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Paul Torrens

Professor Emeritus


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementEmeriti
Contact Information

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health / Department of Health Policy and Management / 31-299B CHS

Areas of Interest: 
  • Health Services Organization and Financing
  • Health Services Organization and Theory
  • Managerial Processes in Health Service Organizations
  • Managed Care        

Paul Torrens is Professor of Health Policy and Management, teaches courses in health services organization and financing, health services organization and theory, managerial processes in health service organizations and managed care. Dr. Torrens received his M.D. from Georgetown University and his M.P.H. from Harvard University. A physician by initial training, he has had a long career in the two areas of health care management and health care policy.

As a health care manager, Dr. Torrens has had many years of direct management experience in hospitals and health organizations. He has also many years of membership on governing boards of health care organizations of various kinds; he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Shield of California, as well as the Board of PacificCare Behavioral Health of California. He is also a member of the Financial Solvency Standards Board, Department of Managed Care, State of California, and the Attorneys General Task Force on Charity Care.

As a health policy expert, Dr. Torrens has served in a wide variety of advisory and consulting capacities to governmental and non-governmental organizations in all parts of the United States and in eighteen foreign countries.

Selected Publications: 
  • Stephen Williams and Torrens, P.R., Introduction to Health Services , Wiley Medical Publishing, New York, NY, First Edition, 1979, Second Edition, 1984, Third Edition, 1988, Fourth Edition, 1992; Fifth Edition, 1998.
  • Zuckerman, H., Hilberman, D., Andersen, R. A., Alexander, J., Burns, L.R., Torrens, P.R., "Physicians and Organizations: Strange Bedfellows or a Marriage Made In Heaven?" Frontiers of Health Services Management (in press), 1998
  • Zuckerman, H., Torrens, P.R., Hilberman, D., "Evaluating Emerging Physician Organization Integration Arrangements," reprinted in Integrated Delivery Systems: Creation, Management, and Governance, Health Administration Press, Chicago, 1997.
  • Zuckerman, H., Torrens, P.R., Hilberman, D. and Andersen, R.A., "Evaluating Emerging Physician- Organization Integration Arrangements," in Austin Ross and Mary Richardson (eds.), Ambulatory Health Care Case Studies for the Health Services Executive, Denver; Medical Group Management Association, 1995.