David Nash

Healthcare Policy Expert and Founder of Jefferson School of Population Health

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$10,001 to $20,000
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Pennsylvania, United States

Healthcare Policy Expert and Founder of
Jefferson School of Population Health

A regular on Modern Medicine’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, David Nash founded the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) of Thomas Jefferson University to develop the nation’s future healthcare leaders. A board-certified internist, he is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development, and quality of care improvement.

Health Policy

David B. Nash was named the Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) in 2008. This appointment caps a 25 year tenure on the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University. He is also the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy. JSPH provides innovative educational programming designed to develop healthcare leaders for the future. Its offerings include Masters Programs in Public Health, Healthcare Quality and Safety, Health Policy and Applied Health Economics. JSPH also offers a doctoral program in Population Health Science.

Public Accountability

Dr. Nash is a board certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, and quality-of-care improvement. Repeatedly named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, his pro bono national activities cover a wide scope. Currently he is on the VHA Center for Applied Healthcare Studies Advisory Board. He is a principal faculty member for Quality of Care programming for the American Association of Physician Leaders (AAPL) in Tampa, FL and leads the academic joint venture between AAPL and the JSPH. He is on the NQF task force on Improving Population Health and is on the John M. Eisenberg Award Committee from the Joint Commission. He also is a founding member of the AAMC-IQ Steering Committee, the group charged with introducing the tenets of quality and safety into medical education. Finally, Dr. Nash has chaired the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (HC4) for more than 15 years and he is widely recognized as a pioneer in the public reporting of outcomes.


Dr. Nash has governance responsibilities in both the not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare sector. In the not-for-profit sector, Dr. Nash served on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, OH from 1998 to 2008, where he was the inaugural chair of the board committee on Quality and Safety. Currently, he is on the board of Main Line Health, a four-hospital system in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also chairs the board committee on Quality and Safety. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Population Health Alliance (formerly DMAA) in Washington, DC and edits the official journal of the PHA.

In the for-profit sector, Dr. Nash was named to the Board of Directors for Humana, Inc., one of the nation’s largest publically traded healthcare companies, in 2009. He recently retired from the board of Endo Health Solutions, a publically traded pharmaceutical company, now headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. In October 2013 he joined the board of Vestagen Technical Textiles, a privately held advanced medical textile company in Orlando, FL and the board of InfoMC in suburban Philadelphia, a leading information technology company. He is on the Arsenal Capital Partners health care advisory board in New York City, NY.

Awards and Accolades

Among his many awards are the following: In 1995 he received the top recognition award from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. He received the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in October 1997, and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in 1998. In 2006 he received the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data from NAHDO. In 2009 Dr. Nash received the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award. In 2012, he received both the Joseph Wharton award in recognition of his “social impact” and the Philadelphia Business Journal innovation award.


Through publications, public appearances, his “Nash on the Road” blog, and an online column on MedPage Today, Dr. Nash routinely reaches more than 100,000 persons every month. He has authored more than 100 articles in major peer-reviewed journals. He has edited 23 books, including Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer, The Quality Solution, Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness, and most recently, Demand Better. From 1984 to 1989 he was the inaugural Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine. Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of four major national journals including American Journal of Medical Quality, Population Health Management, P&T, and American Health and Drug Benefits (AHDB).


Dr. Nash received his BA in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College; his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and his MBA in Health Administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he was a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and Medical Director of a nine-physician faculty group practice in general internal medicine.

Dr. Nash lives in Lafayette Hill Pennsylvania, with his wife of more than 35 years, Esther J. Nash, MD. They have fraternal twin 27 year old daughters and a 24 year old son. Dr. Nash enjoys jogging, biking and playing tennis.

Demand Better! Revive Our Broken Healthcare System

Much of the healthcare debate is centered on cost - the skyrocketing cost of direct patient care, the cost to insure millions of currently uninsured people, the administrative costs that eat up a large chunk of every healthcare dollar, the cost of defensive medicine to avert malpractice lawsuits. How can it be that we spend more than $700 billion each year on medical care that fails to improve patients’ health and often harms them? There is no easy fix to these problems, of course. But there is the best place to look: focus on quality. The problems are cultural and from persistent unexplained variation in physician practice patterns and from still-inadequate accountability for quality and patient safety. Reclaiming quality by addressing deficiencies will transform the economics of our healthcare system. This is a pivotal moment in American healthcare delivery, marked by tremendous innovation aimed at "busting" our counterproductive myths: improving physician decision-making and devising accountability mechanisms that work. Sharing his vision, strategy and tools, Dr. Nash integrates these topics into a cohesive appraisal of core problems and cutting-edge solutions.

Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness

Many hospitals and health systems have shifted their focus from treating patients who need immediate care to improving the overall health of their community. This model, known as population health management (PHM), not only produces better outcomes, but it also helps healthcare organizations deliver higher quality care and increase profitability. While the benefits of population health management are clear, implementation is anything but. There are countless strategies and solutions to consider, and success rates for each one vary from facility to facility. In this presentation Dr. Nash will focus on population health in the context of the system's transformation away from traditional fee-for-service and towards outcomes-driven, value-based healthcare. Discussing population management for improving community wellness, the role of health care providers, and how health reform is yielding new organizational structures and payment models, Dr. Nash will share his insight on what providers need to do to change organizational culture in this new, evolving environment.

Health Information Technology

Medical Errors & Clinical Quality Issues

Advisory Board Development

Public Accountability

All David Nash Books

Governance for Healthcare Providers: The Call to Leadership
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Population Health: Creating A Culture Of Wellness
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Governance for Healthcare Providers: The Call to Leadership
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Population Health: Creating A Culture Of Wellness
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