Michael Hole is a physician, professor, researcher, author, and entrepreneur at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is faculty at Dell Medical School and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Hole is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Population Health, and Public Policy, as well as Founder and Executive Director at Opportunity Ventures, a portfolio of companies tackling poverty, hunger, homelessness, and other problems harming health.
Dr. Hole is a “street pediatrician” onboard Children’s Health Express, a mobile medical clinic serving Greater Austin’s most vulnerable families and children. He teaches “Solutions for America’s Children in Poverty,” an annual, graduate-level course on human-centered design and entrepreneurship for students studying medicine, business, social work, policy, engineering, and law.
Dr. Hole started his career as a social work case manager fighting child trafficking, mental illness, and domestic violence in middle America before leading campaigns to help fund a primary school in Uganda, an orphanage for disabled children abandoned during Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, and a new food product for malnourished youths. Forbes Magazine named him to its “30 Under 30” list after starting StreetCred, a national nonprofit helping low-income families file taxes and build wealth while they wait in doctors’ offices.
Dr. Hole, a first-generation college graduate from rural Indiana, was Butler University’s top male student before earning his MD and MBA from Stanford University with concentrations in public management, community health, and social innovation. He completed a pediatrics residency at Harvard.
In 2019, Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush named Dr. Hole a Presidential Leadership Scholar. He is a member of Mensa and former Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. Dr. Hole and his wife live in Austin, where she is an Associate Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency.