Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Director of Analytic Strategy, Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy


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. 

Published Articles or Reviews

Thompson MP, Luo Z, Gardiner J, Burke JF, Nickels A, Reeves MJ.  Quantifying Selection Bias in Ischemic Stroke Patients with Documented National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale in an Acute Stroke Registry.  Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2016; 9, 286-293.

Thompson MP, Waters TM, Kaplan E, McKillop CN, Martin MG.  Hospital Volume and Acute Myeloid Leukemia Mortality in Medicare Beneficiaries Aged 65 and Older.  Blood.  2016; 128 (6): 872-874.

Thompson MP, Reeves MJ, Bogan BL, DiGiovine B, Posa P, Watson SR. A Protocol-Based Resuscitation Bundle to Improve Outcomes in Septic Shock Patients:  Evaluation of the MHA Keystone Sepsis Collaborative.  Critical Care Medicine.  2016; 44 (12): 2123-2130.

Thompson MP, Kaplan CM, Cao Y, Bazzoli GJ, Waters TM.  Reliability of 30-Day Readmission Measures Used in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program.  Health Services Research. 2016; 51: 2095-2114, Best of AcademyHealth ARM 2016 Issue.

Thompson MP, Waters TM, Kaplan CM, Cao Y, Bazzoli GJ.  Most Hospitals Received Penalties For Excess Readmissions Every Year, But Some Fared Better Than Others.  Health Affairs. 36 (5): 893-901.

Thompson MP, Podila PS, Clay C, Sharp J, Berkley A, Baker B, Waters TM.  Community Navigators Reduce Hospital Utilization in Super-Utilizers.  Accepted for publication in The American Journal of Managed Care.

Thompson MP, Zhao X, Bekelis K, Gottlieb DJ, Fonarow GC, Schulte PJ, Xian Y, Lytle BL, Schwamm LH, Smith EE, Reeves MJ. Regional Variation in 30-Day Ischemic Stroke Mortality and Readmissions for Medicare Beneficiaries Treated in Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Hospitals.  Accepted for publication in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.