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Michael Halpern

Senior Fellow, Health Services Research

Michael T. Halpern, MD, PhD, has more than 15 years of professional experience evaluating patterns of medical care, quality of care, clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness, access, and disparities. His research includes evaluations of medical treatment patterns, resource utilization, and outcomes using large health care databases; modeling studies of medical care costs and cost-effectiveness; assessments of patient symptoms, satisfaction, and quality of life; projections of shortages among physicians and other health care professionals; and examinations of factors influencing decision making by physicians and patients. Before joining RTI, Dr. Halpern was strategic director of health service research at the American Cancer Society. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, iserves on the Health Disparities Advisory Group of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and is the section editor of clinical trials for the journal Cancer.


MD, University of Michigan Medical School; PhD, Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan; MPH, Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan; BA, Physics and Psychology, Cornell University.

Latest Publications

Minnis, A.M., Catellier D, , Kent C, , Ethier KA, , Soler, R.E., Heirendt W, , Halpern, M.T., & Rogers, T. (2016). Differences in Chronic Disease Behavioral Indicators by Sexual Orientation and Sex. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 22 Suppl 1 :S25-S32.
Halpern, M.T., Viswanathan, M., Evans, T.S., Birken, S.A., Basch, E., & Mayer, D.K. (2015). Reply to E. Grunfeld. J Oncol Pract , 11 (4):347.
Chawla, N., Urato, M., Ambs, A., Schussler, N., Hays, R.D., Clauser, S.B., Zaslavsky, A.M., Walsh, K., Schwartz, M., Halpern, M., et al. (2015). Unveiling SEER-CAHPSA (R): A new data resource for quality of care research. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 30 (5):641-650.
Teixeira-Poit, S.M., Halpern, M.T., Kane, H.L., Frost, A.C., Keating, M., & Olmsted, M. (2015). Factors associated with interest in subspecialty training among neurology residents. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 27 (2):138-146.
Halpern, M.T., Viswanathan, M., Evans, T.S., Birken, S.A., Basch, E., & Mayer, D.K. (2015). Models of Cancer Survivorship Care: Overview and Summary of Current Evidence. J Oncol Pract , 11 (1):e19-e27.
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  • Health Care Quality
  • Medical Care Treatment Patterns and Outcomes
  • Access to Care and Health Disparities
  • Health Care Workforce, Training, and Shortages