Skip to main content

Lisa Kirsch


Department:     Business, Government & Society

Additional Titles:     Senior Policy Director, Dell Medical School

Industry Areas:     Healthcare

Research Areas:     Healthcare, Healthcare Management


Lisa Kirsch is a lecturer of business, government, and society at The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. She teaches health care law and policy to undergraduate students interested in medicine, other health professions, and health care business administration. Kirsch is also the senior policy director at Dell Medical School, where she conducts health policy research and analysis to support innovations in health care delivery and payment. Her research interests include health care policy, finance, and administration.

She joined Dell Medical School in 2016 after more than a decade with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, where she served as chief deputy director for policy for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. In this role, Kirsch oversaw the policy department and the development and implementation of the more than $10 billion Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program under Texas’ Medicaid 1115 health care transformation waiver. She also served as senior policy adviser to the Office of Health Services. Prior to joining HHSC, Kirsch worked in the private sector as assistant director of operations for Outreach Health, a Texas home health care and community care company, and as a fiscal analyst for the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

She earned a Master of Public Affairs in 1996 from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT. Kirsch graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American studies.