The MVC Team

Our dedicated coordinating center

 Hari Nathan, MD, PhD

Hari Nathan, MD, PhD

Director of MVC


Dr. Hari Nathan is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Nathan completed both his undergraduate and medical education with honors at The Johns Hopkins University. He also completed advanced training in health services research and was awarded a PhD from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Nathan completed his clinical residency training in general surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and a clinical fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2014. Dr. Nathan’s clinical focus includes the multi-disciplinary treatment of tumors of the liver, bile duct, pancreas, and stomach. He has particular interests in the treatment of liver metastases from colorectal cancer as well as primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma).

Dr. Nathan’s health services research portfolio focuses on variation in the cost and quality of surgical care. Specifically, he studies the impact of innovative payment models in the Medicare program on surgical care. He has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Institute on Aging to the impact of innovative payment models on the costs and quality of surgical care. Currently, much of his work focuses on strategies that hospital systems could use to improve the value of healthcare. Dr. Nathan was awarded the 2018 Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award by the American College of Surgeons in recognition of his past work and anticipated future contributions. Dr. Nathan became the Director of MVC in 2019.


 Mike Thompson, PhD, MPH

Mike Thompson, PhD, MPH

Co-Director of MVC


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 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).

 Erin Conklin, MPA

Erin Conklin, MPA

Program Manager


Erin Conklin is responsible for the management, performance, and daily operations of the MVC Coordinating Center. Erin received a Bachelor of Arts in political science as well as a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit administration from the University of Michigan-Flint. Erin’s background includes managing quality and operational improvement initiatives that aimed to improve health outcomes through patient-centered, value-based care. This work included the expansion of innovative care delivery models for prenatal care and opioid use disorder across Michigan.

 Chelsea Abshire Pizzo, MPH

Chelsea Abshire Pizzo, MPH

Manager of Data Analytics


Chelsea Abshire is the Manager of Data Analytics with MVC. Chelsea received a Bachelor of Arts in microbiology from Miami University (Ohio) and Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Prior to her position with MVC, Chelsea worked at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as a Birth Defects and Family Planning Epidemiologist. In her current role, Chelsea is responsible for the strategic direction of all MVC analytic services, data operations, methodologic improvements, and performance reporting.

 Kristen Palframan Hassett, MPH

Kristen Palframan Hassett, MPH

Senior Analyst


Kristen Palframan Hassett is a Senior Data Analyst with MVC. Kristen received a Bachelor of Science in animal behavior from Bucknell University, and a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Prior to her position with MVC, she worked for three years as an epidemiologist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. She utilized electronic medical record data from the Veterans Health Administration as well as mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Death Index to support suicide prevention among U.S. Veterans. Kristen’s skills in healthcare data analysis help support MVC’s mission and members.

 Brad Raine, MS

Brad Raine, MS

Analyst


Brad Raine is a Data Analyst with the Michigan Value Collaborative. Brad received a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Science in applied statistics and analytics from Central Michigan University. His graduate internship focused on visualizing COVID-19 data in the state of Michigan using Tableau software. In this project, Brad studied temporal and geographic trends for cases and deaths within the state of Michigan using data from the New York Times. Brad also has an interest in predictive modeling and machine learning and applying these methods to the health industry. He uses these skills and techniques to help support MVC members.

 Usha Nuliyalu, MPH

Usha Nuliyalu, MPH

Statistician Lead


Usha Nuliyalu is a Statistician Lead with MVC. Usha earned a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2009. Since then she has analyzed data for various research projects at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, the Michigan Medicine Addiction Research Center, and the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, where she still holds a 50% appointment to analyze healthcare claims data for health policy research. She is passionate about improving healthcare quality and reducing disparity.

 Chelsea Andrews, MPH

Chelsea Andrews, MPH

Site Engagement Coordinator


Chelsea Andrews is an MVC Site Engagement Coordinator, working to foster collaboration among members and other stakeholders and drive outreach efforts that facilitate statewide cross-institutional learning. Chelsea holds a Master of Public Health in health systems, management, and policy from the University of Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in human biology with a specialization in bioethics, humanities, and society as well as a Spanish minor from Michigan State University.

Prior to joining MVC, Chelsea was a Program Coordinator at the University of Michigan School of Nursing for the Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care. She has also worked as part of the administrative team for Colorado Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, and has worked as a nurse assistant in various specialties. Chelsea is passionate about comprehensive patient-centric operational procedures, community engagement, and reducing healthcare disparities.

 Kristy Degener, MPH

Kristy Degener, MPH

Site Engagement Coordinator


Kristy Degener serves as a Site Engagement Coordinator with MVC. She received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo where she majored in biology and minored in Spanish. She then went to the State University of New York at Albany where she completed her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in social behavior and community health.

While pursuing her MPH, she worked as a Graduate Student Assistant at the New York State Department of Health within the Division of Family Health and the Office of Quality and Patient Safety, where she provided programmatic assistance to the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative and worked on an evidence-based intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in the New York State Medicaid managed care population. In her most recent role, she served as a Community Support Specialist Team Supervisor with New York State’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Team. As Site Engagement Coordinator, Kristy will work to develop and strengthen relationships with MVC members and foster cross-institutional collaborative learning.

 Jana Stewart, MPH, MS

Jana Stewart, MPH, MS

Communications Specialist


Jana brings over 10 years of experience in the communications field. She began her career in journalism and has provided communications support to academic research labs, administrative offices, education organizations, and state government. Jana studied at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology, a Master of Science in environmental behavior and communications, and a Master of Public Health in health behavior and health education with a focus on health communications. Following the completion of her MPH, she spent five years working for primary prevention programs in Michigan, first with a hospital-based farm in the Trinity Health network, and then with Michigan Medicine’s Project Healthy Schools program. Jana helps to share MVC’s story and promote its diverse portfolio of activity.


 Carla Novak

Carla Novak

Administrative Assistant


Carla serves as the Administrative Assistant for MVC. Carla has held a variety of clerical appointments within Michigan Medicine, and has a wealth of experience supporting hospital units and departments. Carla helps to ensure that the day-to-day activities of the MVC Coordinating Center are successful and that MVC members are responded to promptly and professionally.

 Kathryn Ashbaugh, BSW

Kathryn Ashbaugh, BSW

Research and Data Access Coordinator


After receiving her bachelor’s degree in social work from Michigan State University, Kathryn began working for the Michigan House of Representatives as a legislative aide. During this time she was responsible for assisting constituents in liaising with state offices, performing policy research, and gathering stakeholder input on legislation. In joining the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), and in her role with MVC, she is responsible for completing data use agreements and maintaining an inventory of data available to researchers. This includes cataloging content, structure, and limitations of data.

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 Phyllis Wright-Slaughter, MHA

Phyllis Wright-Slaughter, MHA

Senior Data Architect


Ms. Wright-Slaughter holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Hospital Administration degree from the University of Michigan. Ms. Wright-Slaughter worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, Value Health, the Minnesota Department of Health, and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire before joining the Institute for Healthcare and Policy Innovation (IHPI). At the University of Michigan, Ms. Wright-Slaughter is the Senior Data Architect and is responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of data through development and submission of data use agreements and terms of use agreements. She manages the large national administrative databases, including the Medicare data, AHA, SEER/SEER-linked Medicare, claims files from BCBSM and commercial insurers, and socioeconomic data required for research related to health care disparities and cost variation. She is also responsible for the security of the data housed at the center.

 Edward Norton, PhD

Edward Norton, PhD

MVC Economist


Edward C. Norton is a Professor in both the Department of Health Management and Policy and in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan. In addition to his affiliations with the University of Michigan, Prof. Norton is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.  His research interests in health economics include long-term care and aging, pay-for-performance, obesity, and econometrics. He was the Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan. In 2003, Before coming to Michigan, he taught at UNC at Chapel Hill and at Harvard Medical School. In 2018 he won the School of Public Health Excellence in Research Award at the University of Michigan.

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 Jim Dupree, MD, MPH

Jim Dupree, MD, MPH

Senior Advisor


Jim Dupree is an Associate 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 served as an advisor to the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee. He serves as Senior Advisor for MVC.


 Scott Regenbogen, MD, MPH

Scott Regenbogen, MD, MPH

Senior Advisor


Scott Regenbogen, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery, University of Michigan, and Associate Chief Clinical Officer for Surgical Specialties, University of Michigan Medical Group. His clinical practice is focused on the management of complex colon and rectal disorders, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery for colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. He is a health services researcher with expertise in performance evaluation, costs of care, surgical safety, and process improvement. He serves as Senior Advisor for MVC.

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