Michael T. Halpern, MD, PhD, MPH, is Medical Officer in the Healthcare Assessment Research Branch of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. Dr. Halpern’s expertise is in health services research, focused on access to care, quality of care, disparities, treatment patterns, health economics, and patient outcomes. At NCI, Dr. Halpern’s responsibilities include coordinating the Patterns of Care study to examine patient-, provider-, and system-level factors associated with cancer care. He also coordinates the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Experience with Cancer Supplement working group.
Studies by Dr. Halpern include evaluating health and economic impacts of hepatitis C screening programs in community health centers; assessing patient-level factors associated with receipt and completion of adjuvant cancer therapy; examining the role of experience of care and financial hardship among cancer survivors; and exploring how workforce, leadership, and other structural issues influence cancer care.
Dr. Halpern received his MD and PhD through the University of Michigan’s Medical Scientist Training Program; he also received an MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. Prior to join NCI, Dr. Halpern served as a Collaborating Member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Principal Scientist at RTI International, Strategic Director for Health Services Research of the American Cancer Society.
Healthcare Assessment Research