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, PhD, is a health economist and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Prior to serving in the Department of Family Medicine, Dr. Mahmoudi served in the U-M Department of Surgery (2014-2017). Dr. Mahmoudi was previously a postdoctoral research fellow (2012-2014) in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Mahmoudi earned her PhD from Wayne State University, in Economics in August 2012. During her doctoral work, she gained extensive experience working with large datasets. During her fellowship, she has gained further experience in grantsmanship and multidisciplinary, collaborative research. Most of her work to date has been devoted to determining the underlying factors associated with racial/ethnic disparities in healthcare.


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

Frequency and cost of preventable hospitalization among patients with multiple chronic conditions

Sponsor: Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou

Grant: University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) and Chang Gung

Memorial Hospital in Linkou (CGMH) 2016 Clinical Research Grant

PI: Elham Mahmoudi, PhD

Dates: Jan. 2017 – Jan. 2019

Status: Active

Amount: $100,000


Impact of Pre-Referral Advanced Testing on Upper Extremity Treatment Efficiency

Sponsor: American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand

Grant: AFSH 2016 Clinical Research Grant

PI: Erika Sears, MD;  Co-I: Elham Mahmoudi, PhD

Dates: 2016-2018

Status: Active

Amount: $40,000

1. Use electronic medical records to identify best practices in care coordination and care continuation needed for vulnerable patient population. 2. Work with administrative claims data such as Medicare and Medicaid for a various projects related to prevention of adverse events among high-need patients.