Dr. Ayanian is the inaugural Director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan, which includes over 600 members from 15 schools and colleges at the University. The mission of the Institute is to improve the quality, safety, affordability and equity of health care through interdisciplinary collaborative research and partnerships with key public and private stakeholders. 

Dr. Ayanian joined the University of Michigan in 2013 as the Alice Hamilton Professor of Medicine at the Medical School, Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health, and Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He was previously a Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and primary care physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for over 20 years. He also served as founding Director of the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program and as Director of the Harvard Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care.

As a health services researcher focused on access to care, quality of care, and health equity, Dr. Ayanian has led widely cited studies of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health care and the health effects of lacking and gaining insurance coverage. He has published over 300 articles and chapters related to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. He has served as the Principal Investigator of grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Commonwealth Fund. Since 2014 he has led a multi-disciplinary team of 15 faculty researchers funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to conduct the CMS-authorized evaluation of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion, known as the Healthy Michigan Plan.

At the University of Michigan and Harvard, Dr. Ayanian has mentored over 60 students, trainees, and early-career faculty members, including two recipients of the Alice Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth and six Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellows in Health Policy. He served from 2014 to 2016 as Associate Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and previously served as Deputy Editor of Medical Care and an editorial board member of Circulation, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. He has received the Alice Hersh New Investigator Award and the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth and the John Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research from the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. 

Dr. Ayanian received his AB degree from Duke University, MD degree from Harvard Medical School, and Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He completed his primary care internal medicine residency and fellowship training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his AHRQ-sponsored health services research fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health.