David Muhlestein

Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Leavitt Partners

David Muhlestein, PhD, JD, is Chief Research and Innovation Officer for Health Management Associates. He is responsible for the firm’s self-directed research and supports strategic planning and innovation.

David’s research and expertise centers on healthcare payment and delivery transformation, understanding healthcare markets, and evaluating how the broader healthcare system is changing. He is a self-identified data nerd and regularly speaks and writes about healthcare system evolution.

David joined HMA via its acquisition of Leavitt Partners in 2021 where he was the Chief Strategy and Chief Research Officer.

Additionally, David is a Visiting Policy Fellow at the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University, Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Public Health and is a Visiting Fellow at the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative.  He previously served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.

David earned his PhD in health services management and policy, JD, MHA, and MS from The Ohio State University, and a BA from Brigham Young University.