Professor Petrarca is a Rhode Island native; however, he spent several years in Southern California where he gained extensive knowledge in Healthcare Administration pegged to physician practice management, integrated hospital systems, strategic planning, clinical operations, medical education, business development, budgeting, contracting, organizational improvement and operational medical management.
Although Professor Petrarca holds several degrees including a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Master’s Degree in Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a clinical degree in Respiratory Care; he maintains his breadth and depth of knowledge relative to the healthcare industry is grounded on several years of hands on experience, which provides the framework for preparation in teaching and the ability to deliver and share current, applicable information with students.
During his time in Southern California Professor Petrarca received several invitations to teach classes designed for medical students and fourth year residents on the “Business of Medicine.” Teaching engagements included the School of Medicine at The University of California Irvine and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
Professor Petrarca has been with RWU since 2001. Courses taught during his tenure include Public Health, Bio-Statistics, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Policy, Managed Care, and Healthcare Methods and Research.
His background as a healthcare executive is an amalgamation of successful accomplishments relating to the total spectrum of healthcare delivery and management, which offers students an opportunity to learn from hands on experience and provides students with an opportunity to develop skills, vision and ability as it applies to healthcare.