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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Consumerism
Scheduling Colonoscopies: What a Pain in the Ass
Dave Crane and I are great friends. We’re both healthcare lifers, theater buffs, of a certain age and… Read More
By April 7, 2022
Consumerism
Cracks in the Foundation, Part 3: Overcoming Healthcare’s Services-Need Mismatch
Editor’s note: This piece is the third in a series of six columns in which David Johnson addresses… Read More
By April 5, 2022
Innovation
David Johnson’s 2021 HLTH Executive Summary in “Bullet-Point” Journalism
Nobody generates content and creates eye-popping graphics like HLTH. No healthcare business publication synthesizes, opines and writes like… Read More
By March 31, 2022
Innovation
Overcoming Medical Orthodoxy (Part 2): Reinventing Medical Education
Author’s note: This is the second article in a two-part series on reimagining American medical education and ongoing… Read More
By and March 24, 2022
Consumerism
Healthcare’s Final Frontier: Engaging Consumers
Healthcare is going retail, fast. Care delivery is decentralizing. New interoperability and transparency regulations are making product and… Read More
By , and March 22, 2022
Innovation
Overcoming Medical Orthodoxy (Part 1): The Origins of Dysfunction
Author’s note: This is the first article in a two-part series on reimagining American medical education. This article… Read More
By and March 17, 2022
Economics
Cracks in the Foundation, Part 2: Overcoming Healthcare’s Artificial Economics
Editor’s note: This piece is the second in a series of six columns in which David Johnson addresses… Read More
By March 10, 2022
Innovation
Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Golden Age of Healthcare Innovation?
Since the middle of 2020, during the early days of the pandemic, several long-developing trends within the U.S…. Read More
By and March 8, 2022
Innovation
Cain Brothers House Calls Podcast: Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Golden Age of Healthcare Innovation?
  Cain Brothers’ President Rob Fraiman and David Johnson, CEO of 4sight Health, look back on 2021, another… Read More
By and March 3, 2022
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