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. As a speaker, Dave plays the role of rebel, challenger, industry historian, investor and company evaluator to push audiences forward. Watch his bio video.

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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O Nonprofit Governance, Wherefore Art Thou?
The “Keckley Report” from October 31, 2022 zeroed in on three blind spots that plague governance of nonprofit… Read More
By November 17, 2022
System Dynamics
Health Systems’ ESG Imperative: Making Cost-Effective Investments To Advance Well-Being
Health systems confront many big challenges. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria is a major one that doesn’t… Read More
By and November 15, 2022
System Dynamics
The Way Healthcare’s Working Isn’t Working (Part 1): Changing Mindsets
On October 11, 2022, the emergency room at St. Michael Medical Center (SMMC) in Silverlake, Washington reached the… Read More
By and November 10, 2022
Economics
Rewiring Healthcare’s Smartest Professionals (Hint: It’s Not Physicians)
I won’t keep you in suspense. Healthcare’s smartest professionals are the tens of thousands of individuals who populate… Read More
By November 3, 2022
Innovation
Healthcare at Halloween 2022: Trickery and Treats
It’s that spooky time of year when kids don costumes and go trick or treating. Most love Halloween… Read More
By October 27, 2022
Consumerism
Home Is Where the Healing Happens: Uniting Medicare Advantage Payers and Providers to Create Value
Payers and providers are directing an increasing proportion of Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) patients into home health… Read More
By and October 25, 2022
Economics
Cain Brothers House Calls Podcast: Home Is Where the Healing Happens
Uniting Medicare Advantage Payers and Providers to Create Value The market for home-based care delivery is growing rapidly,… Read More
By and October 25, 2022
Innovation
In Defense of Value: A Response to Ken Kaufman
In an Oct. 5, 2022, commentary, Ken Kaufman offers a full-throated and heartfelt defense of non-profit healthcare during… Read More
By October 11, 2022
Economics
Pizza, Productivity and Healthcare
My favorite pizza joint at Colgate University was Peppe’s Ye Olde Pizza Pub. It’s still there. We used… Read More
By October 4, 2022
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