•  UC Davis Health: Medical Center

David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.

David A. LubarskyDavid Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., is the vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer for UC Davis Health. He oversees UC Davis Health’s academic, research and clinical programs, including the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, the community network, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 625-bed Level 1 Trauma hospital consistently ranked at the top of the nation by U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s. With 14,000 employees, 1,000 students, 1,000 faculty members, an annual operating budget of $3 billion, and around one million outpatient visits each year, UC Davis Health is a major contributor to the health and economy of the Sacramento region, and is a center of biomedical discoveries that help advance health around the world, ranked in the top 30 nationally for medical research.

Since joining UC Davis Health in July 2018, Lubarsky has re-energized the health system. He recommitted the organization to expanding care for the underserved, earning UC Davis Health public acknowledgment as a leader in caring for Medi-Cal patients and others with few resources. Among the new initiatives, Lubarsky established a partnership with Sacramento County Health Services to expand primary and specialty care to the underserved, reform the managed care system, and to address the crisis in mental illness and homelessness. He also strengthened the system’s many community connections, reaching many more people who need UC Davis Health’s world-class care and positioning UC Davis Health as a resource to complete, not compete with, other health systems.


An interview with Dr. David Lubarsky

A strong proponent of physicians and academic medical centers playing a leading role in shaping health care policy, he brought all 1,000 physicians into the California Medical Association and its Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. He embraces team practice and advanced nursing practice, with the Schools of Medicine and Nursing pursuing new levels of interprofessional learning, training and practice.

Serving more than half of California’s counties as the only academic medical center between San Francisco and Portland, he partnered with Adventist Health and the California Medical Association to address recruiting, training and retaining doctors in rural areas throughout Northern California, and championed novel training programs to advance rural and inner city care now embraced by the AMA as national models. To adapt to health care’s evolution and leverage UC Davis’ early success in creating California’s telehealth backbone, he’s creating a digital platform and virtual hospital to lead in technology and connectivity and reinforce the values of empathy, inclusivity and a patient-centric ethic.

I believe everything we do should be about bringing greater health to the people we serve.

— David Lubarsky, UC Davis Health chief executive officer 

A committed academic physician, he is a UC Davis professor of anesthesiology, nursing and business. Before joining UC Davis, Lubarsky spent six years as chief medical officer and systems integration officer at the University of Miami Health System, pioneering the current integrated structure as the first CEO of the system’s 1,100 physician practice. From 2001–2018, he was also a professor of anesthesiology and department chair in UM’s Miller School of Medicine, while serving as a professor in the Schools of Business and Nursing. Before Miami, Lubarsky was a professor and vice chair at Duke University and adjunct professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He’s one of the top 100 published anesthesiologists in America, with several articles defined as landmark contributions.

Lubarsky earned his Bachelor of Arts in history (1980) and medical degree (1984) at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed an anesthesia residency and a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia and clinical research at New York University Medical Center. He received his M.B.A. (1999) from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, graduating at the top of his class.

UC Davis Chancellor Gary May calls him a problem solver and change maker. And if Dr. Lubarsky has any free time, you can often find him on long rides around the region on his bike.

UC Davis Medical Center, based in Sacramento, Calif., is a nationally renowned academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health.

A few highlights:

  • A 625-bed multispecialty academic medical center
  • Serves 33 counties covering a 65,000-square-mile area north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada
  • Ranked Sacramento's top hospital by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the top five in California

Centers of excellence include:

  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers nationwide
  • State-of-the-art emergency departments that include the region's only Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers
  • The internationally recognized UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders
  • UC Davis Children's Hospital, a nationally ranked pediatric hospital with more than 120 physicians in 33 pediatric subspecialties
  • A pioneering telehealth program, which gives remote, underserved communities access to academic specialty and subspecialty care

To learn more, visit the medical center site.

The Practice Management Group (TPMG) represents all organized medical group practices of UC Davis Health’s primary and specialty care faculty physicians. The group's purpose is to serve the health system’s missions through high-quality, cost-effective care delivery. By delegation from the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean, TPMG has shared responsibility for the clinical operations of the health system's professional practice activities.

The formation of TPMG is an important step in formalizing the leadership of the health system's medical group practices and in refining the role of its group practice in achieving the health system's research, teaching, patient care and community engagement goals. Its primary goal is to maintain a clinical practice that distinguishes UC Davis Health as a leading faculty and academic health center.

Specific goals of TPMG include:

  • Increasing efficiency of practice and revenue
  • Decreasing practice expenses
  • Reducing silos and improving integration
  • Identifying areas to increase quality
  • Aligning incentives

David H. Wisner is the executive director of the Practice Management Group, overseeing faculty practice operations as well as the overall vision and strategic direction of TPMG and its day-to-day activities. Wisner collaborates with the leadership of the School of Medicine and medical center to set and achieve joint strategic goals across the health system.

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UC Davis School of Medicine is one of the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school places in the top 20 percent of institutions in the country for research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is home to one of the nation’s inaugural Clinical Translational Science Centers.

A few highlights include:

  • A national reputation for life-changing biomedical discoveries
  • A passion for clinical care and a commitment to engaging people from underserved communities and advancing rural health
  • Fully accredited master’s degree programs in public health and in informatics
  • A combined M.D.-Ph.D. program that is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care

The Dean’s Departments and Offices include:

Additional departments:

To learn more, visit the UC Davis School of Medicine website.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis cultivates academic excellence and addresses urgent, societal needs through leadership development, interprofessional education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology. The school plays a critical role in preparing nurse leaders who will shape the future of health care and inform health policy.

The School of Nursing has five research focus areas: chronic disease management, health technology, pain management, Healthy People and Healthy Systems. Faculty come from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, business administration, sociology, gerontology, medicine, information technology and psychology. School of Nursing students engage in classroom and clinical environments with students in the School of Medicine, health informatics and other health-related programs.

A few highlights include:

To learn more, visit the School of Nursing’s website.