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David M Dilts

Director of Strategy Alignment for the Knight Cancer Institute;
Professor of Management and co-director of the Center for Management Research in Healthcare at Oregon Health & Science University

Subject Area(s): Operations Management

Dr. Dilts teaches in the Vanderbilt Owen Executive Development Institute (EDI), is a Professor of Management at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and managing partner for Dilts+Partners, LLC. Prior to this, he was Director of Strategic Alignment for the Knight Cancer Institute and Director of Evaluation for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, both at OHSU. Before going to OHSU, he was the only joint Professor between the Owen Graduate School of Management and School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University, where he continues to teach programs for EDI. He has studied and consulted in multiple industries (including oncology, optometry, automotive, heavy industry, florists), for a diverse set of products (from the Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile to single-use cameras) and on the impact of unique services (from the impact of quality certification on firm stock prices to the key success factors for business incubation). He works frequently with National and International heath agencies in improving their operations. His work has been published in over 220 articles, editorials, conference papers and presentations, book chapters, books and monographs, and his research has been supported at nearly $20 million for the past decade. His work has appeared in Nature Medicine, Science Translational Medicine, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Health Economics. Currently, his firm is working with three National Institutes: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICH) the National Cancer institute (NCI), and the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI) in examining clinical and management processes. He is also working with multiple Australian cancer agencies for the same propose. Additionally, his firm is working with the Children’s Oncology Group to dramatically reduce the time required to get new cancer treatments to children. He is on the editorial board of three journals and is a frequent speaker at national and international academic conferences. His work has resulted in numerous awards, most recently a 2011 National Institutes of Health Award of Merit.

Ph.D., Graduate School of Management, University of Oregon, 1983
Majors: Management Sciences and Production/Operations Management.
Minors: Computer Science, Behavioral Science, and Quantitative Methods.
MBA, Graduate School of Management, University of Oregon, 1973
BS, College of Business, California Polytechnic State University, 1972
Major: Business Administration. Concentration: Computer Science

Other Course(s):
Achieving Operational Excellence, Vanderbilt Executive Development Institute


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