Position title: Emeritus Professor; Emeritus Vice-Chancellor
Phone: (608) 263-4886
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, carving and fly-fishing, spending time in his Wisconsin Driftless woods and prairie, and reading political biography and western literature. For more see pophealth.org.
- Kindig, David. May 18, 2020. A Population Health Boot Camp. IAPHS Blog.
- Kindig, David. January 20, 2020. Did You Read Any if These Pop Health Policy Articles? IAPHS Blog
- Kindig, D. 2019. Using Uncommon Data to Promote Political Common Ground in Reducing Infant Mortality. Milbank Quarterly ahead of print. 10 December 2019
- Kindig, D and Magnan, S. 2019. Can Academic Population Health Departments Improve Population Health? JAMA Network Open. 2019;2(4):e192205.
- Kindig, D and Milstein, R. A Balanced Investment Portfolio For Equitable Health And Well-Being Is An Imperative, And Within Reach. Health Affairs April 2018 37:4
- Givens, M, Kindig, D, Tran, P, Faust, V. Power: The Most Fundamental Cause of Health Inequity? Health Affairs Blog February 1, 2018
- 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. This paper was Editors Choice 2018.
- Kindig, David. 2017. Population Health Equity: Rate and Burden, Race and Class. JAMA 2017; 317(5):467-468.
- Kindig, David. Feb 3, 2017. Improving Population Health: Continuing the Journey. IAPHS Blog.
- Kindig D, Lardinois N, Chatterjee D. 2016 Can States Simultaneously Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Health Outcome Disparities? Prev Chronic Dis 2016;13:16012
- Kindig David. 2016 To Launch And Sustain Local Health Outcome Trusts, Focus On ‘Backbone’ Resources. Health Affairs Blog February 10, 2016
- Rosenbaum, S., Kindig, D, Byrnes M et al. 2015. In 2011, the Estimated Size of the Nonprofit Hospital Tax Exemption Surpassed $24 Billion. Health Affairs 2015 34:7;1225-1233
- Bakken E, Kindig D. Does nonprofit hospital community benefit vary by state? J Public Health Manag Pract. 2015 Jan-Feb; 21(1):18-22.
- Kindig, D and Bakken, E. Is Non Profit Community Benefit Equally Distributed Across States? Health Affairs blog May 8, 2014
- Kindig D. From Health Determinant Benchmarks to Health Investment Benchmarks. Prev. Chronic Disease 2015 Prev Chronic Dis 2015;12:150010
- Kindig, D. 2015. Can There Be Political Common Ground for Improving Population Health? Milbank Quarterly Volume 93, Issue 1 (pages 24–27)
- Kindig, D. 2015. Improving Our Children’s Health Is An Investment Priority. Milbank Quarterly Volume 93, Issue 2 Pages 255–258
- Kindig D. 2015. What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Population Health? Does Population Health Mean in 2015? Health Affairs blog April 6 2015
- Asada, Y and Kindig D. Should We Be Done with Describing Health Disparities? Health Affairs blog September 17, 2014
- Asada, Y., Whipp, A. Kindig D et al. Inequalities in multiple health outcomes by education, sex, and race in 93 US counties: Why we should measure them all. International Journal for Equity in Health 2014, 13:47
- Kindig, D and Isham, G. Population Health Improvement: A Community Health Business Model That Engages Partners in All Sectors. 2014 Frontiers in Health Services Management 30 (4): 3-20. This paper won the 2014 ACHE Dean Conley Article of the Year Award.
- 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, 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
- Bakken, E and Kindig, D. Could Hospital Community Benefit Enhance Community Health Improvement? Wisc. Med J 2013: 113 (1): 9-10
- 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. A Pay-for-Population Health Performance System. JAMA 296:2611-2613, 2006.
- Kindig, DA. Understanding Population Health Terminology. Milbank Quarterly 2007 85; (1) 139-161.
- Kindig DA, Asada, Y, Booske B.A Population Health Framework for Setting National and State Health Goals. JAMA 299 (17) 2081-2083, 2008.
- Kindig, D. AHSR Presidential Speech: Beyond Health Services Research. Health Services Research 34:1 (April 1999, Part II).pp 205-214 4
- Kindig, D., Stoddart, G. What is Population Health? American Journal of Public Health 93(3): 380-383, 2003.
- Kindig, D.A. Purchasing Population Health: Paying for Results. University of Michigan Press: Ann Arbor, MI, 1997.
- Kindig, D.A. The Health Care System Should Produce Health. On Wisconsin, September/October, 1992, p.25.