Theis, Ryan

Ryan TheisAssistant Professor, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
Director, Education and Training, Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy

Phone: (352) 294-5973
Fax: (352) 294-5994

Clinical and Translational Research Building
2004 Mowry Road, Suite 2252
P.O. Box 100177
Gainesville FL 32610-0177


  • Ph.D. – University of Florida
  • M.P.H. – University of Florida

Professional Biography

Dr. Ryan Theis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics and Institute for Child Health Policy within the College of Medicine at the University of Florida.

Dr. Theis is a medical anthropologist specializing in studies of the social determinants of health in vulnerable and marginalized populations. He presently oversees the development, implementation, and reporting of evaluation research studies for the Texas External Quality Review Organization (EQRO), and in this capacity has authored or co-authored over 80 technical reports focusing on quality of care for beneficiaries of Texas Medicaid and CHIP. His current work focuses on populations requiring long-term services and supports, including adult Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and those who receive home- or community-based services.

His dissertation research, funded by the U.S. Fulbright Program, focused on the cultural pathways linking stigma with adverse mental health outcomes among low-income social service users in Geneva, Switzerland.


  • Health services quality
  • Long-term care
  • Program evaluation
  • Qualitative/ethnographic methods
  • Cultural domain analysis
  • Survey design/analysis

Recent News


  • Theis RP, Stanford JC, Goodman JR, Duke LL, Shenkman EA (2016). Defining ‘quality’ from the patient’s perspective: findings from focus groups with Medicaid beneficiaries and implications for public reporting. Health Expectations. April 28, 2016. DOI – 10.1111/hex.12466.