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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Innovation
Overcoming Medical Orthodoxy (Part 4): Retooling Clinicians for “New Medicine”
Author Note: This is the final article in a four-part series on reinventing medical education and clinician training…. Read More
By and May 19, 2022
Outcomes
Overcoming Medical Orthodoxy (Part 3): Forces Disrupting “Old Medicine”
Author Note: This is the third article in a four-part series on reimagining American medical education and ongoing… Read More
By and May 12, 2022
Economics
Healthcare’s Roaring 2020s
Published May 4, 2022, on HLTH.com Read the in-depth article here.  The 1920s was a time of big… Read More
By and May 10, 2022
Economics
Cracks in the Foundation (Part 4): Overcoming U.S. Health Systems’ Brittle Business Model
U.S. health systems’ reliance on centralized, high-cost platforms (e.g., hospitals) to deliver routine care is baffling to me…. Read More
By May 3, 2022
Policy
Separate And Unequal (Part 1): Healthcare’s Profound Maldistribution of Facilities
Ready. Set. Stumble. As part of its announcement of payment guidelines for FY 2023, the Centers for Medicare… Read More
By April 28, 2022
Outcomes
Stooges, Joint Pain, Digital Clinics and This Month’s Song
Starting in 1934, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curley Howard) began making short films for… Read More
By April 19, 2022
Outcomes
SONG: Haven’t Got Time for Back Pain
Music by Carly Simon, Lyrics by David W. Johnson All those crazy times when my body let me… Read More
By and April 19, 2022
Economics
Fishing for Returns in Turbulent Waters: Healthcare Investors Adapt to New Competitors and Greater Risk
Private equity and venture capital continues to flow into almost all healthcare sectors in abundance, despite a wide… Read More
By , and April 14, 2022
Economics
Cain Brothers House Calls Podcast: Fishing for Returns in Turbulent Waters: Healthcare Investors Adapt to New Competitors and Greater Risk
How are healthcare investors navigating the increasingly competitive and dynamic healthcare investment marketplace? Cain Brothers’ Directors Stacy Guffanti… Read More
By , and April 14, 2022
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