Elham Mahmoudi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Areas of Research
Health disparities; Care for patients with disabilities; Big data and machine learning in health care predictive modeling; Cost-effectiveness of preventive interventions and chronic disease management


NCRC, Building 14, Room G234
2800 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI


Elham Mahmoudi, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Family Medicine. She has extensive experience in quantitative analysis and econometric methodologies and in using a variety of large databases to conduct her research. These include nationally representative survey data, public and private administrative claims data, and electronic health records.

Dr. Mahmoudi’s research focuses on improving efficiency, quality and health outcomes through innovative use of data that focuses on the intersection of aging, disability, and disparity. Her research also extends to predictive modeling and the development of risk assessment tools using machine learning and natural language processing. Most of her work has been devoted to determining the underlying factors associated with racial/ethnic disparities in healthcare.

As an economist, she has extensive expertise in quantitative methodologies to evaluate healthcare policies. Dr. Mahmoudi has published almost 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has received funding from federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense, as well as non-profit organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and private foundations, including the Craig Neilsen Foundation.

Additionally, Dr. Mahmoudi has established international collaborations with health services researchers at Peking University in China.

She is an advisee to a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, medical students, residents and postdoctoral fellows from different institutions who conduct different levels of research.

Dr. Mahmoudi has been involved with U-M’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation/Health Services Research (IHPI/HSR) Summer Student Fellowship and Internship. She has also been involved in committee work and continuing medical education efforts pertaining to education of physicians and trainees.

Her various appointments and memberships include:

  • ELife journal editorial board
  • Reviewer for JMIR, JAMA Open, PLOS One, and several other top-tier journals
  • Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Workgroup
  • IHPI Inequities in Care Delivery workgroup
  • IHPI Early Faculty Advisory Council, Institute for Health Policy and Innovation
  • MDisability Program
  • Chair of the Disability Interest Group Leadership Committee
  • American Public Health Association’s Medical Care Section Leadership Group
  • 2021 Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant Review Committee
  • 2021 Military Health System Research Program Grant Review Committee
  • Reviewer for the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Healthy Longevity Challenge Catalyst Awards
  • The Zimmer/New Researcher Award Committee - The APHA Aging and Public Health section
  • Regular abstract reviewer for Gerontological Society of America, Academy Health, American Society of Health Economists, and International Health Economics Association


Dr. Mahmoudi has produced almost 60 peer-reviewed publications, with more than 40 as the first author or senior author. Of those almost 60 publications, more than 50 occurred since her appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in 2012. She has also conducted more than 53 presentations, including seven internationals presentation (with three invited presentations); almost 30 national presentations; and almost 10 local/regional presentations.

Prior to serving in the Department of Family Medicine, Dr. Mahmoudi worked with U-M’s Department of Surgery from 2014-2017.

During her doctoral work at Wayne State University, she gained extensive experience working with large datasets. While serving her fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, she gained additional experience in multidisciplinary, collaborative research and the ability to secure grants.




Advanced Degrees
  • Ph.D., Economics, Wayne State University
  • M.B.A., University of Detroit Mercy
  • M.S., Computer Information Systems, University of Detroit Mercy
  • B.A., Accounting, University of Shahid Beheshti

2014  Exemplary Scholar Award, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan

Additional Grants

 Working as a fully grant-funded researcher, Dr. Mahmoudi has served as the Principal Investigator for the following grants:

    • DoD: (SC200247)
    • NIA K01(AG068361)
    • Nielsen Foundation (721097)
    • Alzheimer’s Association (AARG-NTF-20-685960)

She has served as Co-Investigator/Project Director of the following grants:

    • NIDILRR-based grant (90RTHF0001-01-00)
    • NIA (U54 AG063546)
    • NIA (2-P30-AG-024824-14)
    • NIA(P30-AG)
    • NIDCD (R01 DC014703-5-S1)]
    • Two University of Michigan Internal Grants


I would use electronic medical records to identify the best practices in care coordination and continuation for vulnerable patient populations, including African Americans, Latinos, people with disability and older adults. I would also work with administrative claims data such as Medicare and Medicaid information for various projects related to the prevention of adverse health events among high-need patients.