Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery, is the new Director of Analytics at MVC

A recent study in Health Affairs suggests that almost $3.3 trillion were spent on health care in the US in 2016, or 17.9% of the gross domestic product (GDP).1 At the current growth rate, health care expenditures could reach 20% of the GDP by 2025. Now more than ever, we need data-driven solutions to improve both quality and costs in health care. As the Director of Analytics, I have an opportunity to address this need by advancing the MVC mission to help Michigan hospitals achieve the best possible outcomes at the lowest reasonable cost.

Having been born and raised in Michigan, I have a deep affinity the state and its well-being. I attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate work with a pre-med focus, but ultimately shifted focus to research. I subsequently attended the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and received a Master’s of Public Health in 2011. I returned to Michigan State to pursue doctoral training in epidemiology, with a focus on quality of care and outcomes research in cardiovascular disease. During this time, I also worked with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality to evaluate the impact of statewide collaboratives. After completion of my doctorate, I received additional training in health services and policy research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

In 2017, I returned to the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiac Surgery, Section of Health Services Research and Quality. Broadly, my research is focused on how health care quality, outcomes, and costs are impacted by clinical practice, health care delivery, and health policy. I have a special interest in applying this research to patients living with and undergoing surgery for cardiovascular disease. My work has been published in both clinical and health services research journals, such as Health Affairs, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, Health Services Research, and Critical Care Medicine. I have also received Young Investigator Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for my research, and was recently awarded the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Outstanding Article of the Year (2016).

By assuming the role of Director of Analytics at the MVC, I aspire to serve three purposes. First, I aim to provide member hospitals with high quality and actionable data. Second, I will support our highly skilled analysts to ensure that they have the methodologic tools to conduct rigorous data analysis for MVC initiatives. Third, I intend to be a resource for member hospitals regarding analyses conducted by the MVC, and more broadly on topics related to value in health care. I look forward to joining the wonderful team at MVC, and being of service to its mission and membership. Please do not hesitate to contact me at mthomps@med.umich.edu with any inquiries.

  1. Hartman M, Martin AB, Espinosa N, Catlin A and The National Health Expenditure Accounts T. National Health Care Spending In 2016: Spending And Enrollment Growth Slow After Initial Coverage Expansions. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017:10.1377/hlthaff.2017.1299.