David Lubarsky

a portrait of David Lubarsky of UC Davis Health

Position Title
Vice Chancellor, Human Health Sciences and Chief Executive Officer, UC Davis Health


Dr. David Lubarsky is the vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer for UC Davis Health (UCDH), overseeing the UC Davis School of Medicine (SOM), the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, a 1,000-member physician practice group, and the UC Davis Medical Center, a 625-bed Level 1 Trauma hospital that is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by Becker’s and US News & World Report. UCDH has an annual operating budget of $3.4 billion, 14,000 employees, 1,000 students, 1,000 graduate medical education trainees, and 1,000 faculty members with over one million patient visits each year.

UC Davis Health’s academic programs include nationally lauded training programs that embrace diversity and the need to provide California’s rural communities with practitioners. In his first year, the SOM recruited its most diverse class in its history and received an AMA grant in partnership with OHSU to re-design UME and GME training programs to include rural partners and encourage placement in those communities. The schools are centers of biomedical discoveries helping to advance health around the world, with the SOM ranked in the top 30 nationally for medical research. Both schools are devoted to improving lives and transforming health care - from making cutting-edge cell and gene therapy better and more affordable – to investigating how to best achieve healthy aging in today’s digital world.

Since joining UC Davis Health in July 2018, Dr. Lubarsky has recommitted the organization to expanding care for the underserved, while creating a sustainable economic model. His leadership has earned UC Davis Health public acknowledgment as a strategic ally of the county of Sacramento and as a leader in caring for Medi-Cal patients. He has established groundbreaking partnerships with state and local governments, technology companies and other health systems to extend care to the homeless and the aged and to reduce disparities in access and outcomes in both rural areas and the urban core. Dr. Lubarsky has focused on a core strategy of completing and not competing with other systems in the region, rapidly enlarging a network of formal partnership programs with more than 20 community hospitals in the region, and engaging them not as referral sources, but as truly bi-directional partners - all dedicated to providing better care closer to patients’ homes. In his first 18 months, the system has grown 20%, breaking out of a previously stagnant market position.

Dr. Lubarsky is positioning UC Davis Health to advance health care and science into the future with nation-leading models of teaching team-based care, whole-person wellness and innovative programs utilizing technology while maintaining a patient-centric ethic of care. A committed academic physician with more than 100 peer reviewed publications, he is a UC Davis professor of anesthesiology and nursing, a faculty member of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management Graduate Group, and a Governor Newsom appointee to the Governor’s statewide Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force.