Michael Hole, M.D., MBA, FAAP is a physician, professor, researcher, author and serial entrepreneur at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is faculty at Dell Medical School and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Hole is an assistant professor of pediatrics, population health and public policy, as well as founding director at Financial Health Studios, a university hub for entrepreneurship and systems innovation integrating financial services and workforce development into healthcare.
Hole is a “street pediatrician” onboard Children’s Health Express, a mobile medical clinic serving children and families experiencing homelessness. He teaches annual, graduate-level courses on US public policy, human-centered design and civic entrepreneurship for students studying law, medicine, business, policy, social work and engineering.
Alongside his students, Hole started Good Apple, a grocery delivery company fighting food insecurity, and Early Bird, a milestone-driven scholarship fund for babies born into poverty. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he launched Main Street Relief, a nationwide volunteer corps helping small businesses survive and recover from economic crises.
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, an orphanage for abandoned children with disabilities in post-earthquake Haiti and a new food product tackling malnutrition in developing countries. Forbes named Hole to America’s “30 Under 30” list after starting StreetCred, a national nonprofit helping low-income families file taxes and build wealth while they wait in medical clinics.
Hole, a product of public schools and first-generation college graduate from rural Indiana, was Butler University’s top student before earning his M.D. and MBA from Stanford University with concentrations in public management, community health and social innovation. He completed pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School.
In 2019, Presidents Bill 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.
In the News:
- Presidential Leadership Scholars Notes from the Field: Q&A with Michael Hole (April 2020)
- Amid Pandemic, Student-Run Company Serves People Facing Food Insecurity (Dell Medical School, 4/10/20)
- Dell Children's Express bus makes rounds in Central Texas (KVUE, 12/3/19)
- Austin Partnership Provides Health Care For Under-Served Children (Patch, 11/27/19)
- Op-ed: Grandma was witness - America's spirit prevails (Austin-American Statesman, 7/4/19)
- Michael Hole to deliver remarks, introduce Presidents Bush and Clinton at Presidential Leadership Scholars commencement (6/27/19)
- How One Physician Started A Tax-Filing Service To Help Improve Patients' Health (Texas Standard, 4/10/19)
- World Changing Ideas 2019: All the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions (Fast Company, 4/8/19)
- How Doctors Are Expanding Access To The Earned Income Tax Credit For Families With Kids (Forbes, 8/17/18)
- Op-ed: Doctors order zero tolerance for policies that harm kids (Austin-American Statesman, 6/29/18)
- Michael K. Hole and Street Cred: Helping Families Access Healthy Futures (Innovate Podcast, 6/10/18)
- Unhealthy Tax Changes for Families in Need (Real Clear Policy, 5/3/18)
- Putting a price tag on childhood hunger (The Hill, 4/10/18)
- Making a Difference - StreetCred: Building Health and Wealth for Families (KEYE CBS Austin, 4/9/18)
- How Taxes Affect Our Wallets and Our Health (UT Austin News, 4/6/18)
- Texas Perspectives: Auditing the Working Poor is Bad for Texas Children (UT Austin News, 10/20/17)
- Op-ed: Why auditing the working poor is bad news for Texas youths (Austin-American Statesman, 9/29/17)
- Doctors have the power to help their patients thrive financially (PBS, 4/26/17)
- Boston Medical Center Provides Free Tax Services To Low-Income Families (CBS Boston, 4/14/17)
- This visit to the doctor can be a tonic for family finances (The Boston Globe, 3/12/17)