Office of the Vice Chancellor
David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.S.A.
David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.S.A., is the Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and CEO for UC Davis Health, located in Sacramento, California. UC Davis Health is an integrated health system with approximately 17,000 employees, 1,000 students, 1,000 trainees, 1,300 faculty members and a large regional primary care network, providing more than 1.5 million outpatient visits every year with an annual budget of $4.3 billion. Dr. Lubarsky has increased UC Davis Health’s revenues by more than 50% since arriving in July 2018.
Dr. Lubarsky oversees UC Davis Health’s academic, research and clinical programs, including the top 50 School of Medicine, the top 50 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and the top 50 UC Davis Medical Center, a 648-bed Level 1 Trauma hospital consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Becker’s. UC Davis Medical Center, in partnership with Shriners, operates a top 50 children’s hospital as well. UC Davis Health is an innovation hub for biomedical discoveries that helps advance health around the world, and is ranked in the top 35 nationally for medical research.
In 2022, Dr. Lubarsky was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Health Care.” Since joining UC Davis Health in July 2018, Dr. Lubarsky has recommitted the organization to expanding care for the underserved, and caring for Medi-Cal patients and others with few resources while creating a sustainable financial model. Among the new initiatives, Dr. Lubarsky established a partnership with Sacramento County Health Services to expand primary and specialty care to the underserved, reform the managed care system, and address the crisis in mental illness and homelessness. He also positioned UC Davis Health as a resource to complete, not compete with, other health systems to improve access and care throughout the region.
A strong proponent of physicians and academic medical centers playing a leading role in shaping health care policy, he brought all 1,000 physicians into the California Medical Association and its Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. He embraces team practice and advanced nursing practice, with the Schools of Medicine and Nursing pursuing new levels of interprofessional learning, training and practice.
An interview with Dr. David Lubarsky
With UC Davis Health serving more than half of California’s counties as the only academic medical center between San Francisco and Portland, he partnered with Adventist Health and the California Medical Association to address recruiting, training and retaining doctors in rural areas throughout Northern California, and championed novel training programs to advance rural and inner city care now embraced by the AMA as national models. To adapt to health care’s evolution and leverage UC Davis’ early success in creating California’s telehealth backbone, he’s creating a digital platform and virtual hospital to lead in technology and connectivity while reinforcing the values of empathy, inclusivity and a patient-centric ethic.
I believe everything we do should be about bringing greater health to the people we serve.
— David Lubarsky, UC Davis Health chief executive officer
Dr. Lubarsky was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the statewide governor’s Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force and is proud of UC Davis Health’s nation-leading Alzheimer’s research program, ranked 14th nationally in Alzheimer’s research funding. UC Davis takes a public health approach to its studies and programs, measuring the toll of the disease across the social spectrum, identifying groups that are disproportionately impacted, and researching the differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia. UC Davis Health’s national ranking in geriatric care — 23rd nationally by U.S. News — is another important part of supporting patients, as well as caregivers through a nationally-modeled Family Caregiving Institute.
A committed academic physician, he is a UC Davis professor of anesthesiology, nursing and business, and is on the faculty of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Previously, Dr. Lubarsky was chief medical officer and systems integration officer at the University of Miami Health System, pioneering the current integrated structure as the first CEO of the system’s 1,100-physician practice. He was also a professor of anesthesiology and department chair in Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, a professor in the Schools of Business and Nursing, and before Miami, a professor and vice chair at Duke University and adjunct professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He’s one of the top 100 published anesthesiologists in America.
Dr. Lubarsky earned his Bachelor of Arts in history (1980) and medical degree (1984) at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed an anesthesia residency and a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia and clinical research at New York University Medical Center. He received his MBA (1999) from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, graduating at the top of his class.
UC Davis Medical Center, based in Sacramento, Calif., is a nationally renowned academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health.
A few highlights:
- A 600+ bed multispecialty academic medical center
- Serves 33 counties covering a 65,000-square-mile area north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada
- Ranked Sacramento's top hospital by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the top hospitals in California
Centers of excellence include:
- UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of a limited number of National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers nationwide
- State-of-the-art emergency departments that include the region's only Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers
- The internationally recognized UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders
- UC Davis Children's Hospital, a nationally ranked pediatric hospital with more than 120 physicians in 33 pediatric subspecialties
- A pioneering telehealth program, which gives remote, underserved communities access to academic specialty and subspecialty care
To learn more, visit the medical center site.
The Medical Group represents all organized medical group practices of UC Davis Health’s primary and specialty care faculty physicians. The group's purpose is to serve the health system’s missions through high-quality, cost-effective care delivery. By delegation from the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean, the Medical Group has shared responsibility for the clinical operations of the health system's professional practice activities.
The formation of the Medical Group is an important step in formalizing the leadership of the health system's medical group practices and in refining the role of its group practice in achieving the health system's research, teaching, patient care and community engagement goals. Its primary goal is to maintain a clinical practice that distinguishes UC Davis Health as a leading faculty and academic health center.
Specific goals of the Medical Group include:
- Increasing efficiency of practice and revenue
- Decreasing practice expenses
- Reducing silos and improving integration
- Identifying areas to increase quality
- Aligning incentives
Debbie Aizenberg, M.D. is the interim executive director of the Medical Group, overseeing faculty practice operations as well as the overall vision and strategic direction of the Medical Group and its day-to-day activities. She collaborates with the leadership of the School of Medicine and medical center to set and achieve joint strategic goals across the health system.
UC Davis School of Medicine is one of the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school places in the top 10 in the nation for primary care training and diversity, the top 35 institutions in the country for research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is home to one of the nation’s inaugural Clinical Translational Science Centers.
A few highlights include:
- A national reputation for life-changing biomedical discoveries
- A passion for clinical care and a commitment to engaging people from underserved communities and advancing rural health
- Fully accredited master’s degree programs in public health and in informatics
- A combined M.D.-Ph.D. program that is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care
The Dean’s Departments and Offices include:
- Office of the Dean
- Academic Personnel
- Office of Medical Education
- Office of Research
- Office of Sponsored Programs
- Faculty Development
- Faculty Senate
To learn more, visit the UC Davis School of Medicine website.
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis cultivates academic excellence and addresses urgent, societal needs through leadership development, interprofessional education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology. The school plays a critical role in preparing nurse leaders who will shape the future of health care and inform health policy.
The School of Nursing has five research focus areas: chronic disease management, health technology, pain management, Healthy People and Healthy Systems. Faculty come from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, business administration, sociology, gerontology, medicine, information technology and psychology. School of Nursing students engage in classroom and clinical environments with students in the School of Medicine, health informatics and other health-related programs.
A few highlights include:
- Offers multiple graduate-degree programs including Ph.D., D.N.P., M.H.S., M.S. and M.S.N.
- When full enrollment is reached by 2022, the school is projected to serve roughly 420 students in all programs.
- Established in March 2009 with a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
To learn more, visit the School of Nursing’s website.