Research and Medical Education

Nationally-recognized research efforts, coupled with medical education, are at the core of Henry Ford Health System’s mission: We improve people’s lives through excellence in the science and art of health care and healing.


$86 Million in Funding Secured for World-Class Research

External research funding awarded in 2018 was $86 million, with federal funding reaching the highest amount Henry Ford has ever received in a single year – $45.4 million. Hundreds of researchers are engaged in more than 2,000 studies Systemwide. Henry Ford ranked first in non-university-based Michigan health systems for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In 2018, Henry Ford Health System ranked fourth in the state of Michigan in NIH funding and in the top 20 nationally for independent hospitals receiving NIH funding.

All of Us Research Program

Learn more about Henry Ford’s leading role in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program to advance precision medicine.

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Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research

Henry Ford researchers are discovering how health care can deliver the results patients need.

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Pioneering Exosome Research in the Chopp Lab

In the largest lab of its kind, scientists are finding new ways to treat brain injuries, neurological disease and cancers.

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Precision Prevention Focuses on Cancer

This national study could uncover biologic markers that are risk factors for cancer, leading to earlier detection and prevention.

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Leading Medical Education for Current and Future Medical Professionals

Henry Ford remains a state and national leader in education for medical students, interns, residents and fellows, and the continuing education of faculty, affiliated physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. Approximately 40 percent of all physicians in Michigan received formal training at Henry Ford during their careers. A total of 50 residency and fellowship programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and 27 fellow specialty programs are accredited by various accrediting bodies.

In 2018, Henry Ford Health System trained nearly 1,900 physicians and future physicians:

  • 1,043 medical students and 669 residents and fellows were enrolled in 77 programs at Henry Ford Hospital in 2018
  • Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Henry Ford Macomb and Henry Ford Wyandotte hospitals trained more than 100 osteopathic medical students and 287 residents in their 20 ACGME-accredited programs
  • Continuing medical education opportunities were provided to more than 70,000 physicians, nurses and allied health professionals

Enhancing Skills at Simulation Centers

The Center for Simulation, Education and Research at Henry Ford Hospital offers a risk-free environment where state-of-the-art computers and mannequins simulate hundreds of medical conditions. More than 14,400 health professionals practiced and augmented their skills at the center in 2018. A second Simulation Laboratory opened in 2018 at Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s Center for Health Innovation & Education.