David Nash

David B. Nash

Founding Dean Emeritus

Dr. Raymond C. & Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy,

Jefferson College of Population Health,
Thomas Jefferson University

About David Nash

David Nash is the founding dean and the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon professor of health policy at the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH). A board-certified internist, Dr. Nash is recognized internationally for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, and quality-of-care improvement.

Dr. Nash received his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry before starting governance roles in both the public and private sectors. He served on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners (now Mercy Partners), in Cincinnati, OH (1998–2008), where he was the inaugural chair of the board committee on quality and safety.

He recently concluded his tenure (2009-2017) on the board of Main Line Health, a four-hospital system in suburban Philadelphia, PA, where he also chaired the board committee on quality and safety. In the for-profit sector, Dr. Nash was named to the board of directors for Humana, Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded healthcare companies, in 2009.  In 2014 he joined the board of InfoMC, a leading information technology company in suburban Philadelphia.

Dr. Nash’s work is well-known through his many publications and has been recognized with numerous awards. He has written more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and edited 23 books. Additionally, he received the top recognition award from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy in 1995, the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in 1997, and received the Elliot Stone Award for Leadership in Public Accountability for Health Data from NAHDO in 2006.

Areas of Expertise

  • Training and public speaking
  • Retreat facilitation
  • Strategic planning facilitation 
  • Resolving conflict: mediation to large systems
  • Performance management design and implementation 


BA - Economics, Phi Beta Kappa
Vassar College

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

MBA - Health Administration
 Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania


  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, diplomate
  • Honorary distinguished fellow, ACPE


Chair, technical advisory group, Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
Board of directors, Humana Inc.
Board of directors, Endo Health Solutions, Dublin, Ireland (retired)
Board of directors, Vestagen Technical Textiles Inc.
Board of directors, Main Line Health
Board of trustees, Catholic Healthcare Partners (1998-2008)