Renuka (Renu) Tipirneni, M.D., M.Sc.

Co-Director, MSHIELD

Dr. Tipirneni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Divisions of General Medicine and Hospital Medicine, and at the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) at the University of Michigan. Her clinical practice includes primary care and hospital medicine for adult patients at Michigan Medicine and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Dr. Tipirneni completed undergraduate studies at Cornell University, medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and health services research training in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Tipirneni’s research and quality improvement activities focus on investigating the impact of health reform policies and programs on low socioeconomic status, minority, aging and other vulnerable populations, and on delivery of care in the health care safety net. Her current work includes examinations of Medicaid policy, Medicare and other health reform policy for older adults, and integration of social determinants of health into clinical practice. Dr. Tipirneni has partnered with federally qualified health centers to understand social health needs screening and linkage, including implementation of best practices for social health needs screening. She has also evaluated the Affordable Care Act, Michigan’s Medicaid expansion, and other state and federal policies. Dr. Tipirneni is passionate about the translation of research into implementation of health policies and health care delivery, including sharing lessons learned across communities and states.