Health Care Consultant, Kiki Nocella, PhD, a Nationally-Recognized Expert on Establishing Teaching Health Centers, Joins Wipfli LLP/HFS Consultants


Kiki NocellaKiki Nocella, PhD, has joined Wipfli LLP/HFS Consultants’ clinical operations practice and will be based in Southern California. With expertise in FQHCs, RHCs, and setting up physician residency programs, Nocella’s extensive health care industry experience will serve to expand the firm’s practice and be an excellent resource for clients.

Nocella is considered a national expert on establishing Teaching Health Centers, a program that was created with a $230 million appropriation in the Affordable Care Act. She wrote and was awarded one of the first 11 Teaching Health Center grants funded by HRSA, via the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, receiving the largest award of all applicants. Her work in the Teaching Health Center arena has been recognized by The New England Journal of Medicine, which published details of a project she did with George Washington University for HRSA on the cost of training health center residents.

Among Nocella’s numerous achievements are: developing a graduate medical education program and strategy for a five-county region in Northern Florida; writing the Health Information Exchange (HIE) Strategic Plan for the State of North Carolina and the Narrative (Application) for its ONC Cooperative Agreement for State HIE; developing a consortium of health care providers in Fresno County; and developing an Electronic Record Sharing Roadmap for the Children’s Partnership and the County of Ventura for an innovative project of interoperability between CWS/CMS, Health, and Education.

“Kiki brings to the firm a strong professional reputation, a national presence, and unique expertise related to the physician workforce in FQHCs and RHCs,” says Richard Gianello, a partner at Wipfli/HFS. “Her deep knowledge of primary care strategies and primary care financial models will serve to strengthen and grow our team and our client relationships. She is an outstanding addition to our firm’s clinical operations practice.”

Prior to joining Wipfli/HFS, Nocella was the founding vice provost of health affairs at the University of California, Riverside, where she developed the business and implementation plans that led to the establishment of the university’s graduate medical education program. She has taught at the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development, and the Keck School of Medicine. In addition, she has lectured nationally and internationally on issues related to rural health delivery, quality, and workforce.

Nocella holds a PhD in public administration and organizational theory from the University of Southern California, a Master’s degree in health administration from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Los Angeles.

For more information, contact Kiki at, or call 800-888-4966.






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