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Tracy J. Farnsworth

Tracy J. Farnsworth, EdD., MHSA, MBA, FACHE

Associate Professor

(208) 795-4335

BA, Brigham Young University

MA, Arizona State University

EdD, Idaho State University

Dr. Tracy J. Farnsworth was appointed President of the Idaho College of
Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) at Idaho State University (ISU) in 2016. He
also serves as Associate Professor, Healthcare Management, at ISU.

Prior to his work at the University Dr. Farnsworth served in various executive level
positions with Intermountain Healthcare, Catholic Healthcare West, and the City of
Hope National Medical Center.

Dr. Farnsworth is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He also received
Masters Degrees in Business and Health Services Administration from Arizona
State University, and a Doctor in Educational Leadership at ISU. In 2014
Farnsworth received the Kole-McGuffey Prize for excellence in education
research. In 2016 he received the distinguished author award by the Association of
Schools of Allied Health Professions.

Dr. Farnsworth is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
(FACHE). He also serves as immediate past Chair of the Association of University
Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and as a member of the Portneuf
Medical Center Board of Trustees.

Farnsworth has been active in his church and community, including the Boy Scouts
of America where he received the Silver Beaver award in 2009. Tracy and his wife
Michelle are the parents of four children and fourteen grandchildren.

Ruiling Guo

Ruiling Guo, DHA

Associate Professor

Office: BA 530

(208) 282-2927

DHA, Central Michigan University
MPH, Idaho State University
MLIS, McGill University
BA, Peking University

Dr. Guo earned her doctorate in Health Administration from Central Michigan University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Business of Healthcare, US Health Systems and Policy, Population Health, Managerial Epidemiology, Healthcare Policy, Health Information Systems, and Health Informatics. She loves her students and helps them learn and grow.

Dr. Guo’s current research focuses on evidence-based management in healthcare decision-making, health disparities, comparative health systems, population health, and community health needs assessment. Dr. Guo has published research articles in American Journal of Management, International Journal of Healthcare Management, Leadership in Health Services, International Journal of Management and Business, Hospital Topics, Journal of Community Health, Journal of Allied Health, Journal of Medical Library Association, Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Medical Informatics, etc. She has received numerous awards and grants as principal investigator in her given fields.  

Dr. Guo worked and taught in health care systems in China, Ethiopia, and Canada prior to joining the faculty at Idaho State University (ISU) in 2003. Dr. Guo is a fellow of the Center for Evidence-based Management, a reviewer for the AUPHA certification committee and scholarly journals, and a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Dr. Guo loves traveling and learning different cultures and languages. In her free time, Dr. Guo enjoys physical exercises, reading, and spending time with her family.

Daniel Kim, Ph.D.

Portneuf Medical Center Endowed MHA Program Director & Assistant Professor

Office: BA 528

(208) 282-3793

Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham 
BA, University of Michigan
Dr. Kim received his doctorate from University of Alabama at Birmingham with an emphasis in strategy. His primary research interests focus on health literacy, health disparity, leadership competencies, strategic management and outcomes. He has taught courses in the US healthcare system, research methods, and philosophy of science. 
Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson

Undergraduate Program Director & Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: BA 524

(208) 282-2975

Joshua Thompson is a Graduate of Idaho State University, where he received an MPA emphasizing in Health Care Administration. He is also a graduate of the Villanova Six Sigma Healthcare Program. He has worked as a CEO and Administrator of an acute care psychiatric hospital as well as an Administrator of a multiple Nursing Homes. He is in his 3rd term as Chairman for the Idaho Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. He began teaching at ISU in 2015 as an Adjunct Professor and was hired on full-time as a Visiting Professor in August of 2017.

Executive in Residence

Doug Crabtree, MPA

Executive in Residence Visiting Clinical Professor

Doug Crabtree is the Healthcare Administration program's first Executive in Residence (EIR). Crabtree recently retired from the Idaho Falls hospital, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) where he worked as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for 19 years. As the program’s EIR, Crabtree will take the role as instructor in both graduate and undergraduate level HCA and Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) programs. In this role, Crabtree will also use his extensive background working in the healthcare administration field to provide academic program directors and the College of Business dean with advise in the initial launch of the MHA program

Throughout his career, Crabtree has served in numerous high level positions in the healthcare industry for over 30 years in addition to being the Idaho Hospital Association Chair twice.