Hole, Michael K. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Pediatrics Internship, Harvard Medical School
  • Pediatrics Residency, Harvard Medical School
  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • B.S. in Spanish and Biological Sciences, Butler University
Research Areas
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Child Poverty & Health
  • Social Policy

Michael Hole, M.D., MBA, FAAP is a physician, professor, author and entrepreneur at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is founder and executive director at The Impact Factory, a cross-sector engine for social innovation and civic participation.

Hole is a "street pediatrician" onboard a mobile clinic serving families experiencing poverty and homelessness. He has over 60 academic publications cited nearly 11,000 times on health care financing, education disparities, economic mobility and more. Hole teaches U.S. health and social policy, community engagement, human-centered design and entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students.

In 2016, Forbes named Hole to America's "30 Under 30" list after starting StreetCred, a national organization helping low-income families file taxes and build wealth while they wait in hospitals and clinics. He co-founded Early Bird, a scholarship program for babies in families with low income, and Main Street Relief, a nationwide volunteer corps helping small businesses survive and move forward from economic crises. Hole is founding advisor of Good Apple, a grocery delivery company fighting food insecurity.

Hole began his career as a case manager fighting child trafficking and domestic violence in Middle America before leading campaigns to help fund a new elementary school in post-conflict Uganda and an orphanage for abandoned children with disabilities in post-earthquake Haiti.

A first-generation college graduate from rural Indiana, Hole earned his M.D. and MBA from Stanford University and completed pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School. Hole received a B.S. in Spanish and biological sciences from Butler University, where he was top student and now serves on the board of trustees.

In 2019, Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush named Hole a Presidential Leadership Scholar. He is a member of Mensa and former Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. Hole lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and daughter.


NewsJuly 1, 2021
UT health policy expert and pediatrician Dr. Michael Hole joins Council on Foreign Relations

Michael Hole, founder and executive director of The Impact Factory at The University of Texas at Austin, was recently named a Stephen M. Kellen Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Hole is an assistant professor of pediatrics, population health and public policy at Dell Medical School and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. 

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Media MentionFebruary 11, 2021
Local doctor's new initiative aims to improve health among vulnerable

Dr. Michael Hole joins Dave Froehlich to talk about his new initiative to hep improve the health and prosperity of vulnerable populations.

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Media MentionFebruary 2, 2021
Dell Medical School assistant professor develops The Impact Factory, aims to alleviate long-standing social issues

The Impact Factory is an organization that promotes civic innovation, entrepreneurship, service and learning at UT and was founded by Michael Hole, a Dell Medical School and Lyndon B. Johnson School faculty member. The initiative aims to alleviate prominent social justice issues using cross-sector collaboration among different departments at UT as well as businesses from across the country.

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