David B. Nash, MD, MBA

Dr Nash was named the Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health (JSPH) in 2008. This appointment caps a 20-year tenure on the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University. He is also the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy. JSPH provides innovative educational programming designed to develop healthcare leaders for the future. Its offerings include Masters programs in Public Health, Healthcare Quality and Safety, Health Policy, and Applied Health Economics. JSPH also offers a doctoral program in Population Health Science.
Dr Nash is a board-certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development, and quality-of-care improvement. In 1995, he received the top recognition award from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. He received the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in October 1997, and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in 1998. In 2006, he received the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data from the National Association of Health Data Organizations. In 2009, Dr Nash received the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award. In 2012, he received both the Joseph Wharton Award in recognition of his “social impact” and the Philadelphia Business Journal Innovation Award.
Repeatedly named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, Dr Nash’s national activities cover a wide scope. He is on the VHA Center for Applied Healthcare Studies Advisory Board, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Population Health Alliance (formerly DMAA). Dr Nash is a principal faculty member for quality-of-care programming for the American College of Physician Executives in Tampa, FL, and he leads the academic joint venture between the ACPE and the JSPH.
Dr Nash has chaired the Technical Advisory Group of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council for more than a decade, and he is widely recognized as a pioneer in public reporting of outcomes. He is on the Board of Main Line Health, a 4-hospital system in suburban Philadelphia, PA. From 1998 to 2008, Dr Nash served on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, OH, where he chaired the Board Committee on Quality and Safety.
He has authored more than 100 articles in major journals and has edited 22 books, including Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer, The Quality Solution, Governance for Healthcare Providers Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness, and most recent, Demand Better. From 1984 to 1989, Dr Nash was Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine. Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of 4 major national journals, including American Journal of Medical Quality, Population Health Management, Pharmacy & Therapeutics, and American Health & Drug Benefits.
Dr Nash received his BA in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College, his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and his MBA in Health Administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Pennsylvania, he was a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and Medical Director of a 9-physician faculty group practice in general internal medicine.

Last modified: February 26, 2019
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