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David Cutler    

Economist, Health Care Advisor to President Obama, Former Member of the Council of Economic Advisors and Harvard Professor of Applied Economics

David Cutler has developed an impressive record of achievement in both academia and the public sector. He served as assistant professor of Economics from 1991 to 1995, was named John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences in 1995 and received tenure in 1997. He is currently the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics and holds secondary appointments at the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health. Cutler was associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Social Sciences from 2003-2008.

Honored for his scholarly work and singled out for outstanding mentorship of graduate students, Cutler's work in health economics and public economics has earned him significant academic and public acclaim. Cutler served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and has advised the Presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley, John Kerry and Barack Obama as well as being senior health care advisor for the Obama Presidential Campaign and a senior fellow for the Center for American Progress. Among other affiliations, Cutler has held positions with the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, Cutler is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. He serves on advisory boards of Genentech and Fidelity Biosciences.

Cutler is author of two books, several chapters in edited books, and many of published papers on the topic s of health care and other public policy topics. Author of Your Money Or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, published by Oxford University Press, this book, and Cutler's ideas, were the subject of a feature article in The New York Times magazine, The Quality Cure, by Roger Lowenstein. Cutler was recently named one of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the 50 most influential men aged 45 and younger by Details magazine.

Cutler received an AB from Harvard University (1987) and a PhD in Economics from MIT (1991).

Speech Topics

What Health Care Reform Means for Businesses

Many businesses are wary of health care reform. Yet health care reform presents opportunities as well as challenges. Dr. David Cutler analyzes the opportunities and challenges that health reform will bring to business. He highlights areas of underexploited value in health care, including chronic care management, administrative simplification, and care coordination. Dr. Cutler shows the public and private sector opportunities associated with each of these areas and how smart businesses can exploit them. He also highlights how the political process approaches reform, and the implications of current public policies for business.

The Value Proposition in Health Care

Building on his phenomenal academic career and extensive experience in health care policy, Dr. David Cutler presents a feasible, sustainable plan for health care reform in the United States. Dr. Cutler focuses on value creation: taking a health care system that is haphazard in quality and too costly and focusing it on the core mission of value enhancement. Dr. Cutler shows how this can be achieved through several key changes: improving the information flow in health care; aligning compensation systems so they reward better care, not just more care; and stressing organizational structures that lead to improved performance. An architect of the Obama plan for health care, Dr. Cutler shows how public and private policies can further the value proposition in health care.


Why New York City's hospitals are headed for disaster | New York Post

New York City's 11 public hospitals are in dire financial straits. ... that were not financially stable, and they did not hurt patients,” says Harvard's David Cutler.

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