David Lubarsky

UC Davis Vice Chancellor David Lubarsky

Position Title
Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences


David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., is the vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer for UC Davis Health, a nationally ranked leader in health care education, research and patient care. He oversees UC Davis Health’s academic, research and clinical programs, including the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 627-bed acute-care hospital. With roughly 10,000 employees, nearly 800 students, an annual operating budget of $1.9 billion, $264.2 million in extramural funding (FY17), and around one million outpatient visits each year, UC Davis Health is a major contributor to the health and economy of the Sacramento region and is a center of biomedical discoveries that help advance health around the world.

Before joining UC Davis, Lubarsky served for six years as the chief medical officer and systems integration officer at the University of Miami Health System (UHealth). In that role, he championed standardization and provided oversight for four hospital and practice chief medical officers, the chief medical risk officer, chief patient safety and quality officer, and the director of patient and visitor services. Under his leadership, UHealth’s state and federal funding expanded by more than $100 million per year, and the organization successfully negotiated a comprehensive retail health relationship with Walgreens.

Previous transformational roles held by Lubarsky include serving as the first CEO of the UHealth Physician Practice, where he prioritized superior patient care and health education, optimal financial performance, and research as a core academic mission. He drove the largest annual growth (17% clinic visits, 26% procedures) in the history of the university, and positioned the $2 billion University of Miami hospital system for risk assumption. Lubarsky championed Six Sigma and lean concepts, setting up system-wide training. As senior associate dean for safety, quality and risk prevention from 2007 to 2011, Lubarsky drove system malpractice costs down by 80%, saving $100 million annually.

Committed to academics as well as leadership, Lubarksy served from 2001 to 2018 as the Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, reinvigorating the largest anesthesia training program in the world, with 132 interns, residents and fellows, and 60 student nurse anesthetists. In addition to covering a dozen OR suites and more than 100,000 anesthetics annually, the department ran a heralded Center for Patient Safety dedicated to reducing patient harm through simulation and team training, which was hailed as one of the finest academic anesthesia training programs in the nation. Lubarsky also was a professor at the University of Miami’s School of Business, serving in both health sector policy and management and the Department of Management, teaching population health, behavioral economics, physician behaviors, patient safety, negotiations and incentive plans. From 1988 to 2001, Lubarsky was a tenured professor and vice chair of anesthesiology at Duke University, and adjunct professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business from 1999 to 2002.

With more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and hundreds of invited lectures, Lubarsky is noted for his contributions to health care economics, informatics and OR management, having published several articles defined as landmark contributions. He is one of the top 100 published practicing anesthesiologists in the United States and has provided consulting services to a large number of health care companies in the business of medicine, pharmaco-economics, EHR development, and anesthesia group management, and is noted for his ability to synthesize win-win value propositions.

Lubarsky earned his Bachelor of Arts in history (1980) and medical degree (1984) at Washington University in St. Louis. He graduated in the first class of the university’s Scholars Program in Medicine. He completed an anesthesia residency and a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia and clinical research at New York University Medical Center. He received his MBA (1999) from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and was honored as a Fuqua Scholar, graduating at the top of his class.