The Institute Leadership Team (ILT) assists the Director and Managing Director in decision-making on matters related to: scientific direction; policy; education and training; budget; recruitment; membership criteria, approvals and engagement; and Institute governance. Members come from the many U-M colleges, schools and academic departments that serve as home to IHPI's members, and bring the breadth and depth of expertise needed for IHPI to achieve its mission and vision. The ILT also includes faculty leads for the Institute's service hubs, the Data/Methods core and the Impact Accelerator.
John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P.
John Z. Ayanian is the inaugural director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) — one of the world's largest groups of health care and health policy researchers, involving more than 400 experts from across the University of Michigan and partner organizations.
At the U-M, Dr. Ayanian leads an institute whose members, like him, mine vast quantities of health care data to assess the impact of policy, payment and practice changes on patients' health. From diabetes, cancer and heart disease to mental health, children's health and hospital care, IHPI members study issues related to a broad range of conditions.
His research is focused on effects of race, ethnicity, gender and insurance coverage on access to care and clinical outcomes, and the impact of physician specialty and organizational characteristics on the quality of care for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and other major health conditions. He has led numerous studies assessing access to care, quality of care, and health care disparities.
Gail A. Campanella, M.B.A.
As the Institute's administrative leader, Ms. Campanella works closely with the IHPI Director and the Institute’s Leadership Team (ILT) to build the organization, shape strategy and implement programs and resources to serve the membership. She oversees the administrative staff as well as the day-to-day operations of the IHPI. Ms. Campanella has a wealth of experience in the private sector and at U-M. She served as chief of staff for the U-M Depression Center from 2005-13, and as interim executive director and COO of the National Network of Depression Centers from 2010-13. Ms. Campanella received her master's in business administration from Northwestern University.
Thomas C. Buchmueller, Ph.D.
Dr. Buchmueller is a health economist whose research focuses on the economics of health insurance and related public policy issues. His work examines trends in health insurance costs, coverage, use, and access, and he is also focusing on evaluating the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Amy Cohn, Ph.D.
Dr. Cohn’s work in health services focuses on fostering collaborations between engineering and medicine to improve healthcare delivery. Her research seeks to identify opportunities for engineers to bring different skills and approaches to problem-solving in healthcare, including logistics, scheduling, and sequencing issues, and other challenges in robust and integrated planning for large-scale systems.
Justin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Dimick’s research is focused on ways to measure and improve the quality of surgical care and patient outcomes. His work in surgical outcomes addresses performance measurement, variation in hospital quality, and cost-quality relationships, and he is also interested in novel ways to optimize surgical technique and skill to improve outcomes.
Karen Farris, Ph.D.
Dr. Farris received her B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and her doctorate from U-M, with training in pharmacy, social psychology, and health behavior. Her research and teaching focus on social theories to examine how individuals manage medications and how pharmacists in primary care settings influence medication use. She studies individuals’ medication adherence, reasons for non-adherence, including concern and necessity beliefs, and self-reporting adverse effects.
Eve A. Kerr, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Kerr’s health services research interests are in performance measurement, quality assessment and improvement. Her work focuses on developing innovative ways to evaluate quality of care in ambulatory settings, assessing the influence of organization of care on quality, and understanding the challenges of providing care to patients with multiple chronic conditions. Dr. Kerr is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Ken Langa, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Langa’s research focuses on the epidemiology and costs of chronic disease in older adults, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He is studying the relationship of common cardiovascular risk factors, as well as acute illnesses such as sepsis and stroke, to cognitive decline and dementia. Additionally, Dr. Langa’s research involves examining the relationship between cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive decline and dementia in middle-aged and older adults.
Paula Lantz, Ph.D., M.S., M.A.
Dr. Lantz is a social demographer who is focused on enhancing the translation of research into policy. She studies the role of public health in healthcare reform, clinical preventive services (such as cancer screening and prenatal care), and social inequalities in health. She is particularly interested in the role of healthcare versus broad social policy aimed at social determinants of health in reducing social disparities in health status. Other research focuses on the potential of social impact bonds (or Pay for Success) to reduce Medicaid expenditures. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Helen G. Levy, Ph.D.
Dr. Levy’s research explores the causes and consequences of lacking health insurance and the role of health literacy in explaining disparities in health outcomes. Her research is also concerned with the evaluation of public health insurance programs, and she is an Associate Director of the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal study of health and economic dynamics at older ages.
Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Nallamothu’s research interests focus on improving the use and performance of coronary angioplasty and stenting in acute myocardial infarction and the care of patients with cardiac arrests. His work has led to long-term collaborative efforts with investigators in various divisions within the Department of Internal Medicine and other departments and schools across campus. His team is also interested in examining new analytic tools and methods for measuring quality and costs of cardiovascular services. He is also the director IHPI's Data & Methods Hub.
John D. Piette, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Dr. Piette’s research focuses on developing and evaluating novel strategies for using mobile health technology to improve the accessibility and quality of care for patients with chronic illnesses through enhanced patient health monitoring and assistance with behavior changes. Much of this work focuses on the use of mHealth monitoring systems in socioeconomically vulnerable populations in the U.S. and low-income countries of Latin America. Additionally, his work focuses on improving access to quality self-management support among patients with a variety of chronic conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, and chronic pain, and he also studies risk factors for accessibility problems and cost-related medication non-adherence.
Lisa A. Prosser, Ph.D., M.S.
Dr. Prosser’s research focuses on measuring the comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of childhood health interventions using methods of decision sciences and economics. Research topics include evaluating long-term health and economic outcomes for newborn screening programs using simulation modeling, measuring public values for screening programs, and developing new methods for valuing family spillover effects of childhood illness. Her studies using decision science modeling to project long-term health outcomes for proposed newborn screening programs have been used to inform national newborn screening policy decisions.
Caroline Richardson, M.D.
Dr. Richardson is a physical activity researcher who emphasizes the importance of using low-cost and scalable approaches to promoting physical activity. She develops and tests behavioral internet-mediated interventions to increase physical activity and decrease weight. Focusing on components of web-based interventions that are interactive and individually tailored. In addition to her research in internet-mediated physical activity interventions, she is the Associate Editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and formerly directed the Veterans Administration Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative.