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Michael K. Hole, M.D., MBA


Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford Graduate School of Business


Internship, Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School

Residency, Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School


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 health care.

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 U.S. 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 medical degree and Master of Business Administration from Stanford University with concentrations in public management, community health and social innovation. He completed pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School.

In 2019, former 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. Hole lives in Austin with his daughter and wife, who is an associate commissioner of the Texas Education Agency.

Professional Affiliations
  • Texas Health Institute
    Board of Trustees, 2018-Present
  • LBJ Center on Health & Social Policy
    Faculty Fellow, 2017-Present
  • United States Global Leadership Coalition
    Texas Advisory Committee, 2017-Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    Council on Early Childhood, 2016-Present
  • Academic Pediatric Association
    Task Force on Childhood Poverty, 2015-16
Awards & Honors
  • Presidential Leadership Scholar
    Presidents Bill Clinton & George W. Bush, 2019
  • Oglesby Award for Community Pediatrics
    Boston Children's Hospital, 2017
  • 30 Under 30
    Forbes Magazine, 2016
  • Global Shaper
    World Economic Forum, 2016
  • Dyson Award for Child Advocacy
    American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016