David Butz PhD is a health economist and lecturer in the University of Michigan’s medical and business schools. He was an assistant professor at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1987–1994. He has been faculty at the Ross School of Business since 1994, teaching first-year MBA core courses through 2000 and thereafter a “business of health care” graduate elective. He has also taught the core graduate finance course in the School of Public Health and in recent years a medical school elective. He worked full time with the William Davidson Institute from 2015-2021 and continues as a Research Fellow. Since 1999, his consulting clients have included governments and large corporations; U.S. physicians’ groups, health systems and insurers; and various organizations engaged in global health.
Butz’s economics and operations research focuses on surgery, emergency medicine and trauma care; health information systems; and revenue cycle. His domestic research agenda also takes up academic medicine, antitrust and learning health sciences. His work has appeared in leading academic journals.