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.
- 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
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
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
Using Medicare HMO claims data , Mahmoudi and her team tracked 115,000 older adults with hearing loss for three years post diagnosis, finding an association between use of hearing aids and reduced risk of physical and mental decline in older adults.
Disability health researchers Michael McKee, Elham Mahmoudi, and Philip Zazove will present at the national convening of the Disability Research Interest Group and at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, held in Seattle Washington later this month.
Elham Mahmoudi, Ph.D. will attend the National Institute on Aging (NIA)'s 2017 Butler-Williams Scholars Program this summer. Justine P. Wu, M.D., M.P.H. will attend the year-long Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) course from the NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).
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?
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.