Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD, MBA

Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD, MBA, a Professor and L.R. Jordan Endowed Chair of Health Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, received a Doctorate of Philosophy from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Weech-Maldonado, a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) researcher, is interested in examining the impact of organizational and market factors on access, quality, and costs of care for vulnerable populations, particularly the elderly and racial/ethnic minorities.


2003-04 & 2005-06


2005-2006 Pilot Project, “Racial/ethnic differences in nursing-home rehabilitation care for Medicare post-acute residents.” Dr. Weech-Maldonado’s RCMAR/CHIME-funded project examined the racial-ethnic differences in the case-mix adjusted utilization of speech, occupational, physical, and respiratory therapies for post-acute nursing home residents who had stroke. It was considered important to examine the stroke care and outcomes of care for racial/ethnic minorities admitted to nursing homes given that more rehabilitation services are being provided in nursing-home settings.


2003-2004 Pilot Project, “The relationship between Hispanic ethnicity and language and patient assessments of Medicare managed care.” Dr. Weech-Maldonado’s RCMAR/CHIME-funded project used the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) 3.0 data from 2002 to examine the experiences of Hispanics enrolled in Medicare managed care.


  • Weech-Maldonado R , Fongwa MN, Gutierrez PR, Hays RD. Language and regional differences in evaluations of Medicare managed care by Hispanics. Health Services Research. 2008 Apr;43(2):552-568. PMID: 18370967. PMCID: PMC2442381.
  • Weech-Maldonado R, Elliott MN, Oluwole A, Schiller KC, Hays RD. Survey response style and differential use of CAHPS rating scales by Hispanics. Medical Care. 2008 Sep;46(9):963-8. PMID: 18725851. PMCID: PMC3103722.
  • Weech-Maldonado R, Carle A, Weidmer B, Hurtado M, Ngo-Metzger Q, Hays RD. The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) cultural competence (CC) item set. Med Care. 2012 Sep;50(9 Suppl 2):S22-31. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e318263134b. PubMed PMID: 22895226; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3748811.
  • Weech-Maldonado R, Elliott MN, Pradhan R, Schiller C, Dreachslin J, Hays RD. Moving towards culturally competent health systems: organizational and market factors. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Sep;75(5):815-22. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.03.053. Epub 2012 May 5. PubMed PMID: 22647564; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3669592.
  • Fongwa MN, Cunningham W, Weech-Maldonado R, Gutierrez PR, Hays RD. Comparison of data quality for reports and ratings of ambulatory care by African American and White Medicare managed care enrollees. Journal of Aging Health. 2006 Oct;18:707-721. PMID: 16980636.