Dr. Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Section of Health Services Research and Quality

Dr. Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Health Services Research and Quality, Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Michigan Medicine. Prior to joining faculty, he completed his postdoctoral training in health services and policy research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Michigan State University in 2015 and his MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2011. His primary research focus is in the application of health services research to improve the delivery and quality of cardiac surgery. Secondarily, he has broad research interests in health care payment and value, and understanding the impact of health policy on quality of care.


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. Currently, he serves as Director of Analytics for the Michigan Value Collaborative. He is also a faculty member in the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan. Dr. Thompson is also an active member in the AHA Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research, AcademyHealth, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons.