Program Leads

Our dedicated leadership team

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 Jim Dupree, MD, MPH

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

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.

 

 Mark Bradshaw, MSc, BA (Hons)

Mark Bradshaw, MSc, BA (Hons)

Senior Program Manager


Mark Bradshaw is MVC’s Senior Program Manager. Prior to joining MVC, Mark spent the last four years working as a Consultant for SQW – one of the UK’s leading economic development consultancies. This followed the completion of an M.Sc. in Money, Banking and Finance from the University of St Andrews, and a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Strathclyde.

An economist by training, Mark has contributed to and managed a wide range of economic development projects in different policy areas, including health and social care, innovation, spatial development and education. Mark uses this experience to provide analytical and strategic leadership to the MVC team and works closely with hospitals and physician organizations to identify key priority areas for future operation. He is also responsible for managing partnerships with other BCBSM Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQIs), preparing MVC strategic documents, and working directly with BCBSM to ensure smooth delivery of the Collaborative’s objectives.

 


 Edward Norton, PhD

Edward Norton, PhD

MVC Economist


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

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).

 

 Hari Nathan, MD, PhD

Hari Nathan, MD, PhD

Director of Chronic Disease Management Initiative


Dr. Hari Nathan is an Assistant 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. He subsequently completed a clinical fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he also served as the Chief Administrative Fellow in Surgery. 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 awarded a KO8 career development award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the impact of accountable care organizations (ACOs) on the costs and quality of surgical care. Currently, much of his work focuses on surgical costs and quality within hospital systems. 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.

 

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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.

 

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 John Syrjamaki, MPH

John Syrjamaki, MPH

Manager of Data Analytics


John Syrjamaki is the Manager of Data Analytics 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.

 

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 Michelle Hou, MS

Michelle Hou, MS

Senior Statistician


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.

 

 Chelsea Abshire, MPH

Chelsea Abshire, MPH

MVC/OBI Data Analyst


Chelsea serves as the data analyst for the Obstetrics Initiative as well as the Michigan Value Collaborative. Chelsea has more than four years of experience researching Maternal and Child Health based health outcomes both as a graduate student the University of Michigan Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health and as an Epidemiologist at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Chelsea has a Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 

 

 Jessica Yaser, MPH

Jessica Yaser, MPH

Statistician


Jessica Yaser serves as a statistician for the Michigan Value Collaborative, analyzing claims data from different sources to inform quality improvement efforts. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Purdue University, as well as a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Jessica’s graduate research focused on built environment measures and hypertension, using data from the Multi-Ethnic Study on Atherosclerosis (MESA). During her academic studies, she completed an internship at EpidStat Institute, an epidemiology research and consulting firm, gaining skills in manuscript preparation, data analysis, and scientific appraisal.

 


 Deby Evans, MBA, BSN, RN

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.

 

 Monica Yost, MPH

Monica Yost, MPH

Research Associate


Monica Yost is the MVC Research Associate and works with hospitals to understand and utilize MVC data. Monica received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southern Oregon University and Master of Public Health in epidemiology with a focus in global health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Monica’s graduate research focused on infectious diseases and how they relate to chronic conditions. In performing this research Monica worked with patients and providers in hospitals both in Michigan and Ghana. Through this research and her education in epidemiology, Monica gained experience working with medical records and various data analysis techniques. Monica uses this experience to help communicate MVC data to hospitals in the collaborative.

 

 Emma Watters

Emma Watters

Engagement Associate


Emma Watters is the MVC Engagement Associate. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of Michigan-Dearborn where she worked as a Research Assistant studying population health factors. Prior to joining MVC, Emma was a nonprofit director leading initiatives surrounding chronic disease management. She also worked for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan coordinating health education programs. Emma uses her experience in research, engagement and leadership to foster collaboration between Michigan hospitals and help promote quality improvement efforts.