David Cutler, Ph.D.

Dr. David Cutler has developed an impressive record of exceptional achievement in both academia and the public sector.  He was Senior Health Care Advisor to Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign and served on the Council of Economic Advisors and National Economic Council under President Clinton. Dr. Cutler now works closely with members of Congress, state governments, corporations and private interest groups to formulate strategies for health-care reform and has done pioneering research on the value of medical innovation and strategies to improve the return on our health care dollars.

Currently, Dr. Cutler is the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics at Harvard University and is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  His focus is on value creation: taking a health care system that is haphazard in quality and too costly and centering it on the core mission of value enhancement.  In his compelling presentations, Dr. Cutler discusses with audiences the opportunities and challenges of health care reform, how the political process approaches reform and the implications of current public policies for businesses and individuals.

ABOUT David Cutler, Ph.D.   (+/-)

Lauded Economic Scholar and Thought-Leader

Honored for his scholarly activities and singled out for outstanding mentorship of graduate students, Dr. Cutler's work in health economics and public economics has earned him significant academic and public acclaim.  At Harvard University, he served as Assistant Professor of Economics from 1991 to 1995, was named John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences in 1995, and received tenure in 1997. In addition to his current role in the department of economics and Kennedy School of Government, Dr. Cutler recently completed a five-year term as associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Social Sciences.  Among other affiliations, Dr. Cutler has held positions with the National Institutes of Health and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Acclaimed Author, Distinguished Health Care Expert

Dr. Cutler is the author of Your Money Or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, which was the subject of a feature article in the New York Times Magazine.  Dr. Cutler was recently named one of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the 50 most influential men aged 45 and younger by Details magazine.



What Health Care Reform Means for Businesses

Many businesses are wary of health care reform.  Yet it presents opportunities as well as challenges.  Dr. David Cutler analyzes the opportunities and challenges that health reform will bring to business.    He highlights areas of underexploited value in health care, including chronic care management, administrative simplification, and care coordination.  Dr. Cutler shows the public and private sector opportunities associated with each of these areas and how smart businesses can exploit them. He also highlights how the political process approaches reform, and the implications of current public policies for business.

The Value Proposition in Health Care

Building on his phenomenal academic career and extensive experience in health care policy, Dr. David Cutler presents a feasible, sustainable plan for health care reform in the United States.  Dr. Cutler focuses on value creation: taking a health care system that is haphazard in quality and too costly and focusing it on the core mission of value enhancement.  Dr. Cutler shows how this can be achieved through several key changes: improving the information flow in health care; aligning compensation systems so they reward better care, not just more care; and stressing organizational structures that lead to improved performance.  An architect of the Obama plan for health care, Dr. Cutler shows how public and private policies can further the value proposition in health care.