Jim Dupree, MD, MPH
Director of MVC
Jim Dupree is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology, Divisions of Health Services Research and Andrology, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dupree earned his medical and public health degrees and completed his urology residency at Northwestern University. He followed this with an advanced fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Clinically, Dr. Dupree specializes in the advanced treatment of male infertility, sexual health, and hypogoandism.
Dr. Dupree has a broad, deep background in health policy and studying the local impact of federal health policy. He served as the American College of Surgeon’s first Health Policy Fellow and has published on accountable care organizations, and value-based purchasing in surgical care. Previously, he worked at the Advisory Board Company, a healthcare-consulting firm in Washington, DC. Jim also serves as an advisor to the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee.
Scott Regenbogen, MD, MPH
Co-Director of MVC
Scott Regenbogen is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Colorectal Surgery. He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in psychology, and he received his M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Regenbogen completed his General Surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, including three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Services Research, and he was awarded a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He then completed fellowship training in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Clinic, and joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2011.
Dr. Regenbogen’s clinical practice includes the evaluation and management of benign and neoplastic diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum, and anus. He has a particular interest in the use of laparoscopic techniques for the management of colorectal cancer, diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Regenbogen is also a health services researcher, with expertise in performance evaluation, and surgical safety and quality improvement. His current research focuses on the cost, quality, and outcomes of major inpatient surgery in older adults.
Lena Chen, MD, MS
Lena M. Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Chen completed her internal medicine residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a practicing hospitalist at the University of Michigan and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Chen conducts health services and health policy research, primarily using claims and registry data. Her research training includes a Master’s degree (MS) in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. She also completed a General Internal Medicine and Primary Care Fellowship at Harvard. With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Dr. Chen’s longitudinal research agenda focuses on improving the efficiency of hospital-based care.
David C. Miller, MD, MPH
MVC Associate, Strategy
David Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Michigan. After graduating from Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Miller completed his general surgery internship and urology residency training at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He then undertook fellowship training in urological oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His clinical practice focuses on the diagnosis and management of patients with prostate and kidney cancer. He also serves as Director of the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MUSIC). Funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, MUSIC is a consortium of nearly 30 urology practices aiming to improve the quality and cost-efficiency of prostate cancer care in the state of Michigan.
Dr. Miller has a broad background in health services research, including substantial experience using claims data and formal training in the advanced statistical methods used in observational data analyses. Dr. Miller’s research training includes both a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology, and completion of health services research fellowships at the University of Michigan and University of California, Los Angeles/RAND Corporation. With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Miller’s longitudinal research agenda focuses on comparative effectiveness research, physician-led collaborative quality improvement, and on understanding the relationship between physician organizations, integrated delivery systems, and the quality and cost of specialty care.
Edward Norton, PhD
Edward C. Norton, Ph.D., joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2008 as Professor in both the SPH Department of Health Management and Policy and in the Department of Economics. He is the Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan, and a Research Affiliate of the Population Studies Center. In addition to his affiliations with the University of Michigan, Professor Norton is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Health Economics Program. Before coming to Michigan, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Harvard Medical School. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T. His research interests in health economics include long-term care and aging, obesity, and applied econometrics. In 2003, U.N.C. at Chapel Hill awarded him the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.
Mike Thompson, PhD, MPH
Director of Analytics
Mike Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiac Surgery, Section of Health Services Research and Quality, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Thompson received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2011, and a Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology from Michigan State University in 2015. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services and policy research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2017.
Dr. Thompson is interested in how health care quality, outcomes, and costs are impacted by clinical practice, hospital administration, and health policy, with a special emphasis on patients undergoing surgical therapy for cardiovascular disease. His work has been published in several high impact journals, including Health Affairs, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, Health Services Research, and Critical Care Medicine. He has received Young Investigator Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for his research, and was recently awarded the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Outstanding Article of the Year (2016).
Kristyn Vermeesch, MPP
Senior Project Manager
Kristyn Vermeesch is a Senior Project Manager in the Department of Urology at the University of Michigan. Previously, Kristyn worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan analyzing and developing provider payment policies. In addition to broad payer knowledge, Kristyn has a deep background in health policy. After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Social Science, Kristyn worked in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions as a Professional Staff Member focusing on health policy and investigations. She subsequently managed the labor, health, and education appropriations portfolio for Congressman Jack Kingston of Georgia. During this time, she completed a master’s degree in Public Policy at George Mason University.
Phyllis Wright-Slaughter, MHA
Senior Data Architect
John Syrjamaki, MPH
Associate Project Manager/Senior Analyst
John Syrjamaki is a Senior Clinical Information Analyst in the Department of Urology at the University of Michigan. After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology, Mr. Syrjamaki earned a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences and Toxicology from the University of Michigan. He subsequently was employed as an analyst at the Michigan Public Health Institute where he worked on multiple CMS grant-funded projects and gained experience in database design and data analysis, including work with both Medicare and Medicaid claims data. His responsibilities with MVC include data management and analysis, managing partnerships with other BCBSM Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQIs), interacting with hospital leaders, participating in the preparation of manuscripts, and directly working with BCBSM and ArborMetrix concerning data needs and improvements.
Michelle Hou, MS
Michelle Hou brings statistical analysis, data management, and result presentation skills to research projects at the Michigan Value Collaborative. Her prior research experience involves various dataset, including Medicare, MarketScan, Health and Retirement Study (HRS), Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS), and Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). Michelle also brings extensive experience in managing analysis dataset and statistical modeling using SAS, STATA and VBA programming. Michelle graduated from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in statistics. Her prior work experience includes a full time internship at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City working on Human Resource data management and analysis, Research Lab Specialist with the Department of Internal Medicine and Statistician with the Department of Surgery at the UMHS.
Deby Evans, MBA, BSN, RN
Site Engagement Manager
Deby’s background is as a nurse trained in the United Kingdom through one of the large health systems in Birmingham and brings clinical and managerial experience to the Michigan Value Collaborative. After graduation, she worked for a few years on a 40 bedded medical unit specializing in diabetes and endocrinology disorders. From there, Deby moved to a smaller hospital to study midwifery. After graduating as a midwife, Deby moved to the South coast of England and worked for about two years rotating through ante-, intra and post-partum care units.
After moving to the United States, Deby did a return to nursing program and worked on an oncology/orthopedic medicine unit, and then became a clinical nurse supervisor on an internal medicine/telemetry unit. In 2013, Deby earned her BSN through Colorado Technical University, followed by an MBA also through Colorado Technical University. Through Deby’s nursing years she has been a member of The Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, The American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Organization of Nurse Executives and has been certified as a medical surgical RN and a Nurse manager and leader. Deby uses her clinical and managerial experience to help lead hospital engagement initiatives as Site Engagement Manager and is an integral part of hospital collaboration.
Abeer Yassine, MM
Site Engagement Associate
Abeer is the MVC Site Engagement Associate and works alongside with Deby Evans and Hospital Engagement team in hospital collaboration. Abeer received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Policy Studies with a concentration in Public Health Studies from the University of Michigan- Dearborn and Master of Management degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Prior to MVC, Abeer interned at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and worked with various stakeholders and organizations to engage different community health organizations in the statewide Admission, Discharge, and Transfer (ADT) Message project.Within Hospital Engagement, Abeer will be working with hospitals in recognizing and addressing their needs and concerns and subsequently working on tailored initiatives that support the overarching goal of improving quality of care.
Sudipta is a Data Analyst providing analytic support to the Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC) and the Obstetrics Initiative (OBI) teams. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and has worked on several contracts funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Through her experience, she has gained familiarity with the use of Medicare Claims and Consolidated Renal Operations in a Web-enabled Network (CROWNWeb) data sources for Quality Measures Development and Reporting projects. She also managed operations for the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) data coordinating center, where she engaged with external stakeholders to fulfill Data Use Agreements and resolve technical and analytical inquiries.