Our Founders

Trailblazers who continue to shape the medical industry

John-D.-Birkmeyer.jpgJohn D. Birkmeyer, M.D.

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, ArborMetrix

Dr. Birkmeyer is an internationally recognized leader in performance measurement and improvement. A graduate of Boston College and Harvard Medical School, he received his general surgery training at Dartmouth and joined its faculty in 1996. In 2004, he moved to University of Michigan, where he served as Director of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy and Director of the Michigan Value Collaborative, a statewide value-based purchasing program supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. He returned to Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2014 as Executive Vice President of Integrated Delivery Systems and Chief Academic Officer.

An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine), Dr. Birkmeyer’s research career has focused on measuring and improving hospital outcomes, physician performance and cost-efficiency. He has published over 250 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, which have appeared regularly in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. Dr. Birkmeyer is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of ArborMetrix.

Douglas Doug-Staiger.jpgStaiger, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, ArborMetrix; Chair, Department of Economics, Dartmouth

Dr. Staiger is the John French Professor in Economics at Dartmouth, Chair, Department of Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. from Williams College in 1984 and his Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1990. Before joining the department in 1998, he was a faculty member at Stanford University and Harvard University. In partnership with Dr. Mark McClellan, he developed novel econometric methods for measuring the quality of care of hospitals which have been highly influential in the field. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Health and published in leading economics and medical journals. Dr. Staiger was the recipient of the Arrow Award for the best paper in health economics in 2007 and the Eugene Garfield Economic Impact of Medical and Health Research Award in 2008.

Justin-Dimick.jpgJustin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H.

Co-Founder, ArborMetrix; Director of Policy Research at the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy at the University of Michigan

Dr. Dimick is the George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Associate Chair for Faculty Development at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dimick serves as the Director for the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy at the University of Michigan. He is a national leader in outcomes research and health policy, with over 140 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in NEJM and JAMA. His research focuses on performance measurement, variation in hospital quality, and cost-quality relationships. With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), his current research is evaluating Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policies for improving surgical care, including selective referral, pay-for-performance, and episode bundled payments. Dr. Dimick has served as an advisor on issues related to quality measurement for several organizations, including the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC), Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), The Leapfrog Group, and the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP).