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David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.

David A. LubarskyDavid Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., is the vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer for UC Davis Health, a nationally ranked leader in health care education, research and patient care. He oversees UC Davis Health’s academic, research and clinical programs, including the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 625-bed acute-care hospital.

With roughly 14,000 employees, nearly 1,000 students, an annual operating budget of $3 billion, approximately $300 million in extramural research funding, and around one million outpatient visits each year, UC Davis Health is a major contributor to the health and economy of the Sacramento region and is a center of biomedical discoveries that help advance health around the world.

Before joining UC Davis, Lubarsky served for six years as the chief medical officer and systems integration officer at the University of Miami Health System (UHealth). In that role, he championed standardization and provided oversight for four hospital and practice chief medical officers, the chief medical risk officer, chief patient safety and quality officer, and the director of patient and visitor services. Under his leadership, UHealth’s state and federal funding expanded by more than $100 million per year, and the organization successfully negotiated a comprehensive retail health relationship with Walgreens.

Previous transformational roles held by Lubarsky include serving as the first CEO of the UHealth Physician Practice, where he prioritized superior patient care and health education, optimal financial performance, and research as a core academic mission. He drove the largest annual growth (17% clinic visits, 26% procedures) in the history of the university, and positioned the $2 billion University of Miami hospital system for risk assumption. Lubarsky championed Six Sigma and lean concepts, setting up system-wide training. As senior associate dean for safety, quality and risk prevention from 2007 to 2011, Lubarsky drove system malpractice costs down by 80%, saving $100 million annually.


An interview with Dr. David Lubarsky

Committed to academics as well as leadership, Lubarsky served from 2001 to 2018 as the Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, reinvigorating the world's largest anesthesia training program. In addition to covering a dozen OR suites and more than 100,000 anesthetics annually, the department ran a heralded Center for Patient Safety dedicated to reducing patient harm through simulation and team training, hailed as one of the finest academic anesthesia training programs in the nation.

Lubarsky also was a professor at the University of Miami’s School of Business, serving in both health sector policy and management and the Department of Management, teaching population health, behavioral economics, physician behaviors, patient safety, negotiations and incentive plans. From 1988 to 2001, Lubarsky was a tenured professor and vice chair of anesthesiology at Duke University, and adjunct professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business from 1999 to 2002.

I believe everything we do should be about bringing greater health to the people we serve.

— David Lubarsky, UC Davis Health chief executive officer 

With more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and hundreds of invited lectures, Lubarsky is noted for his contributions to health care economics, informatics and OR management, having published several articles defined as landmark contributions. He is one of the top 100 published practicing anesthesiologists in the United States and has provided consulting services to a large number of health care companies in the business of medicine, pharmaco-economics, EHR development, and anesthesia group management, and is noted for his ability to synthesize win-win value propositions.

Lubarsky earned his Bachelor of Arts in history (1980) and medical degree (1984) at Washington University in St. Louis. He graduated in the first class of the university’s Scholars Program in Medicine. 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 and was honored as a Fuqua Scholar, 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 625-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 five in California

Centers of excellence include:

  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 41 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 Practice Management Group (TPMG) 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, TPMG has shared responsibility for the clinical operations of the health system's professional practice activities.

The formation of TPMG 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 TPMG include:

  • Increasing efficiency of practice and revenue
  • Decreasing practice expenses
  • Reducing silos and improving integration
  • Identifying areas to increase quality
  • Aligning incentives

David H. Wisner is the executive director of the Practice Management Group, overseeing faculty practice operations as well as the overall vision and strategic direction of TPMG and its day-to-day activities. Wisner collaborates with the leadership of the School of Medicine and medical center to set and achieve joint strategic goals across the health system.

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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 20 percent of 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:

Additional departments:

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:

To learn more, visit the School of Nursing’s website.