Faculty Directory

Michael Zubkoff

Professor of Health Economics & Management, Tuck School, The Dartmouth Institute, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Director, MD/MBA Program at Dartmouth; Associate Dean, Geisel School of Medicine






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

Areas of Expertise

Health 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


Professor Zubkoff’s teaching and research focuses on health care economics and management. 

Current Research Topics

  • Identifying and understanding the differing perspectives within the health care value chain, including providers, suppliers, payers and consumers, and examining the market dynamics among these players
  • Measuring variations in the process, outcomes, and costs of medical care for patients treated in different systems of care
  • Examining the critical issues facing business leaders as they approach and finance health benefits for employees, manage cost, and choose the strategies for recruiting and retaining a productive workforce
  • Understanding the nuances related to health care investing, including the impact of regulation, reimbursement and health reform 

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 1975–present
  • Director, MD-MBA Program at Dartmouth, 1995–present
  • Professor and Chair of Department of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 1975–2015
  • Associate Professor of Health Economics, and Director of Health Services Research Training Program in Economics, Vanderbilt University, 1972–75
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Fisk University, 1967–70
  • Vice-Chair, Department of Family and Community Health, Meharry Medical College, 1967–75

Nonacademic positions

  • Board of Trustees, American University of Kosovo, 2010–present
  • Correspondent, Committee on Human Rights, National Academy of Sciences, 1984–present
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Health Assessment Laboratory/Medical Outcomes Trust, a not-for-profit charitable trust that holds title to the SF-36 and SF-12 patient reported functional status instruments     
  • Adviser and consultant to the White House staffs of presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, and corporate executives


  • Who's Who in America, 1975–present
  • Member, National Academy of Medicine, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, elected 1983
  • Member, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, National Academy of Sciences, 2007–13
  • Article of the Year Award, Prize for best paper of the year awarded by Association for Health Services Research, 1993
  • Article of the Year Award, Prize for best paper of the year awarded by Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 1989

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