David A. Lubarsky

David A. Lubarsky

Chief Medical and Systems Integration Officer
University of Miami Health System (UHealth)

Emanuel M Papper Professor and Chairman
Department of Anesthesiology,
Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

DR. DAVID A. LUBARSKY is the Chief Medical and Systems Integration Officer of the University of Miami Health System (UHealth). In that role since 2012, he has championed standardization while having provided oversight of the four hospital and practice CMO’s, Chief Medical Risk Officer, Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer, and the Director of Patient and Visitor Services among others. Under his leadership, many new central offices were created including a system Safety and Quality office, a system Safety and Quality Governing Board, a system CMO council, a system wide infection control and antibiotic stewardship program, a new system risk management program and Self Insurance Governing Board, and a central project management office, which was instrumental in his successful oversight of UHealth’s seamless ICD-10 conversion. He runs the medical center’s government affairs task force focused on guiding UM through the complicated realm of state and federal funding streams, and has been a state and national spokesman in this regard. Recently, he negotiated a comprehensive retail health relationship with Walgreens on behalf of UHealth. In 2011, Dr. Lubarsky was named the first Chief Executive Officer of the UHealth Physician Practice, centralizing oversight and scheduling of the 1100 physician, $600MM practice. He drove the largest annual growth (17% clinic visits, 26% procedures) in the history of UM during a yearlong tenure. Part of that was due to the introduction of six sigma concepts, and creation of an Office of Process Improvement. After delivering a $100MM turnaround for the practice, he turned over the reins in late 2012 to take on his current role.

Since late 2001, he has also served as the Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, turning around the largest anesthesia training program in the world, with 130 interns, residents, and fellows and 50 student nurse anesthetists. The department oversees a budget in excess of $100MM, and covers 12 OR suites and > 90,000 anesthetics annually along with running a much heralded Center for Patient Safety dedicated to reducing patient harm through simulation and team training. It is now hailed as one the finest places to train in the nation. Since 2001, he has been a Professor at the University of Miami School of Business, serving in both Health Sector Policy and Management and the Department of Management, where he teaches about physician behaviors, negotiations and incentive plans. From 1988-2001, Dr. Lubarsky was a tenured Professor and Vice Chair of Anesthesiology at Duke, and adjunct professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business from 1999-2002.
With over 100 peer-reviewed publications and hundreds of invited lectures, Dr. Lubarsky is noted for his contributions to healthcare economics, informatics, and OR management, having published several articles defined as “landmark” contributions. He is one of the top 100 published practicing anesthesiologists in the U.S. He has provided consulting services to a large number of healthcare companies in the business of medicine, pharmaco-economics, EMR development, and anesthesia group management and is hailed for being able to synthesize win-win value propositions. In addition, he is the foremost medicolegal expert on lethal injection, having published a seminal article in 2005 in Lancet on the subject and served as an expert witness on several cases heard by the Supreme Court of the U.S.
Dr. Lubarsky earned his BA majoring in History (1980) and MD (1984) at Washington University in St. Louis. He was the first graduate from their combined undergraduate–medical school curriculum, the Scholars Program in Medicine. He completed 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.

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