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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The Machines Are Coming, the Machines Are Coming!
Legend has it that just after midnight on April 18, 1775, Paul Revere rode his horse north from… Read More
By February 6, 2024
Economics
Cain Brothers House Calls Podcast: MedTech Follows Pharma
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By January 2, 2024
Outcomes
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Almost every health system boldly proclaims that they are “patient-centric” and emphasizes that being patient experience is their… Read More
By , and December 19, 2023
Innovation
Dave’s Dispatch: Never Poke a Wolverine
Gopher Gaffes on Academic Health   Pound-for-pound, wolverines are the planet’s most ferocious creatures. So clever and strong… Read More
By December 14, 2023
Economics
Revitalizing Inner-City Healthcare. A South Side Chicago Opportunity.
The United States continues to struggle with daunting inner-city health and healthcare problems borne out of innate social… Read More
By December 12, 2023
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Innovation
Remembering Gary
“The only one who could ever reach me Was the son of a preacher man…” —Dusty Springfield Scores… Read More
By November 16, 2023
Innovation
10 Reasons to Stream ‘American Hospitals: Healing a Broken System’
“American Hospitals: Healing a Broken System” is a revealing documentary that shines a light on the intricate issues… Read More
By November 14, 2023
Outcomes
Podcast: American Hospitals: Interview with the Filmmakers 11/9/23
4sight Health’s David W. Johnson interviews Vince Mondillo, one of the filmmakers behind “American Hospitals,” a hard-hitting but… Read More
By November 9, 2023
System Dynamics
Circumcising Physician Training
The Case For Surgical Mechanics American healthcare reputedly confronts a monumental physician shortage. A highly publicized 2021 report… Read More
By November 7, 2023
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