University
  • MEd, Rehabilitation/Community Counseling, Temple University
  • BS, General Science, Villanova University

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




HPM 2214

Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System


HPM 5006

Political and Economic Aspects of Health


HPM 5107

Forced Migration and Refugee Health


HPM 5132

Comparative Health Systems: Local, National, and Global Perspectives


HPM 8008

Health Economics


HPM 8013

Research Methods in Health Policy


HPM 9083

Readings and Conference in Public Health


HPM 9289

MPH Fieldwork I


HPM 9389

MPH Fieldwork II


HIM 4104

Health Information Management Operations Management


Selected Publications

  • Gasoyan, H., Soans, R.S., Ibrahim, J.K., Aaronson, W.E., & Sarwer, D.B. (2022). Association between insurance-mandated precertification criteria and inpatient healthcare utilization during 1 year after bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis, 18(2), pp. 271-280. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2021.10.007

  • Gasoyan, H., Ibrahim, J.K., Aaronson, W.E., & Sarwer, D.B. (2021). The role of health insurance characteristics in utilization of bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis, 17(5), pp. 860-868. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2021.01.024

  • Gasoyan, H., Soans, R., Ibrahim, J.K., Aaronson, W.E., & Sarwer, D.B. (2020). Do Insurance-mandated Precertification Criteria and Insurance Plan Type Determine the Utilization of Bariatric Surgery Among Individuals With Private Insurance? Med Care, 58(11), pp. 952-957. United States. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001358

  • Halpern, M.T., Gasoyan, H., & Aaronson, W.E. (2020). Metrics to Evaluate the Performance of Cancer Center Leadership: A Systematic Review. J Healthc Manag, 65(3), pp. 217-235. United States. doi: 10.1097/JHM-D-19-00064

  • Gasoyan, H. & Aaronson, W.E. (2020). Association Between Use of EHR-Generated Dashboards and Hospital Outcomes in 30-Day Heart Failure Readmissions. J Healthc Manag, 65(6), pp. 430-440. United States. doi: 10.1097/JHM-D-19-00207

  • Halpern, M.T., Gasoyan, H., & Aaronson, W.E. (2019). Metrics to evaluate the performance of cancer center leadership. JOURNAL of CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, 37(27). doi: 10.1200/JCO.2019.37.27_suppl.10

  • Aaronson, W.E. & Evashwick, C.J. (2019). Global Education of Health Management. Frontiers Media SA.

  • Evashwick, C.J. & Aaronson, W.E. (2019). Editorial: Global Education of Health Management. Front Public Health, 7, p. 103. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00103

  • Gasoyan, H., Safaryan, A., Sahakyan, L., Gasoyan, N., Aaronson, W.E., & Bagramian, R.A. (2019). School-Based Preventive Dental Program in Rural Communities of the Republic of Armenia. Front Public Health, 7, p. 243. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00243

  • Aaronson, W.E., Evashwick, C.J., & Shewchuk, R.M. (2018). Organizing chronic care: The value of organization theory to gerontology., pp. 169-191. doi: 10.4324/9781315223551-8

  • Counte, M.A., Howard, S.W., Chang, L., & Aaronson, W. (2018). Global Advances in Value-Based Payment and Their Implications for Global Health Management Education, Development, and Practice. Front Public Health, 6, p. 379. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00379

  • Sharan, A.D. & Aaronson, W.E. (2017). The Beginning of Trumpcare. Clin Spine Surg, 30(1), pp. 30-31. United States. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000000497

  • Černohorská, L., Pilyavskyy, A., & Aaronson, W. (2017). Comparative performance of the visegrad group banks for the period 2009-2013. E a M: Ekonomie a Management, 20(2), pp. 175-187. doi: 10.15240/tul/001/2017-2-013

  • Pilyayskyy, A., Aaronson, W., & Cernohorska, L. (2017). Comparative analysis of the total factor of productivity changes for banks of Visegrad group for the period 2009-2013. 11TH PROFESSOR ALEKSANDER ZELIAS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on MODELLING and FORECASTING of SOCIO-ECONOMIC PHENOMENA, pp. 339-348. Retrieved from

  • Pilyavskyy, A., Aaronson, W., & Matsiv, Y. (2016). Comparative Analysis of Healthcare Performance in West and South Regions of Ukraine. Comparative Economic Research, 19(5), pp. 143-155. doi: 10.1515/cer-2016-0042

  • Vaccaro, A.R., Schroeder, G.D., Aaronson, W.E., Heary, R.F., Kepler, C.K., Khan, S.N., Koerner, J.D., Kurd, M.F., Savage, J.W., & Sharan, A.D. (2016). A change in direction and a name change: The journal of spinal disorders and techniques is now clinical spine surgery. Clinical Spine Surgery, 29(3), p. 91. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000000363

  • Aaronson, W.E. (2015). The business of medicine: an introduction. J Spinal Disord Tech, 28(5), pp. 190-192. United States. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000000290

  • Blau, G., Tatum, D.S., Goldberg, C.W., Viswanathan, K., Karnik, S., & Aaronson, W. (2014). Psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner perceptions of frequency and importance of performance domain scales. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 37(1), pp. 24-30. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000040

  • Al-Amin, M., Zinn, J., Rosko, M.D., & Aaronson, W. (2011). Erratum: Specialty hospital market proliferation: Strategic implications for general hospitals (Health Care Management Review (2010) 35:4 (294-300)). Health Care Management Review, 36(1), p. 17. doi: 10.1097/01.HMR.0000391443.40327.60

  • Al-Amin, M., Zinn, J., Rosko, M.D., & Aaronson, W. (2010). Specialty hospital market proliferation: Strategic implications for general hospitals. Health Care Manage Rev, 35(4), pp. 294-300. United States. doi: 10.1097/HMR.0b013e3181e04a06

  • Bernet, P.M., Rosko, M.D., Valdmanis, V.G., Pilyavsky, A., & Aaronson, W.E. (2008). Productivity efficiencies in Ukrainian polyclinics: lessons for health system transitions from differential responses to market changes. JOURNAL of PRODUCTIVITY ANALYSIS, 29(2), pp. 103-111. doi: 10.1007/s11123-007-0072-4

  • Aaronson, W.E., Counte, M., & Ramirez, B. (2008). A comparative perspective on contemporary trends in global healthcare management education. J Health Adm Educ, 25(3), pp. 175-190. United States. Retrieved from

  • Blau, G., Fertig, J., Lopez, A., Aaronson, W., & Holladay, B. (2007). Further testing the impact of shift schedule on task scale variables for medical laboratory professionals. J Allied Health, 36(4), pp. 224-230. United States. Retrieved from

  • Pilyavsky, A.I., Aaronson, W.E., Bernet, P.M., Rosko, M.D., Valdmanis, V.G., & Golubchikov, M.V. (2006). East-west: does it make a difference to hospital efficiencies in Ukraine? Health Econ, 15(11), pp. 1173-1186. England. doi: 10.1002/hec.1120

  • Evashwick, C. & Aaronson, W. (2006). The continuum of care today. After 20 years, what is the status of integration of services.? Health Prog, 87(5), pp. 46-55. United States. Retrieved from

  • Healey, K., Milbourne, G., Aaronson, W.E., & Errichetii, A.M. (2004). Innovative training for integrated primary health care teams: Creating simulated/standardized patient training in an international context. Families, Systems and Health, 22(3), pp. 368-375. doi: 10.1037/1091-7527.22.3.368

  • Smith, D.B. & Aaronson, W. (2003). The perils of healthcare workforce forecasting: a case study of the Philadelphia metropolitan area. J Healthc Manag, 48(2), pp. 99-110. United States. Retrieved from

  • Counte, M.A., Aaronson, W.E., & Ramirez, B. (2000). International health services management education: an overview of major efforts and lessons learned during the 1990s. J Health Adm Educ, 18(4), pp. 441-459. United States. Retrieved from

  • Murgas, M., West, D.J., Rusnakova, V., Krcmery, V., & Aaronson, W.E. (1998). Accreditation processes in the Slovak Republic. J Health Adm Educ, 16(2), pp. 223-233. United States. Retrieved from

  • Aaronson, W.E. & West, D.J. (1998). Introduction. The health management partnership experience. J Health Adm Educ, 16(2), pp. 109-123. United States. Retrieved from

  • Aaronson, W.E., West, D.J., Heshmat, S., & Ramirez, B. (1998). The pillars of health management education: lessons from the CEE experience. J Health Adm Educ, 16(2), pp. 125-144. United States. Retrieved from

  • Aaronson, W.E. & West, D.J. (1997). The transformation of healthcare in Central and Eastern Europe. J Health Adm Educ, 15(3), pp. 159-164. United States. Retrieved from

  • Aaronson, W.E. (1997). Developing health management education in Central and Eastern Europe. J Health Adm Educ, 15(3), pp. 165-181. United States. Retrieved from

  • Aaronson, W.E. (1996). Interdisciplinary clinical care teams. Adm Radiol J, 15(8), pp. 12-17. United States. Retrieved from

  • Bender, A.D., Aaronson, W.E., Krasnick, C.J., & Bender, J.G. (1996). The medical practice as business organization. Physician Exec, 22(3), pp. 5-9. United States. Retrieved from

  • Rosko, M.D., Chilingerian, J.A., Zinn, J.S., & Aaronson, W.E. (1995). The effects of ownership, operating environment, and strategic choices on nursing home efficiency. Med Care, 33(10), pp. 1001-1021. United States. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199510000-00003

  • Aaronson, W.E., Zinn, J.S., & Rosko, M.D. (1995). Subacute care, Medicare benefits, and nursing home behavior. Med Care Res Rev, 52(3), pp. 364-388. United States. doi: 10.1177/107755879505200303

  • Aaronson, W.E., Zinn, J.S., & Rosko, M.D. (1995). Structure, environment and strategic outcome: a study of Pennsylvania nursing homes. Health Serv Manage Res, 8(1), pp. 23-37. England. doi: 10.1177/095148489500800103

  • Aaronson, W.E., Zinn, J.S., & Rosko, M.D. (1994). Do for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes behave differently? Gerontologist, 34(6), pp. 775-786. United States. doi: 10.1093/geront/34.6.775

  • Zinn, J.S., Aaronson, W.E., & Rosko, M.D. (1994). Strategic groups, performance, and strategic response in the nursing home industry. Health Serv Res, 29(2), pp. 187-205. United States. Retrieved from

  • Aaronson, W.E., Zinn, J.S., & Rosko, M.D. (1994). The success and repeal of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act: a paradoxical lesson for health care reform. J Health Polit Policy Law, 19(4), pp. 753-771. United States. doi: 10.1215/03616878-19-4-753

  • Zinn, J.S., Aaronson, W.E., & Rosko, M.D. (1993). Variations in the outcomes of care provided in Pennsylvania nursing homes. Facility and environmental correlates. Med Care, 31(6), pp. 475-487. United States. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199306000-00001

  • Aaronson, W.E. (1993). The nursing home industry's "wake-up call." J Long Term Care Adm, 21(3), pp. 25-26. United States. Retrieved from

  • Zinn, J.S., Aaronson, W.E., & Rosko, M.D. (1993). The use of standardized indicators as quality improvement tools: an application in Pennsylvania nursing homes. Am J Med Qual, 8(2), pp. 72-78. Netherlands. doi: 10.1177/0885713X9300800209

  • Aaronson, W.E. (1992). Interdisciplinary health team role taking as a function of health professional education. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 12(1), pp. 97-110. doi: 10.1300/J021v12n01_08

  • Aaronson, W.E. (1992). Is there a role for physician extenders in nursing homes? J Long Term Care Adm, 20(3), pp. 18-22. United States. Retrieved from

  • Zinn, J.S., Aaronson, W.E., & Rosko, M.D. (1992). Competitive strategy in the market for nursing home services: a managerial perspective. J Health Adm Educ, 10(4), pp. 595-610. United States. Retrieved from

  • Aaronson, W.E. (1991). The use of physician extenders in nursing homes: a review. Med Care Rev, 48(4), pp. 411-447. United States. doi: 10.1177/002570879104800403


  • Rosko, M.D., Broyles, R.W., & Aaronson, W.E. (1987). Prospective payment based on case mix: will it work in nursing homes? J Health Polit Policy Law, 12(4), pp. 683-701. United States. doi: 10.1215/03616878-12-4-683