David A. Kindig
"For me, THE population health question is. what is the optimal balance of investments (e.g., dollars, time, policies). in the multiple determinants of health (e.g., behavior, environment, socioeconomic status, medical care, genetics). over the life course. that will maximize overall health outcomes. and minimize health inequities at the population level?"
David A. Kindig, MD, Ph.D.
David A. Kindig is Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine. He also serves as Senior Advisor to the Wisconsin Public Health and Health Policy Institute.
He received a B.A. from Carleton College in 1962 and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1968. He completed residency training in Social Pediatrics at Montefiore Hospital in 1971.
Dr. Kindig served as Professor of Preventive Medicine/Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin from 1980-2003, where he developed a unique distance education graduate degree in medical management. 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 has written extensively on the health profession's workforce, medical management and other health policy issues. During 1995-96, he completed a one-year sabbatical in York, England and Vancouver, British Columbia, focusing on population health economics, which culminated in a book titled, "Purchasing Population Health, Paying for Results," published by the University of Michigan Press. Current research interests include population health outcomes, equity in health, health literacy, and population health economics.
He lives with his wife Margi, has three children and four grandchildren, enjoys tennis and fly-fishing, spends spare time in his wilderness cabin in the Michigan Upper Peninsula and in Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico, and reading political biography and western literature.