Faculty Profile

John Ayanian

John Z. Ayanian, MD, MPP

  • Alice Hamilton Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Healthcare Policy

Dr. Ayanian's research focuses on access to care, quality of care, and health disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, insurance coverage, and socioeconomic factors, as well as the effects of patient, physician and organizational characteristics on health services and outcomes of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. Since 2012, he has served as the inaugural Director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, which includes over 650 faculty members from 15 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan. In 2019 he became the founding Editor in Chief of JAMA Health Forum, a peer-reviewed, open access journal focused on health policy, health care systems, and public health.

  • MD, Harvard University
  • MPP, Harvard University
  • BA, Duke University

Access to health care, quality of care, health care disparities, health equity.

Research Projects:
Since 2014, Dr. Ayanian has led a multi-disciplinary team of 15 University of Michigan faculty members conducting the federally authorized evaluation of the Healthy Michigan Plan, which has expanded Medicaid coverage to one million low-income adults in Michigan.

Sequist TD, Fitzmaurice GM, Marshall R, Shaykevich S, Marston A, Safran DG, Ayanian JZ. Cultural competency training and performance reports to improve diabetes care for black patients: a cluster randomized, controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine 2010; 152(1):40-46. (PMID: 20048271).

Ayanian JZ, Landon BE, Zaslavsky AM, Saunders RC, Pawlson LG, Newhouse JP. Medicare beneficiaries more likely to receive appropriate ambulatory services in HMOs than in traditional Medicare. Health Affairs (Millwood) 2013; 32:1228-1235. (PMC3925369).

Ayanian JZ, Landon BE, Newhouse JP, Zaslavsky AM. Racial and ethnic disparities among enrollees in Medicare Advantage plans. New England Journal of Medicine 2014; 371(24):2288-2297. (PMC4381536).

Tipirneni R, Goold SD, Ayanian JZ. Employment status and health characteristics of adults with expanded Medicaid coverage in Michigan. JAMA Internal Medicine 2018; 178(4):564-567. (PMC5933355).

Ayanian JZ. Crucial questions for US health policy in the next decade. JAMA 2021; 325(14):1397-1399. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.1470 (PMID: 33847727).

Heisler MA, Lapidos A, Kieffer E, Henderson J, Guzman R, Cunmulaj J, Wolfe J, Meyer T, Ayanian JZ. Impact on health care utilization and costs of a community health worker program in Detroit, 2018-2019: a randomized program evaluation. American Journal of Public Health 2022; 112(5):766-75. (PMC9010898).

Email: ayanian@umich.edu
Assistant: Dana Brown, browndn@umich.edu 
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