Dr. Grasso has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management since 2002. Grasso received his PhD in Health Services Organization and Research from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia. He also holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, as well as bachelor’s degrees in Public Accounting and Psychology from Syracuse University.
He has spent many years in healthcare management, including positions as chief financial officer and chief executive officer at community hospitals in Virginia. While working on his doctorate, he also started the consulting firm Health Strategies, where he successfully complete a number of engagements with such clients as the Medical College of Virginia – Massey Cancer Center, the DuPont Foundation, The Virginia Cost Review Council, the Virginia Healthcare Foundation, the Virginia Office of Rural Health, and The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City.
Dr. Grasso’s teaching and research interests are in medical informatics and health care finance. He teaches courses in Management Information Systems, Financial Concepts in the Health Services Accounting and Applied Concepts in Healthcare Financial Management.
Another area of interest for Dr. Grasso has been the identification and development of key information regularly needed by health executives and clinicians to make timely and accurate decisions. In 2001, Dr. Grasso accepted an executive position with Cerner Corporation (an international health care computing company) with the mandate to develop an Executive and Clinical Information System that would provide customized, critical information on a timely basis to health care leaders through a “dashboard” computer display. PowerInsight was successfully developed and deployed in December 2002.
Over the past several years, Dr. Grasso has developed a management program for individuals working in Community Health Centers and desire to prepare themselves to work at the executive management level. Working in conjunction with the Kansas Association of the Medically Underserved and the Greater Midwest Primary Health Care Association, the Community Health Center Executive Fellowship program was developed in 2006. Over the last several years nearly 100 individuals throughout the mid-west have successfully completed the 11 month, on-line program and have earned the designation - CHC Executive Fellow. This program is now being offered on a national basis.Dr. Grasso is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a member in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Michael A. Grasso, PhD