Cristina is an expert on national health policy, focusing particularly on Medicare reform, healthcare spending and health workforce analysis. She co-leads West Health initiatives supporting policies and programs to lower healthcare costs and transition to value-based care.

Before joining the West Health Policy Center, Cristina was an associate director at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she analyzed Medicare reform proposals as part of a major initiative on the future of Medicare. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Cristina held senior positions at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration. She has frequently advised federal policymakers on technical considerations and policy implications of Medicare and health workforce reform proposals.

Cristina has authored numerous publications in leading journals, has been cited and quoted in local and national news media, and is a frequent presenter and expert panelist at national conferences. She is currently serving on a 2019-2020 National Academy of Social Insurance panel examining potential changes to Medicare eligibility. Before transitioning to health policy, Cristina was a speech-language pathologist at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. She completed her graduate studies at Georgetown University and her undergraduate studies at Cornell University.