Nathan Shippee, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Nathan Shippee

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-3579

Office Address:
D375 Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 729 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Sociology, Purdue University, 2008

MS, Sociology, Purdue University, 2005

BA, Sociology, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2003


My primary research focus is patient complexity in chronic disease management. This focus entails understanding how the intersection of social, medical, and mental/behavioral health factors have an impact on patient outcomes. In practice, my interest is studying how health care can better integrate services to meet patients' complex needs. This work is motivated and informed by my Cumulative Complexity Model, a framework for conceptualizing, measuring, and addressing patient complexity. 


Patient complexity; chronic disease management; mental health; disparities and barriers to care; diabetes; depression; quality of care; practice-based studies/real-world evaluation; publicly insured and low-income (Medicare and Medicaid) populations


Research Funding Grants

  • 2019-ongoing, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH, Advanced Heart Failure: Epidemiology and Outcomes, Co-Investigator
  • 2018-ongoing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Building Upstream Interventions to Keep Families Together in Hennepin County, MN, Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2018-ongoing, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Minnesota Learning Health System Mentored Career Development program (MN-LHS), Co-Investigator
  • 2018-2019, Minnesota Department of Health, Developing the evaluation plan for the Minnesota Health Care Homes, Principal Investigator
  • 2015-ongoing, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, "Research Data Assistance Center (RESDAC)," Co-Investigator


See all publications on Google Scholar

Select Publications

  • Shippee ND, Mattson AB, Brennan RM, Huxsahl JE, Billings ML, Williams MD. Effectiveness of collaborative care for depression among adolescents in practice: a retrospective cohort study. Psychiatric Services, Feb 2018
  • Shippee ND, Shippee TP, Mobley PD, Fernstrom KM, Britt HR. "Effect of a Whole-Person Model of Care on Patient Experience in Patients With Complex Chronic Illness in Late Life," American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Jan 2018
  • Shippee ND, Domecq Garces JP, Prutsky Lopez GJ, Wang Z, Elraiyah TA, Nabhan M, et al. "Patient and service user engagement in research: a systematic review and synthesized framework," Health Expectations. 2015;18(5):1151-66.
  • Shippee ND, Shah ND, May CR, Mair FS, Montori VM. "Cumulative complexity: a functional, patient-centered model of patient complexity can improve research and practice," Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2012;65(10):1041-51.



  • PubH 6864, Conducting Health Outcomes Research
  • PubH 8810, Research Studies in Health Care

Community Engagement

I am faculty with the Research Data Assistance Center (RESDAC), which helps researchers and others use Medicare and Medicaid-related data to answer research and policy questions. I have also Directed the annual Minnesota Health Services Research Conference for three years. In my research, I have partnered with many health systems locally and elsewhere, engaged with several organizational and individual stakeholders, and worked with multiple community groups and outreach systems serving English-, Spanish-, and Somali-speaking groups. I have published, with co-authors, a highly-cited framework for patient and service user engagement.


In The News

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In the Media

  • Opioids Are In the Spotlight. But Meth Hospitalizations Are Surging (Time)
  • Amphetamine-Related Hospitalizations Surged Between 2003 and 2015 (Medical Xpress)
  • Very low-income Medicaid enrollees with complex needs require integrated health and social services (AJMC Managed Markets Network)
  • Efforts to transform healthcare led to better asthma outcomes (Medical Xpress)
  • Hennepin Health's outreach efforts improve health while saving money. Star Tribune
  • How Hennepin Health Created a Different Way to Care for People. AJMC
  • Transportation, day-care problems can lead insured poor to ER for routine care. MinnPost
  • Health beat: Insurance alone might not cut ER trips. Star Tribune