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David  Cutler

David Cutler

Harvard Professor of Applied Economics & Author


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, Professor David Cutler has earned significant academic and public acclaim for his work in health economics and public economics. He is the author of two books, several chapters in edited books, and many published papers on the topics of healthcare and other public policy topics. His book Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Healthcare System was the subject of a feature article—“The Quality Cure” by Roger Lowenstein—in The New York Times Magazine. Read More >

Professor Cutler has developed an impressive record of achievement in both academia and the public sector. He served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration and has advised the presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley, John Kerry, and President Barack Obama. He has also been senior healthcare advisor for the Obama campaign and a senior fellow for the Center for American Progress. At Harvard, Professor Cutler 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. He is currently the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics and holds secondary appointments at the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health. He was associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for social sciences from 2003 to 2008.

Among other affiliations, Professor Cutler has held positions with the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences. He is currently a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine, and a fellow of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. He serves on the advisory boards of Genentech and Fidelity Biosciences.

Professor David Cutler received an AB from Harvard University and a PhD in economics from MIT. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

What Healthcare Reform Means for Business

Many businesses are wary of healthcare reform because of the challenges it presents. Yet healthcare reform also offers opportunity. In this presentation, speaker David Cutler highlights areas of underexploited value in healthcare, including chronic care management, administrative simplification, and care coordination. He shows the public and private sector opportunities associated with each of these areas and how smart businesses can take advantage of them. He also highlights the effects current public policies will have on business.

The Value Proposition in Healthcare

Building on his phenomenal academic career and extensive experience in healthcare policy, speaker David Cutler presents a feasible, sustainable plan for healthcare reform in the United States. He focuses on value creation—taking an expensive healthcare system that is haphazard in quality and focusing on enhancing its value—and shows how this can be achieved through several key changes, including improving the information flow in healthcare; 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 healthcare, Dr. Cutler shows how public and private policies can further the value proposition in healthcare.