Meet our Staff

A. Mark Fendrick
A. Mark FendrickDirector
A. Mark Fendrick, M.D. is the Center’s Director and Professor at the University of Michigan in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy. Read more
Richard Hirth
Richard HirthResearch Director
Dr. Richard Hirth is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. Read more
Susan Lynne OesterleBusiness Manager
Susan Lynne Oesterle manages and coordinates all aspects of the V-BID Center’s activities.

Meet our Students

Ruchi Aggarwal
Ruchi Aggarwal
Ruchi Aggarwal is a Master of Health Services Administration student at the University of Michigan and has been a graduate student participant with the Center since October 2015.  She is particularly interested in HSA-High Deductible Health Plans and Specialty Pharmaceuticals.  Ruchi holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Management from Saint Louis University.
Christian Balcer
Christian Balcer
Christian Balcer is currently a Master in Health Services Administration student at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.  He graduated from from Calvin College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Operations and previously worked for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI, doing process improvement and lean implementation work.
Michael Budros
Michael Budros
Michael Budros is a current Master of Public Health student in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  His interests are in global health policy and delivery, insurance benefit design, and translating research into policy innovation.
Betsy Q. Cliff
Betsy Q. Cliff
Betsy Querna Cliff is a doctoral student in the department of Health Management and Policy at UM’s School of Public Health.  Her research interests include insurance benefit design, consumer engagement in health care costs and the effect of demand-side interventions to manage health care costs.  She has recently been involved in several V-BID initiatives, including updating the regulations around high-deductible health plans and evaluating a state employee V-BID intervention. Betsy graduated from Dartmouth College and the Columbia University School of Journalism.
Molly Gordon
Molly Gordon
Molly is a current Master of Health Services Administration student in the Health Management and Policy Department at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  She holds a BA in Global Health from the University of Michigan.  Her interests include improving health care through innovative care delivery and financing models and promoting high value care.
Alex Kelsall
Alex Kelsall
 Alex Kelsall is a medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University, he worked for a consulting firm specializing in Medicare and Medicaid policy analysis and later performed research at Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. Alex’s interests include the development and implementation of novel technologies, care delivery methods, and payment models that significantly increase the societal value of US health care.
Pat Oungpasuk
Pat Oungpasuk
Pat Oungpasuk is currently a first year graduate pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.  After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 2013, she worked at the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand helping to translate research into effective infectious disease policy for the Southeast Asia region.  Her interest areas include knowledge translation, effectively implementing programs, monitoring and evaluation, and multi-disciplinary collaboration in public health.
Madeleine Peters
Madeleine Peters
Madeleine Peters is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan.  She is pursuing a B.A. degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience.  Her interests include health policy, disparities, and health education.


Advisory Board

Kirsten Axelsen


John Ayanian

Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation

Jill Berger


Andy Chasin

Blue Shield of California

Michael Chernew

Harvard University

Sara Collins

The Commonwealth Fund

Paul Fronstin

Employee Benefit Research Institute

Thaddeus Gormas

Michigan Senate

David Hom

Scio Health Analytics

Kimberly Jinnett

Integrated Benefits Institute

Christine Juday


Tim McDonald

Aon Hewitt

David Mirkin

Milliman, Inc.

Patricia Mueller


Marci Nielsen

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

Lonnie Reisman


Jeff Rideout


James Robinson

Univ. of California, Berkeley

Patricia R. Salber


Lewis G. Sandy


William Shrank


 Jason Spangler


Kathryn Spangler

American Benefits Council

Mark Stejbach


Brian Sweet


Andrew Webber


Daniel Wolfson

ABIM Foundation