Sayeh Nikpay, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Sayeh Nikpay

Contact Info

Office Address:
D382 Mayo Memorial Building (temporary)

PhD, Health Services Organization and Policy, Health Economics Concentration, University of Michigan

MPH, University of Michigan

BA, Cum Laude, Department of Biology, Macalester College


My research focuses on health policy issues related to the health care safety-net such as the impact of Medicaid expansions on low-income populations and the hospitals that serve them, and the targeting of hospital safety-net subsidies such as the Disproportionate Share Hospital and 340B drug discount programs. The aim of my research is to use the best econometric techniques available to inform ongoing debates over expansion or reform of the health care safety-net. I enjoy working with policymakers at both the state and federal levels.


Health care policy, health and labor economics, economic demography, 340B drug pricing program, safety-net providers

Awards & Recognition

  • John M. Eisenberg Health Services Research Paper of the Year Award, Health Services Research Journal, 2021
  • Business Insider DC Power Player List (2019)
  • Academy Health New Investigator Award (2016-2017)
  • University of Michigan Rackham Merit Fellowship (2009-2014) 
  • University of Michigan Population Studies Center Traineeship (2010-2014) 
  • University of Michigan Rackham Graduate Student Research Award (2013) 
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality T-32 Traineeship (2011-2012)
  • University of Michigan Population Studies Center Grant (2010)


Research Funding Grants

  • 2022-2024, Arnold Ventures, Generating Evidence on 340B for Future Policy Debates, principal investigator
  • 2021-2026, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Disruptions in ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Transfer Networks and Cardiovascular Health of Rural Americans, principal investigator
  • 2018-2022, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality R01, “Implications of Provider Network Design for Access, Affordability, and Competition in Health Insurance,” Investigator
  • 2019-2021, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute R21, “The Role of Insurance in Interfacility Transfers for Patients with STEMI,” Investigator
  • 2019-2020, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute K12 Award, “Medicaid Expansion and Acute Cardiovascular Care,” Project-Specific Principal Investigator
  • 2018-2020, National Cancer Institute/National Institute on Aging Supplement, Project, “The Incidence of ADRD in the Southern Community Cohort Study," Investigator
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Altarum), 2018-2019 Project, “Reform of Hospital Safety-Net Subsidies to Enhance Care to Uninsured and Low-Income Populations,” Principal Investigator


Selected Publications

See more on my PubMed page

  • Virnig BA, Nikpay S. “How Will Patients With Cancer Fare During COVID-19? Many Unanswered Questions.” JAMA Oncology. 2020. DOI: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.6085.
  • Graves JA, Nshuti L, Everson J, Richards M, Buntin M, Nikpay S, Zhou Z, Polsky D. “Breadth and Exclusivity of Hospital and Physician Networks in US Insurance Markets.” JAMA Network Open. 2020; 3(12).
  • Barnes H, Richards MR, Martsolf GR, Nikpay S, McHugh MD. “Association between physician practice Medicaid acceptance and employing nurse practitioners and physician assistants: A longitudinal analysis.” Health Care Management Review. 2020. DOI: 10.1097/hmr.0000000000000291.
  • Haddad DN, Resnick MJ, Grogan EL, Nikpay S. “Does Surgeon-Hospital Consolidation Affect Surgical Volume and Prices?” Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2020; 231(4). DOI:
  • Haddad DN, Resnick MJ, Grogan EL, Nikpay S. “Health System Predictors of Post-Acute Care Use after Major Operation.” Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2020; 231(14). DOI:


Teaching Areas

  • Statistics
  • Health Care Delivery, Economics, and Policy


  • Introduction to Statistics for Healthcare Management (Executive MHA), Fall 2020
  • Introduction to Statistics for Healthcare Management (Residential MHA), Fall 2020
  • Introduction to US Health Care Policy (BA), Fall 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Health Policy (BA), Spring 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Foundations of Healthcare Delivery: Health Economics and Policy (MD), Spring 2019, 2020
  • Introduction to US Health Care Policy, Guest Lecture (MPH), Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Health Economics, Guest Lecture (MPH), Spring 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Community Engagement

  • Journal Reviewer: Demography, Health Affairs, Industrial Relations, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, American Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Hospital Medicine, Journal of Public Economics, New England Journal of Medicine, Medical Care, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of General Internal Medicine
  • Contributing Research Editor, Tradeoffs Podcast
  • Master of Public Health Admissions Committee: University of Minnesota, Vanderbilt University
  • Grant Reviewer: Russell Sage Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Abstract Reviewer: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, American Society of Health Economists Annual Research Meeting
  • Founding Seminar Organizer: Electronic Health Economics Colloquium
  • Publication Review Committee: Southern Community Cohort Study


In The News

High Deductibles Squeeze Rural Providers’ Margins (Modern Healthcare

340B Health Urges Trump Administration to Eliminate Planned Medicare Cuts to 340B Hospitals (Pharmacy Practice News) October 6, 2020. Available at:

The Business Of Hospitals: Why So Many Healthcare Workers Are Being Laid Off (WBUR On Point)

Tennessee-Based ER Staffing Giant Pledges To Stop Suing Patients (WPLN Nashville Public Radio)

Free or discounted care is available at some hospitals. But they don’t make it easy (The Washington Post)

Inside the battle over balanced billing (Nashville Post)

The Fight to Save Independent Health Care in the Age of Medical Monopolies (The New Republic)

A Little-Known Windfall for Some Hospitals, Now Facing Big Cuts (The New York Times)