Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Director of Analytic Strategy, Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy
Co-Director, Michigan Value Collaborative


Dr. Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Health Services Research and Quality in the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. He also serves as the Director of Analytic Strategy at the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy. In this role he leads the Center in the acquisition and use of data sources and emerging methodologies. 

He received his PhD in Epidemiology from Michigan State University in 2015, and his MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2011.  His research utilizes quantitative methods to evaluate the intended and unintended effects of health policy, health system redesign, and changes in clinical practice in patients undergoing cardiac surgery.  He is also interested in research related to quality measurement and performance profiling, the adoption of electronic health records, and health care disparities.

Dr. Thompson publishes regularly in both clinical and health policy journals, such as Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, Critical Care Medicine, the American Journal of Managed Care, Health Services Research, and Health Affairs. In 2014, he received a Young Investigator Research Grant from the American Heart Association, and in 2017 was awarded the AHRQ/HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award. He is currently an active member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research, AcademyHealth, and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. 

More information on Dr. Thompson's publications, research and grants can be found here.