Michael Trisolini, PhD, MBA

Visiting Associate Teaching Professor

Department of Health Sciences, Faculty

Office: 316B RB

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 617-373-6559

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PhD, Social Policy, Brandeis University, 2001
MBA, Harvard University, 1983
BA, Oberlin College, 1979

Research Interests

Health policy; quality improvement in healthcare; healthcare provider payment systems, healthcare management


Michael Trisolini, PhD, MBA has 39 years of experience in domestic and global health policy, healthcare quality measurement and quality improvement, healthcare payment and financing, accountable care organizations, healthcare program implementation and evaluation, healthcare management, and health planning. Taught healthcare management and finance for 13 years at the MPH level for both domestic and international students. Project experience in 21 different countries with funding from U.S. government agencies, foundations, and international development agencies. Led and participated in studies using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Conducted multivariate statistical analysis of data from health insurance claims, patient surveys, and medical records. Led and participated in interviews, focus groups, and case studies on success factors and barriers for healthcare quality improvement, public reporting of quality, health information systems, electronic health records implementation, primary care programs, family planning, chronic disease prevention and treatment programs, and late life care programs. Led and participated in multidisciplinary teams designing, implementing, and evaluating nationwide Medicare demonstration projects.

Selected Honors and Awards

President’s Award, RTI International, 2016
President’s Award, RTI International, 2005
Excellence in Teaching Award, Boston University School of Public Health, 1998
Excellence in Teaching Award, Boston University School of Public Health, 1993

Selected Publications

Jin Y., Song S., Zhang L., Trisolini M., LaBresh K., Smith S. and Z. Zheng. (2020). Disparities in premature cardiac death among US counties from 1999-2017: temporal trends and key drivers. Journal of the American Heart Association 9(15): 1-12.

Liu F., Zhang L., Ge M., Xing J., You B., Zhang X., Shi O., Bobrow B., LaBresh K., Trisolini M. and Z. Zheng. (2016). Public health interventions to improve access and quality of care for patients with acute cardiac events: overview of the HeartRescue China program. Cardiology Plus 1(2): 30-37.

Pope G., Kautter J., Leung M., Trisolini M., Adamache W. and K. Smith. (2014). Financial and quality impacts of the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration. Medicare & Medicaid Research Review 4(3): E1-E22.

Trisolini M., Cromwell J. & G. Pope. (2011). Conclusions: planning for second-generation pay for performance. Chapter 12 (pp. 331-370) in Cromwell J., Trisolini M., Pope G., Mitchell J. And L. Greenwald, eds. Pay for Performance in Health Care: Methods and Approaches. Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: RTI Press.

Trisolini M., Smith K., McCall N., Pope G. and M. Klosterman. (2005). Evaluating the performance of Medicare fee-for-service providers using the health outcomes survey: A comparison of two methods. Medical Care 43(7): 699–704.