David Zismer

Daniel K. Zismer

Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

About Daniel Zismer

Daniel K. Zismer is an expert in integrated health systems and the interconnected components within the field.

He is a professor in the Health Policy and Management division within the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, where he serves as chair and director of the health care administration and executive studies master’s programs. He also is the university’s Wegmiller Professor in health care administration and an adjunct associate professor in the university’s Division of Medicine.

Before joining the university, Zismer had a 25-year career in health care on provider-side mergers, acquisitions and related integrated strategies. He led two national health care consulting firms (one he co-founded and sold) and headed operations of a large, multi-state, integrated health system.

Zismer is a lecturer for the American Association for Physician Leadership® and the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a board member and adviser to a private health care real estate development company.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health care organizations
  • Integrated health system design, strategy and operations
  • Organizational finance


BA — Psychology, Criminal Justice
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota

PhD — Health psychology (cardiovascular health behavior concentration)
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 


Author and co-author of more than 100 publications.

Identified by Minnesota Physician as one of Minnesota’s 100 “Most Influential Health Care Leaders”; August 1993, 1982-1989