Neurology Health Services Research Program

Improve the healthcare system for patients with neurologic disease. We strive to perform high quality research that informs healthcare policies and interventions to increase high value care, reduce unnecessary care and promote health equity.

About the Program

The University of Michigan Department of Neurology Health Services Research (HSR) Program is a national leader in neurology-specific HSR. We have expertise in a variety of research methods including community based participatory research, development and evaluation of decision support tools, large database research to study associations, define priorities and evaluate policies, clinical trials and implementation science. Our funding portfolio consists of federally funded grants and foundation grants. We hold national leadership roles including participating in NIH study sections, chairing the American Neurological Association’s Health Services Research Special Interest Group, serving as members of the American Academy of Neurology’s Health Services Research Committee, section editors of Neurology’s Innovations in Care Delivery, and active participation in policy relevant committees including the National Quality Forum and several policy-focused committees of the AAN. We are deeply committed to mentoring, particularly ensuring a vibrant research career aligned with our mentees goals. Our mentees are funded via K23, K08, T32, K01, NIH diversity supplement and foundation awards.

If you are interested in learning more about the HSR program please contact the program’s administrative assistant, Luke Brown, at lukebr@med.umich.edu or 734.936.9075.

The University of Michigan Neurology HSR group publishes frequently in the highest impact journal in our field.

We funded by multiple sources including the NIH and the VA.

Our collaborations include the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association, the two largest general neurology societies.

The Neurology HSR group is frequently interviewed about topics involving healthcare policy, drug costs, healthcare efficiencies.

HSR training is available through the NIH T32 program and multiple mentors are available.

The UM Neurology HSR group has access to many large healthcare databases including Optum and Medicare.

Leadership Team

Dr. Burke, James

James Burke

Associate Professor of Neurology
Dr. Brian Callaghan

Brian Callaghan

Associate Professor of Neurology
Dr. Kerber, Kevin

Kevin Kerber

Professor of Neurology
Lesli Skolarus

Lesli Skolarus

Associate Professor of Neurology