About David

David leads McKinsey’s Center for US Health System Reform and is a leader in our Healthcare Systems & Services Practice in the Americas. He draws on more than 20 years of experience with healthcare stakeholders, including national insurers, health-maintenance organizations, physician groups, hospital systems, pharmacy benefit managers, specialty companies, and large employers.

Based in New York, David advises clients on the development of corporate, business-unit, and functional strategies, as well as on future operating models, organizational redesign, capability-building programs, and pre- and postmerger integration efforts. Recently, David helped an insurer prepare to compete on a regional health exchange by designing and implementing a new high-performance provider network, while testing new products against competitor offerings in an exchange simulation. The network and set of exchange products will allow this insurer to hit price points that are 15 to 25 percent lower than its current offerings, positioning it to gain significant share.

David has published extensively on a variety of healthcare topics, including postreform healthcare, strategies for health plans and exchanges, and transparency in healthcare. He has appeared on television and radio and is an active speaker at many universities and industry forums across the country. He holds a PhD and master’s degree in political philosophy from Oxford University, as well as a bachelor’s degree with honors from Queen’s University in Canada, where he was a gold medalist.

David serves on the advisory boards of the New York Metropolitan Opera and Castlight Health, a provider of healthcare cost-transparency solutions. In 2009, he was a David Rockefeller Fellow with the Partnership for New York City. David also enjoys travel, reading, art, fashion, skiing, cycling, fine food, and wine.

Published work

Understanding and engaging a new era of Medicaid customers,” McKinsey & Company, March 2014

Maximizing value in high-performance networks,” McKinsey & Company, July 2013

The big-data revolution in US health care: Accelerating value and innovation,” McKinsey & Company, April 2013

Accounting for the cost of US health care: Pre-reform trends and the impact of the recession,” McKinsey & Company, December 2011

Past experience

Booz & Company
Senior partner


Oxford University
MPhil and PhD, political philosophy

Queen’s University at Kingston
BA, political philosophy, with honors