David Lubarsky, MD MBA
David Lubarsky, MD MBA, 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, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 625-bed acute-care hospital.
With roughly 10,000 employees, nearly 800 students, an annual operating budget of $1.9 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.
Before joining UC Davis, Dr. Lubarsky served for six years as the chief medical officer and systems integration officer at the University of Miami Health System (UHealth). Dr. Lubarsky previously served as the first CEO of the UHealth Physician Practice, where he prioritized superior patient care and health education and research as a core academic mission and positioned the $2 billion University of Miami hospital system optimal financial performance.
Committed to academics as well as leadership, Dr. Lubarsky served from 2001 to 2018 as the Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, the world’s largest anesthesia training program. The department ran a heralded Center for Patient Safety dedicated to reducing patient harm through simulation and team training. Lubarsky also was a professor at the University of Miami’s School of Business, serving in both health sector policy and management and the Department of Management, teaching population health, behavioral economics, physician behaviors, patient safety, negotiations and incentive plans.
From 1988 to 2001, Lubarsky was a tenured professor and vice chair of anesthesiology at Duke University, and adjunct professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business from 1999 to 2002.
With more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and hundreds of invited lectures, Lubarsky is noted for his contributions to health care economics, informatics and OR management. He is one of the top 100 published practicing anesthesiologists in the United States and has provided consulting services to a large number of health care companies.
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 MBA (1999) from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and was honored as a Fuqua Scholar, graduating at the top of his class.
UC Davis Chancellor Gary May calls him a problem solver and change maker. And if Lubarsky has any free time, you can often find him on long rides around the region on his bike.