Research

      

U-M General Medicine has one of the most successful research programs of its kind in the country. Our physicians are recognized as leaders in their respective fields and have been awarded peer-reviewed grants to fund their discoveries. Our ground-breaking research tends not to focus on a particular disease or organ, but instead addresses the whole person and how they interact with the broader health system. We have two monthly research conferences giving faculty the opportunity to share and discuss recent discoveries and advancements. 

Our researchers are currently investigating various important and timely areas such as: patient-physician decision making, health care safety and quality, ethics and the history of medicine, the cost of health care and pharmaceuticals, care of the disadvantaged and other vulnerable populations, and special issues in the care of patients with multiple diseases.

Research Highlights

 

Our Research Faculty

Lawrence C. An, MD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Scientific Director of Cancer Survivorship Program

  • Psychobehavioral interventions
  • Cancer communications research
  • Web-based Intervention to Reduce College Smoking 

John Z. Ayanian, MD, MPP

Alice Hamilton Collegiate Professor of Medicine
Director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Health Management and Policy
Professor of Public Policy

  • Access to care
  • Quality of care
  • Health care disparities

Steven J. Bernstein, MD, MPH

Professor of Internal Medicine
Research Scientist, Department of Health Management & Policy
Director, UMHS Quality Management Program
Research Scientist, Ann Arbor VAHSR&D Center of Excellence

  • Quality of care: process and outcomes
  • Chronic illness
  • Implementation
  • Patient and physician decision making

John E. Billi, MD

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Medical School
Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan
Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Education

  • Lean Thinking (Toyota Way) in Health Care
  • Quality Improvement
  • Multihospital Quality Collaboratives
  • Patient Centered Medical Home and Accountable Care Organizations
  • Multistakeholder Community Coalitions for quality improvement

Hwajung Choi, PhD

Research Investigator of Internal Medicine

  • Aging and disability
  • Intergenerational health effects
  • Spatial proximity to informal/formal health care resources
  • Social support and health outcomes

A. Mark Fendrick, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Health Management & Policy
Co-Director, Center for Value-based Insurance Design

  • Quality and cost implications of medical innovation
  • Diffusion of medical technology across health care delivery systems
  • Health care reform / Value-based Insurance Design

Susan Goold, MD, MHSA, MA

Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Health Management & Policy
Director, Bioethics Program

  • Health spending priorities
  • Deliberative procedures in bioethics
  • Public participation in health policy decisions
  • Trust relationship in health care

Michele Gornick, PhD, MA

Research Investigator of Internal Medicine

  • Genomic risk information translation
  • Use of genomic information

M. Todd Greene, PhD, MPH

Research Investigator
Program Manager, Patient Safety Enhancement Program

  • Epidemiologic methods
  • Epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections
  • Quality improvement and patient safety

Rodney A. Hayward, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Health Management & Policy
Co-Director, Ann Arbor VA HSR&D Center of Excellence
Associate Director, RWJ Clinical Scholars Program
Director, Outcomes Evaluation Core, Michigan Diabetes Research & Training Center

  • Quality and resource use measurement and management
  • Physician practice patterns
  • Patient outcomes

Michele Heisler, MD, MPA

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Investigator, Ann Arbor VA HSR&D Center of Excellence

  • Factors influencing patients' management of chronic illness
  • Approaches to improving patients' management of chronic illness (self-management)
  • Disparities in chronic illness care and outcomes
  • Patient-physician communication and decision making in chronic illness care

Timothy P. Hofer, MD, MSc

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Investigator, Ann Arbor VA HSR&D Center of Excellence
Associate Director, VA Measurement and Information Technology

  • Physician practice profiling
  • Measurement of quality and efficiency of care
  • Clinical risk index development
  • Population predictors of health care utilization

Joel D. Howell, MD, PhD

Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Chair and Professor of History
Professor of Health Management & Policy
Director, Program in Society and Medicine

  • International comparisons of medical technology use
  • Technology assessment
  • History of medical technology
  • History of health care
  • Ethics of health care

Steven J. Katz, MD, MPH

Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Health Management & Policy

  • Cancer quality of care
  • Cancer treatment decision making
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Cancer communication
  • Cancer disparities research

Eve A. Kerr, MD, MPH

Professor of Internal Medicine
Director, Ann Arbor VA HSR&D Center of Excellence
Co-Director, Research on Quality Improvement for Complex Chronic Conditions (QUICCC)

  • Diabetes quality assessment and improvement
  • Care for patients with complex chronic conditions
  • Improving the science and application of quality measurement

Catherine Kim, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Gestational diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors
  • Menopause and cardiovascular risk factors
  • Contraception and cardiovascular risk factors 

Sarah Krein, PhD, RN

Research Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Investigator, Ann Arbor VA HSR&D Center of Excellence
Co-Director, VA Diabetes Quality Enhancement Research Initiative

  • Management of patients with complex, chronic health conditions
  • Organizational behavior and implementation research
  • Patient safety and prevention of healthcare-associated infection

Jeffrey T. Kullgren, MD, MS, MPH

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Investigator, Ann Arbor VA HSR&D Center of Excellence

  • Improving access to care for low-income populations
  • Insurance benefit design
  • Regulations to encourage health behaviors

Pooja Aggarwal Lagisetty, MD

Clinical Lecturer of Internal Medicine

  • Culturally tailored behavioral interventions
  • Social determinants
  • Health disparities
  • Neighborhood determinants of chronic diseases
  • Urban design

Kenneth M. Langa, MD, PhD

Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Director, Institute of Gerontology

  • Epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Economics of aging
  • Impact of vascular risk factors on the brain

Deborah A. Levine, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine 

  • Stroke epidemiology, prevention, and quality
  • Stroke-related dementia and cognitive impairment
  • Health care disparities

Laurence F. McMahon, Jr., MD, MPH

Chief, Division of General Medicine
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Health Management & Policy Associate
Director, RWJ Clinical Scholars Program

  • Evaluation of clinical practice variation
  • Evaluation of outcomes of care
  • Population-based clinical practice profiling
  • Care for gastrointestinal conditions
  • Evaluation and management of inpatient clinical practice

Jennifer A. Meddings, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

  • Impact of quality improvement programs
  • Pay-for-performance and patient safety initiatives

Mary A.M. Rogers, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Research Director, Patient Safety Enhancement Program

  • Preventive medicine
  • Epidemiologic methods
  • Translational research

Ann-Marie Rosland, MD

Lecturer of Internal Medicine
Investigator, Ann Arbor VA HSR&D Center of Excellence

  • Self-management of chronic disease
  • Organization of clinical care for chronic diseases
  • Social support and social network influences on health disparities
  • Community based participatory research

Renuka Tipirneni, MD, MSc

Clinical Lecturer of Internal Medicine

  • Health reform
  • Primary care practice redesign
  • Medicaid policy

Sandeep Vijan, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Investigator, Ann Arbor VA HSR&D Center of Excellence

  • Quality and resource use measurement and management
  • Patient outcomes
  • Clinical risk index development

Lauren P. Wallner, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Adjunct Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Southern California

  • Cancer quality of care and survivorship
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Cancer health services research
  • Chronic disease management

Melissa Yun-sun Wei, MD

Clinical Lecturer of Internal Medicine

  • Multimorbidity measurement
  • Risk factors and prognosis
  • Clinical epidemiology and health services research
  • Chronic disease prevention and management
  • Nutrition and preventive medicine

Brent C. Williams, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Medical Director, Complex Care Management Program

  • Complex care management
  • Teaching geriatric medicine
  • Teaching evidence-based medicine
  • Faculty development for clinical teaching
  • Evaluating clinical teaching

James O. Woolliscroft, MD

Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine
Professor of Medical Education

  • Medical education and educational outcomes assessment
  • Assessment of clinical competence
  • Leadership development