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Room 550 WARF
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

Campus Phone Number: 
(608) 263-6294

David Kindig, MD, PhD

  • Professor Emeritus, Population Health Sciences
  • Emeritus Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences


David A. Kindig is Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health. He currently is Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and Co-Directs the Wisconsin site of the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program. He was an initial Co-PI on the Robert Wood Johnson MATCH grant under which the County Health Rankings were developed and was the Founder of the RWJF Roadmaps to HealthPrize. From 2011 to 2103 he was Editor of the Improving Population Health blog.

He received a BA from Carleton College in 1962 and MD and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1968. He completed residency training in Social Pediatrics at Montefiore Hospital in 1971.

Dr. Kindig served as Professor of Preventive Medicine/Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin from 1980-2003. He was Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1980-1985, Director of Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center (1976-80), Deputy Director of the Bureau of Health Manpower, US Department of Health, Education and Welfare (1974-76), and the First Medical Director of the National Health Services Corps (1971-73). He was National President of the Student American Medical Association in 1967-68.

He served as Chair of the federal Council of Graduate Medical Education (1995-1997), President of the Association for Health Services Research (1997-1998), a ProPAC Commissioner from 1991-94 and as Senior Advisor to Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1993-95. In 1996 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He received the Distinguished Service Award, University of Chicago School of Medicine 2003. He chaired the Institute of Medicine Committee on Health Literacy in 2002-2004, chaired Wisconsin Governor Doyle's Healthy Wisconsin Taskforce in 2006, and received the 2007 Wisconsin Public Health Association's Distinguished Service to Public Health Award.

He lives with his wife Margi, has three children and five grandchildren, enjoys wood splitting and fly-fishing, spending spare time in his wilderness cabin in the Michigan Upper Peninsula and reading political biography and western literature.


  • Co-Chair, IOM Roundtable

Select Publications

Kindig D and Cheng E. Even as Mortality Fell in Most US counties, Female Mortality Nevertheless Rose in 42.8 Percent of Counties from 1992 to 2006. Health Affairs 2013; 32(3): 451-458.

Cheng ER, Kindig DA. Disparities in Premature Mortality Between High- and Low-Income US Counties. Prev Chronic Disease 2012; (9): 110-120.

Casper T and Kindig D. Are Community-Level Financial Data Adequate to Assess Population Health Investments? Prev Chronic Dis 2012; 9: 120066.

Bakken E and Kindig D. Is Hospital Community Benefit Charity Care? Wisconsin Medical Journal 2012; 111(5): 215-219.

Kindig DA, Asada Y, Booske B. A Population Health Framework for Setting National and State Health Goals. JAMA 2008; 299(17): 2081-2083.

Kindig DA. Understanding Population Health Terminology. Milbank Quarterly 2007; 85(1): 139-161.

Kindig DA. A Pay-for-Population Health Performance System. JAMA 2006; Vol 296, No. 21, December 6.

Kindig DA, Peppard PE, Booske BC. How Healthy Could a State Be? Public Health Reports 2010; 125(2): 160-167.

Kindig D and Mullahy J. Comparative Effectiveness--Of What? Evaluating Strategies to Improve Population Health. JAMA 2010; 304(8): 901-902.

Kindig DA, Booske BC, Siemering KQ, Henry BL, Remington PL. Observations and Recommendations From the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) Expert Meeting. Prev Chronic Dis 2010; 7(6).

Kindig DA, Stoddard G. What is Population Health? American Journal of Public Health 93(3), 380-383.