Faculty Profile

Jeffrey T. Kullgren, MD, MS, MPH

Jeffrey T. Kullgren, MD, MS, MPH

Research Scientist, VA Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy

2800 Plymouth Road
North Campus Research Complex, Building 16, Room 330W
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Dr. Jeff Kullgren is a Research Scientist in the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research, an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan, and an Associate Director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging.  He practices both outpatient and inpatient general internal medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.  Dr. Kullgren holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Michigan State University and a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan.  He completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Kullgren’s research aims to develop innovative approaches to help patients and clinicians make decisions that will improve the value of health care.  In this work, he uses survey and qualitative methods to identify opportunities for interventions to improve decision-making, and targets these opportunities with novel interventions that translate behavioral science insights.

  • BS, Sociology, Michigan State University, 2000
  • MPH, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2002
  • MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 2006
  • MS, Health Policy Research, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 2011

Dr. Kullgren's research interests include understanding and improving how patients’ health insurance affects their health care decisions, consumer-directed health care and the effects of high-deductible health plans, translation of insights from behavioral economics and other behavioral sciences into scalable interventions to optimize health care decisions, and clinician and patient factors that drive overuse of health care.


Kullgren JT, Troxel AB, Loewenstein G, Asch DA, Norton LA, Wesby L, Tao Y, Zhu J, Volpp KG: Individual- Versus Group-Based Financial Incentives for Weight Loss: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Intern Med 158(7): 505-514, 2013. PM23546562  

Kullgren JT, Duey KA, Werner RM: A Census of State Health Care Price Transparency Websites. JAMA 309(23): 2437-2438, 2013. PM23780454 

Segel JE, Kullgren JT: Health Insurance Deductibles and Their Associations With Out-of-Pocket Spending and Affordability Barriers Among US Adults With Chronic Conditions. JAMA Intern Med 177(3): 433-436, 2017. PM28097304

Kullgren JT, Segel JE, Peterson TA, Fendrick AM, Singh S: Availability and Variation of Publicly Reported Prescription Drug Prices. Am J Manag Care 23(7): 444-448, 2017. PM28817781

Kullgren JT, Cliff EQ, Krenz C, West BT, Levy H, Fendrick AM, Fagerlin A: Consumer Behaviors Among Individuals Enrolled in High-Deductible Health Plans in the United States. JAMA Intern Med 178(3): 424-426, 2018. PM29181512/PMC5885914

Kullgren JT, Krupka E, Schachter A, Linden A, Miller J, Acharya Y, Alford J, Duffy R, Adler-Milstein J: Precommitting to choose wisely about low-value services: a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial. BMJ Qual Saf 27(5): 355-364, 2018. PM29066616

Kullgren JT, Cliff BQ, Krenz CD, Levy H, West B, Fendrick AM, So J, Fagerlin A: A Survey Of Americans With High-Deductible Health Plans Identifies Opportunities To Enhance Consumer Behaviors. Health Aff (Millwood) 38(3): 416-424, 2019. PM30830816

Kullgren JT, Malani P, Kirch M, Singer D, Clark S, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Kerr EA: Perceptions of Health Care Overuse Among Older U.S. Adults: Results of a National Survey. J Gen Intern Med 35(1): 365-367, 2020. PM31654353/PMC6957658

Goold SD, Tipirneni R, Chang T, Kirch MA, Bryant C, Rowe Z, Beathard E, Solway E, Lee S, Clark SJ, Skillicorn J, Ayanian JZ, Kullgren JT: Primary Care, Health Promotion, and Disease Prevention with Michigan Medicaid Expansion. J Gen Intern Med 35(3): 800-807, 2020. PM31792868/PMC7080942

Kullgren JT, Cliff EQ, Krenz C, West BT, Levy H, Fendrick M, Fagerlin A: Use of Health Savings Accounts Among US Adults Enrolled in High-Deductible Health Plans. JAMA Netw Open 3(7): e2011014, 2020. PM32678453/PMC7368175

  • AcademyHealth
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine