David W. Johnson

Dave powers 4sight Health with an unflinching determination to create status-quo busting dialogue and action in healthcare reform. His innate desire to bring about change, coupled with his tremendous proficiency across health policy, academic medicine, economics, statistics, behavioral finance, disruptive innovation, organizational change and complexity theory, has led to his recognition as an insightful, incisive globally acknowledged authority on market-driven reform.

Dave is a prolific writer on healthcare’s pro-market transformation. He is the author-in-residence at MATTER, the Chicago-based healthcare incubator, and published the critically acclaimed book Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare in 2016. McGraw-Hill published Dave’s book The Customer Revolution in Healthcare: Delivering Smarter, Kinder, Affordable Care for All in September 2019.

Dave left a 28-year career in investment banking to create 4sight Health. As an investment banker, he managed over $30 billion in healthcare revenue bonds, led significant strategic advisory engagements for health systems. He specialized in capital formation, asset-liability management, enterprise risk analytics and new business-model development. Dave is also currently an investor and/or advisor for several early- or mid-stage healthcare companies including Curate Health, GaussSoft, HealthiPass, Link Capital, Medspeed and MultiScale Health Networks.

Dave holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature from Colgate University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. Dave was drawn to service at a young age as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa and a United States Presidential Management Intern.

His civic and professional affiliations have included Harvard Medical School (Visiting Committee); the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Board, Executive and Finance Committees); the University of Chicago (Harris School of Public Policy’s Visiting Committee, Student Engagement Sub-Committee Chair and the Urban Health Lab); the Health Management Academy; Harvard School of Public Health; CHRISTUS Health (Audit Committee); the British-American Project (U.S. Chair); and Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Center (Finance Committee Chair).

Dave is a consummate thought leader who enjoys reading and writing. He is no health slouch as a vegan who often bikes to meetings, who’s run ten marathons. He also loves traveling.

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DO NOT MISS THIS INTERVIEW: Amedisys CEO Paul Kusserow
Having earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, I’ve always enjoyed the following riddle: Question: What is an… Read More
By November 30, 2021
Outcomes
SONG: Healthcare Over the Rainbow
To the tune of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen Healthcare over the rainbow is for all And… Read More
By and November 18, 2021
Outcomes
Healthcare Over the Rainbow (Part 1)
Inspiration is ephemeral and unpredictable. It often bubbles below the surface before busting into our consciousness. The origins… Read More
By and November 18, 2021
Economics
Cain Brothers House Calls Podcast: Moving Healthcare Home and Beyond: A Conversation with Paul Kusserow, Chairman and CEO of Amedisys
Moving Healthcare Home and Beyond: A Conversation with Paul Kusserow, Chairman and CEO of Amedisys As part of… Read More
By and November 18, 2021
Economics
The Roaring ‘20s Then & Now: Insights on Healthcare’s Post-Pandemic Future
In a March 1944 speech to the Royal College of Physicians, Winston Churchill paid tribute to Britain’s doctors… Read More
By and November 9, 2021
Outcomes
State-Based Marketplaces 2.0 Part 2: Engines of Innovation, Competition and Consumerism
Within the current political reality, how can America implement policies that increase access to health insurance while also… Read More
By and October 26, 2021
Consumerism
Home Is Where the Hospital Is
My sister recently gave me a t-shirt that proclaims, “I speak in movie lines, song lyrics and sarcasm.”… Read More
By October 18, 2021
Consumerism
SONG: Sweet Hospital at Home
To the tune of “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd Healthcare’s wheels keep on turnin’ Carried me home… Read More
By and October 18, 2021
Economics
State-Based Marketplaces 2.0 Part 1: The Coming Expansion in Access, Affordability and Value
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived its third challenge at the Supreme Court on June 18, 2021, by… Read More
By and October 14, 2021
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