Faculty Directory

Michael Zubkoff

Professor of Health Economics and Management, Tuck School and The Dartmouth Institute; Professor and Chair, Dept. of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine; Director, MD/MBA Program at Dartmouth; Faculty Director, Healthcare Initiative






PhD, Columbia University, 1969; MA, Columbia University, 1965; BA, American International College (Westover Air Force Base Extension Program), 1964

Areas of Expertise

Economics, public policy, and management


Investing and Deal Making in Health Care; Medical Care and the Corporation; Structure, Organization and Economics of the Healthcare Industry; Contemporary Issues in Biotechnology

Current Research Topics

  • Measuring variations in the process, outcomes, and costs of medical care for chronic disease patients treated in different systems of care and by different medical specialties
  • Systematically documenting the nature, extent, cause, and cost implications of small area analysis variations in hospital and ambulatory medical care

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 1975–present
  • Geisel School of Medicine, 1975–present
  • Director, MD/MBA Program at Dartmouth, 2001–present
  • Adjunct Professor of Economics and/or Policy Studies, Dartmouth College, 1975–present
  • Associate Professor of Health Economics and Director of Health Services Research Training Program in Economics, Vanderbilt University, 1972–75
  • Vice-Chairman and Associate Professor of Health Economics, Meharry Medical College, 1972–75
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Fisk University, 1967–70
  • Assistant Professor of Health Economics, Meharry Medical College, 1967–70

Nonacademic positions

  • Board of Trustees, American University of Kosovo, 2010–present
  • Adviser and consultant to the White House staffs of presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, and corporate executives
  • Correspondent, Committee on Human Rights, National Academy of Sciences, 1984–present 


  • Member, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, National Academy of Sciences, 2007–present
  • Article of the Year Award, Association for Health Services, 1993
  • National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, elected 1983
  • Who's Who in America, 1975–present

Selected Publications

  • “Economic Impact of a Primary Care Career: A Harsh Reality for Medical Students and the Nation,” Academic Medicine, 85(11), November 2010
  • With K. Shannon, W. Dysinger, E. Nelson, and P. Batalden, "Office of the Future," American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Home Study Program, December 2003 (re-issued 2008)
  • "Cost-Effectiveness of Assertive Community Treatment Versus Standard Case Management for Persons with Co-Occurring Severe Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders," Health Services Research, 33, 1998
  • "A Longitudinal Study of Hospitalization Rates for Patients with Chronic Disease: Results from the Medical Outcomes Study," Health Services Research, 32, 1998
  • "Measuring Resource Use in Economic Evaluations: Determining the Social Costs of Mental Health," The Journal of Mental Health Administration, 21(1), 1994
  • "Health, Society and the Physician: Problem-Based Learning of the Social Sciences and Humanities," Annals of Internal Medicine, 116, 1992
  • "Methods of Sampling," Measuring Functional Status and Well-Being: The Medical Outcomes Study Approach, Duke University Press, 1992
  • "Differences in the Mix of Patients Among Medical Specialties and Systems of Care: Results from the Medical Outcomes Study," Journal of the American Medical Association, 267(12), 1992