Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D.,F.A.C.H.E.

Christy Lemak

Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy

Director, Griffith Leadership Center

Associate Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine

Chief Academic Officer, National Center for Healthcare Leadership

office: (734) 936-1311; fax: (734) 764-4338


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Christy Harris Lemak's teaching and research focus on the management, leadership and strategies of health care organizations.  Her current research focuses on how payers and providers can work together to achieve better cost and quality performance, collaborative models for improving surgical outcomes, Medicaid and other programs for the uninsured, community-based collaborative and network organizations, and leadership development of clinicians and other health professionals.

Before coming to the University of Michigan, Professor Lemak was MHA Program Director & Associate Chair at the University of Florida Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy. She also previously worked in health care strategic planning and marketing.

Professor Lemak currently serves on the Board of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and is a past Chair of the Academy of Management Health Care Management Division. She is the Director of the Griffith Leadership Center and The National Center for Healthcare Leadership.

Courses Taught

HMP603: Organization and Management of Healthcare Systems
HMP620: Professional Development    Syllabus (PDF)
HMP646: Leadership Development    Syllabus (PDF)


Ph.D., Health Services Organization and Policy, University of Michigan, 1998
M.H.A., M.B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1988
B.A., Health Planning and Administration, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1986

Research Interests & Projects

Leadership development of health care professionals

Understanding environmental and organizational influences on surgical outcomes in Michigan

Evaluation of a physician group practice incentive program

High Performing organizations and systems

Collaboratives to serve vulnerable population

Selected Publications

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Hall, A.G., Landry, A.Y., Lemak,C.H., Duncan. R.P. (2012). Incentives for Healthy Behaviors: Experience from Florida Medicaid's Enhanced Benefit Rewards Program. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health.

Cohen, G. R., Erb, N. and Lemak, C.H. (2012). Physician Practive Responses to Financial Incentive Programs: Exploring the Concept of Implementation Mechanisms. Annual Review of Health Care Management: Strategy and Policy Perspectives on Reforming Health Systems. Advances in Health Care Management, 13, 29-58.

Griffith, J.R., Fear, K.M., Lammer, E., Zehng, K., Banaszak-Holl, J., Lemak, C.H. (2012). A Positive Deviance Analysis of Baldrige Award Recipients 2002-2008 Journal of Health Care Management

Dimick, J.B., Scheske, J., Lemak, C.H. (2012). Leadership Development in Surgery (Commentary). Archives of Surgery

Garman,A.N., & Lemak, C.H. (2012). Healthcare Reform: Implications for Leadership (chapter) New Leadership for Today's Healthcare Professionals: Concepts and Cases

Harman, J.S., Lemak, C.H., Al-Amin, M., Hall, A.G., & Duncan, R.P. (2011). Changes in per member per month expenditures after implementation of Florida's Medicaid Reform Demonstration. Health Services Research., 46 (3), 787-804.

Garman, A., Lemak, CH (May, 2011). Timeless Truths: NCHL to promote leadership development that works whatever the future holds Modern Healthcare, May 2, 2011, 25.

Landry, A.Y., Lemak, C.H., & Hall, A.E. (2011). Successful implementation in the public sector: Lessons learned from Florida's Medicaid Reform Program. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice., 17 (2), 154-163.

Garman, A., Lemak, C. (2011). The Evolving Leadership Development Agenda in Health-Care: A Commentary In Organization Development in Healthcare: Conversations on Research and Strategies, Advances in Health Care Management Vol. 10 Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Johnson, C.E., Lemak, C.H., & Hall, A.E. (2010). Outsourcing administrative functions: Service organization demonstrations and Florida Medicaid PCCM program costs. Journal of Health Care Finance.

Professional Affiliations

Association of University Programs in Health Administration
Academy of Management Health Care Management Division
American College of Healthcare Executives