Elham Mahmoudi, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Health Economics. She has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and has extensive experience using a variety of large secondary data sources, including nationally representative survey data, public and private administrative claims data, and electronic health records, to conduct research. She is also trained in quantitative analysis and econometric methodologies.
Dr. Mahmoudi's research has focused on evaluating healthcare policies aimed at reducing racial/ethnic disparities in access to and quality of care. She is a mixed methods researcher, examining healthcare use and cost. She also studies efficiency of care for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia and mild cognitive impairment, as well as individuals with disabilities. Additionally, she works with programs in China and is on the editorial board of eLife and PLOS One.
Department Research Areas
- 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
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)
- NIDCD (R01 DC014703-5-S1)]
- Two University of Michigan Internal Grants
The story behind the data: Health economist Elham Mahmoudi translates her passion for numbers into research with implications for population health
Her work focuses on improving efficiency, quality and health outcomes through data that focuses on the intersection of aging, disability and disparity.
Adults with hearing loss more likely to have unmet medical needs and delayed care
A U-M Family Medicine research team published the results of their analysis in the journal Seminars in Hearing.
BMJ Review Evaluates EHR-Based Risk Prediction Modeling of Hospital Readmissions
Elham Mahmoudi led a new systematic review published in the British Medical Journal.
Law Reduces Some Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Breast Reconstruction Post-Mastectomy
A study led by Dr. Elham Mahmoudi finds that state law in New York that mandated physician-patient communication helped some cancer patients get a beneficial procedure. It was published in JAMA Surgery in June.
If you had unlimited funding to complete your research, what would you attempt to accomplish?
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.