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About the International Healthcare Research Center (IHRC)

The International Healthcare Research Center (IHRC) promotes and provides transparency and improves global healthcare quality, population health management, expanded access to care, and the consumer healthcare experience. IHRC is a 501c (3) non‐profit research center, headquartered in the United States. An important mission to performing global research is collaboration amongst academics and academic institutions. If you are an academic or an academic institution looking to partner with IHRC on medical tourism research and the globalization of healthcare, please contact us at [email protected]. Find out more, visit http://www.healthcareresearchcenter.org

About Renee‐Marie Stephano

The MTI has been developed over the last few years in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Marc Fetscherin, Rollins College, USA and the Medical Tourism Association, specifically under the leadership of Renee‐Marie Stephano. Renee‐Marie Stephano is a President of the Medical Tourism Association, also known as MTA, the first international non‐profit trade association for the medical tourism industry. Ms. Stephano also serves as general counsel for the MTA and is Editor of the Medical Tourism Magazine. Ms. Stephano received her Juris Doctorate degree in Law in Pennsylvania.

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She has a background in international marketing and health law and then went on to open her own law firm, spending six years serving as general counsel for a US national healthcare administrator which was the first US healthcare administrator to implement medical tourism into both self‐funded and fully insured health plans in the United States. Ms. Stephano works full time for the Medical Tourism Association and is considered an expert in medical tourism. In her role at the Medical Tourism Association, Ms. Stephano helps countries and hospitals create strategic marketing plans and helps identify target markets. She has helped many countries and hospitals achieve their goals of attracting foreign patients and international insurance companies. Ms. Stephano works with global health care providers to maintain transparency with respect to quality of care as they increase their flow of patients and she also works with medical travel facilitators to establish best practices to ultimately ensure patient safety.

About Marc Fetscherin

Marc Fetscherin is an Associate Professor of International Business and Marketing and a Cornell Distinguished Faculty at Rollins College, Florida, USA. His expertise is in international marketing and branding. He holds two Master’s degrees (HEC Lausanne, London School of Economics) and a Ph.D. (University of Bern). Prior his academic career he was a consultant for McKinsey & Company. He was also an adviser to the Swiss Government as a member of the Federal Commission of Consumer Affairs. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Brand Management and the Journal of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. He has published 3 books, numerous book chapters and journal articles. His articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Global Marketing, International Marketing Review, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Journal of Brand Management, Journal of Product and Brand Management, Journal of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, or International Journal of Market Research. Professor Fetscherin developed the Medical Tourism Index™ (MTI) in collaboration and with financial support from the International Healthcare Research Center.

More information about Dr. Fetscherin here www.fetscherin.com.