William Riley, PhD
Dr. William Riley is a Professor in the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery at Arizona State University, where he teaches process engineering, health finance, and health care quality and safety design. He previously served as the Associate Dean for the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.
To his present role in academics, Dr. Riley brings 25 years of senior executive experience in health care organizations, including serving as president and CEO of Pacific Medical Center in Seattle, Washington; CEO of Aspen Medical Group in St. Paul, Minnesota; senior vice president at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota in St. Paul; and senior vice president of St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center/Ramsey Clinic.
Dr. Riley’s research areas include quality improvement and patient safety, with several nationwide and international projects currently underway. He is the author of more than 60 articles related to quality management, patient safety, and health care management, and has co-authored two books on performance improvement in health care.
A past chair of the Public Health Accreditation Board, Dr. Riley serves on several boards, including the Fairview Physicians Associates (FPA), an affiliate of Fairview Health Systems. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.