Learn more about David Kindig

David A. Kindig, MD, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine. He Co-Directs the Wisconsin site of the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program and also serves as Senior Advisor to the UW Population Health Institute., and Co-Director of its “Making Wisconsin the Healthiest State” project. He is also the Co-Chair of the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.


Dr. Kindig, a member of the Institute of Medicine, served as Professor of Preventive Medicine/Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin from 1980-2003. He was Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1980-1985, Director of Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center (1976-80), Deputy Director of the Bureau of Health Manpower, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (1974-76), and the First Medical Director of the National Health Services Corps (1971-73).


Dr. Kindig served as Chair of the federal Council of Graduate Medical Education (1995-1997), President of the Association for Health Services Research (1997-1998), a ProPAC Commissioner from 1991-94 and as Senior Advisor to Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1993-95.


Recent Posts by David Kindig

What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Population Health?

The term population health is much more widely used now than in 2003 when Greg Stoddart and I proposed the following definition: “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” The term is often seen in policy discussion, research,...

April 6, 2015Public Health

Should We Be Done With Describing Health Disparities?

A recent Health Affairs podcast featured a conversation with AcademyHealth president and CEO Lisa Simpson on health disparities along with Darrell Gaskin, the lead of one of the panel sessions at the 2014 National Health Policy Conference (NHPC), “Community Health and Disparity: Moving Beyond...

September 17, 2014Equity and Disparities

Is Non-Profit Hospital Community Benefit Equally Distributed Across States?

Editor's note: In addition to David Kindig, this post is also coauthored by Erik Bakken. In a recent Health Affairs Blog post, Sara Rosenbaum, Amber Rieke, and Maureen Byrnes discuss how IRS Community Benefit expenditures might be better directed to community building and community health...

Will Increased Transparency Requirements For Nonprofit Hospitals Bring Greater Community Health Investments?

Sweeping reforms implemented by the IRS and Treasury in 2009 have pulled back the veil surrounding the community benefit investments required of all nonprofit hospitals seeking federal tax exempt status. Will this new transparency, in combination with important tax law reforms enacted by...

October 24, 2012Following the ACA, Hospitals, Public Health

Do You Really Mean Health Expenditures?

Using the term health expenditures yields a narrow and seriously misleading view of what it will really cost to improve population health. I’ve been worried about this for some time, but most recently while reading the excellent and important new report on For the Public’s Health: Investing in...

August 7, 2012Costs and Spending, Public Health

Beyond The Triple Aim: Integrating The Nonmedical Sectors

Editor’s Note: In a paper in the recently released May/June issue of Health Affairs, Donald Berwick, John Whittington, and Tom Nolan of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement lay out a strategy for improving American health care through the pursuit of the “’Triple Aim’: improving the...

May 19, 2008Following the ACA, Quality