Michael T. Halpern, MD, PhD, MPH, is Medical Officer in the Healthcare Assessment Research Branch (HARB) of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. Prior to joining HARB, 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, and Strategic Director for Health Services Research of the American Cancer Society. He 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.
Dr. Halpern oversees the NCI Patterns of Care studies, examining patient-, provider-, and system-level factors associated with cancer therapy and diagnostics. His research interests include use of large data resources to evaluate treatment patterns, quality of care, access to care, disparities, patient outcomes, and costs and cost-effectiveness in cancer treatment, survivorship, and supportive/palliative care. Previous studies by Dr. Halpern include assessing the role of state-level policies on receipt of cancer screening and treatment among Medicaid beneficiaries; evaluating the health and economic impacts of enhanced HPV vaccination and colorectal cancer screening programs in community health centers; and examining factors influencing experience of care among cancer survivors using the SEER-CAHPS data resources.
Healthcare Assessment Research