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.

Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
Alice Hamilton Professor of Medicine, Medical School
Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

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.

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Gail Campanella

Gail A. Campanella, M.B.A.

Managing Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation

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

Thomas C. Buchmueller, Ph.D.

Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

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.

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Amy Cohn, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety, College of Engineering
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering
Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

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.

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Justin Dimick

Justin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H.

George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery
Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery & Associate Chair for Strategy & Finance
Director, Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy
Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

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.

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karen farris

Karen Farris, Ph.D.

Charles R. Walgreen III Professor of Pharmacy Administration
Chair, Department of Clinical, Social, and Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health
Director, MICHR Pilot Grant Program

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. 

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Eve A. Kerr, M.D., M.P.H.

Louis Newburgh Research Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Director, VA Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor HSR&D Center of Innovation

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. 

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Ken Langa, M.D., Ph.D.

Cyrus Sturgis Professor of Medicine, UM Medical School and Institute for Social Research
Research Investigator, VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research
Associate Director, Health and Retirement Study

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. 

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Paula Lantz, Ph.D., M.S., M.A.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Ford School of Public Policy
Professor of Public Policy
Professor of Health Management and Policy
Director, University of Michigan Policies for Action Research Hub

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.

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Helen Levy

Helen G. Levy, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Institute for Social Research
Research Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Research Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

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.

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Brahmajee Nallamothu

Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Medical School
Investigator, Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy
Investigator, Center for Clinical Management Research

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 of IHPI's Data & Methods Hub.

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John D. Piette, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education and Global Public Health, School of Public Health
Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Director, Center for Managing Chronic Disease
Senior Research Career Scientist, VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research
Associate Director, Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research

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. 

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Lisa A. Prosser, Ph.D., M.S.

Director, Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy

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. 

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Caroline Richardson, M.D.

Dr. Max and Buena Lichter Research Professor of Family Medicine
Medical Director, Ypsilanti Health Center
Research Scientist, Institute for Research on Women and Gender

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. 

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