Joel C. Cantor, Sc.D., is the director of the Center for State Health Policy and professor of public policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Dr. Cantor's research focuses on issues of health care financing and delivery at the state and local levels. His recent work includes studies of the effect of health care market competition on access to care, the organization of the health care safety net for the uninsured, and the role of minority physicians in improving access to care of underserved populations. Dr. Cantor has published widely on health policy topics and serves on the editorial board of the policy journal Inquiry. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, Dr. Cantor served as director of research at the United Hospital Fund of New York and director of evaluation research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He received his doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1988, and was elected a fellow of the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy in 1996.