Emeritus Professor; Emeritus Vice-Chancellor
David Kindig, MD, PhD
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 was founding Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and Co-Directed the Wisconsin site of the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program. He was an initial Co-PI on the Robert Wood Johnson MATCH grant under which the County Health Rankings were developed and was the Founder of the RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize. From 2011 to 2013 he was Editor of the Improving Population Health blog.
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. 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). He was National President of the Student American Medical Association in 1967-68.
He served as Chair of the federal Council of Graduate Medical Education (1995-1997), President of the Association for Health Services Research (1997-1998), a ProPAC Commissioner from 1991-94 and as Senior Advisor to Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1993-95. In 1996 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He received the Distinguished Service Award, University of Chicago School of Medicine 2003. He chaired the Institute of Medicine Committee on Health Literacy in 2002-2004, chaired Wisconsin Governor Doyle’s Healthy Wisconsin Taskforce in 2006, and received the 2007 Wisconsin Public Health Association’s Distinguished Service to Public Health Award.
He lives with his wife Margi, has three children and eight grandchildren, enjoys wood splitting and fly-fishing, spending spare time in his wilderness cabin in the Michigan Upper Peninsula and reading political biography and western literature.
- Kindig, D and Milstein, R. A Balanced Investment Portfolio For Equitable Health And Well-Being Is An Imperative, And Within Reach. Forthcoming Health Affairs April 2018
- Givens, M, Kindig, D, Tran, P, Faust, V. Power: The Most Fundamental Cause of Health Inequity? Health Affairs Blog February 1, 2018 10.1377/HBLOG20180129.731387
- Population Health Performance Index Calculator. UW Population Health Institute. https://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu/phpi/index.php
- Kindig D, Lardinois N, Asada Y Mullahy J. Considering Mean and Inequality Health Outcomes Together: the Population Health Performance Index. 2018 International Journal for Equity in Health (2018) 17:25 DOI 10.1186/s12939-018-0731-2
- Kindig, David, Nobles,Jenna, Zidan, Moheb. 2018 “Meeting the Institute of Medicine’s 2030 US Life Expectancy Target”, American Journal of Public Health 108, no. 1 (January 1, 2018): pp. 87-92. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304099
- Kindig, David. 2017. Population Health Equity: Rate and Burden, Race and Class. JAMA 2017; 317(5):467-468.
- Kindig, D, Lardinois N, Chatterjee D. Can States Simultaneously Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Health Outcome Disparities? Prev. Chronic Disease August 2016
- Kindig D. What are we talking about when we talk about population health? Health Affairs blog April 16 2016
- Kindig David. 2016 To Launch And Sustain Local Health Outcome Trusts, Focus On ‘Backbone’ Resources. Health Affairs Blog February 10, 2016
- Kindig, D. 2015. Can There Be Political Common Ground for Improving Population Health? Milbank Quarterly Volume 93, Issue 1 (pages 24–27)
- Kindig D. From Health Determinant Benchmarks to Health Investment Benchmarks. Prev Chronic Dis 2015;12:150010.
- Bakken E, Kindig D. Does nonprofit hospital community benefit vary by state? J Public Health Manag Pract. 2015 Jan-Feb;21(1):18-22.
- Rosenbaum, S., Kindig, D, Byrnes M et al. The Estimated Size of the Nonprofit Hospital Tax Exemption Was $24.2 Billion in 2011. Health Aff July 2015 vol. 34 no. 7 1225-1233
- Kindig, D and Isham, G. Population Health Improvement: A Community Health Business Model That Engages Partners in All Sectors. Frontiers of Health Services Management. 30(4): 3-20, 2014.
- Kindig, D and Cheng, E. Even as Mortality Fell in Most US counties, Female Mortality Nevertheless Rose in 42.8 percent of Counties from 1992 to 2006. Health Affairs 2013 32 (3): 451-458.
- Cheng ER, Kindig DA. Disparities in premature mortality between high- and low-income US counties. Prev Chronic Disease 2012 (9):110-120.
- Casper, T. and Kindig, D. Are Community-Level Financial Data Adequate to Assess Population Health Investments? Prev Chronic Dis 2012;9:120066.
- Bakken, E. and Kindig D. Is Hospital Community Benefit Charity Care? Wisconsin Medical Journal 111 (5): 215-219, 2012.
- Kindig DA, Asada Y, Booske B. A Population Health Framework for Setting National and State Health Goals. JAMA 299 (17) 2081-2083, 2008.
- Kindig DA. Understanding Population Health Terminology. Milbank Quarterly 2007 85 (1) 139-161.
- Kindig DA. A Pay-for-Population Health Performance System. JAMA Vol 296, No. 21 December 6, 2006.
- Kindig, DA, Peppard PE, Booske BC. How healthy could a state be? Public Health Reports 125(2): 160-167, 2010.
- Kindig, D and Mullahy, J. Comparative Effectiveness- Of What? Evaluating Strategies to Improve Population Health. JAMA. 2010;304(8):901-902.
- Kindig DA, Booske BC, Siemering KQ, Henry BL, Remington PL. Observations and recommendations From the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) Expert Meeting. Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(6).
- Kindig, DA, Stoddard G. What is population health? American Journal of Public Health. 2003;93(3), 380-383.