Hole, Michael K. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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 is a pediatrician and social entrepreneur developing products, services, and policies to reduce US child poverty. He is joint faculty at Dell Medical School and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where he is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Population Health and Faculty Fellow in the Center for Health & Social Policy. 

Dr. Hole started his career in social services focused on child trafficking before founding two international development campaigns: Power of Children, which started a school for 350 students in post-conflict Uganda, and Be Haiti, which co-funded (a) a new food treating 50,000 malnourished youth yearly and (b) an orphanage for disabled children abandoned during Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. Dr. Hole now co-leads StreetCred, a nonprofit at the intersection of government and health systems helping low-income families file taxes, build assets and apply for basic resources in pediatricians’ waiting rooms. He has published or presented on issues like entitlement spending, social impact bonds, food insecurity, childhood homelessness, youth gang violence and public-private partnerships reducing infant mortality. 

Dr. Hole was top student at Butler University before earning his MD and MBA from Stanford University with concentrations in public management, community health and social innovation. He completed pediatrics residency at Harvard before joining The University of Texas at Austin.


FeatureApril 24, 2019
A conversation with CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Michael Hole

Dr. Michael Hole grew up in a rural, 843-person town called Darlington, Indiana, whose service to vulnerable communities reflects the influence of his upbringing. He chose to focus on children in poverty after his first year in college, when he traveled to Ecuador on a medical brigade.

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NewsFebruary 7, 2019
LBJ School, Dell Med Professor Michael Hole named one of the fifth annual class of Presidential Leadership Scholars

The Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program has announced that Dr. Michael Hole, a pediatrician, social entrepreneur and joint faculty at the LBJ School and Dell Medical School, is among the 60 men and women who will form its fifth annual class. PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of established leaders brought together to collaborate and make a difference in the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Media MentionJune 29, 2018
Commentary: Doctors order zero tolerance for policies that harm kids

Pediatrician and LBJ School Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Hole talks about the dangerous health consequences of family separation in an Austin American-Statesman op-ed. 

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