Vice President / Healthcare Initiative
David Butz is Vice President, Healthcare Research for WDI’s Healthcare Initiative. He is also Adjunct Lecturer of Business Administration at the University of Michigan’s Ross School. He received his PhD in Economics in 1986 from Northwestern University and then served on the faculty of the Economics Department at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1987-1994. Butz was then part of the University of Michigan Business School faculty from 1994-2002 where he taught core Applied Microeconomics and Operations Management to 1st-year MBAs, and a 2nd-year MBA elective on supply chain management. He has won many teaching awards, and Business Week’s Guide to the Best Business Schools has identified him as one of Michigan’s best teachers. His research focuses on healthcare economics and outcomes. Butz has led a health system strategic pricing initiative, performed an economic analysis of Medical School NIH funding, and continues to develop course content for the UMHS/UMBS leadership development program.