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David J. Ballard, MD, MSPH, PhD, FACP

David J. Ballard, MD, MSPH, PhD, FACP

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management

A global thought leader for Mentice AB, the world’s leading provider of endovascular clinical simulation performance solutions, David is a citizen of the U. S. by birth in Lexington, Kentucky and of Ireland through his maternal grandfather.

A board-certified internist, he trained at Mayo Clinic after degrees in economics, epidemiology and medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) where he was a Morehead Scholar, North Carolina Fellow and junior year Phi Beta Kappa inductee.

David was Associate Professor at Mayo Medical School, Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Virginia and Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine with tenure at Emory University.

He joined the Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) in 1999 as its first Chief Quality Officer (CQO) and, upon the merger of BHCS and Scott & White Health, became CQO of Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH), the largest health care system in Texas with > 1000 clinical care sites, > 100 joint ventures and annual operating budget > $10 billion.

He served on the Board of Managers of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, the BSWH-Kessler/Select rehabilitation and long-term care joint venture board, the High Value Health Care Collaborative board and on the xG Health Advisory Board associated with Geisinger Health System. BHCS/BSWH recognitions under David’s leadership included the Leapfrog Patient-Centered Care Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award of the National Quality Forum. He founded the BSWH’s Value-Based Healthcare Global Institute, providing performance improvement solutions globally.

He joined the executive team of Mentice AB on January 7, 2019 as Executive Vice President/Chief Clinical Officer and as President, Mentice Inc. to partner with health care systems to improve safety and efficiency through endovascular simulation performance solutions. In August 2019 he was elected to the Mentice AB board and appointed to the board of AlertMD board, innovative mobile health platform powered by artificial intelligence and big data.

David serves on several editorial boards, including Health Services Research, the Mayo Clinic Proceedings as Healthcare Policy Section Editor and the Mayo Clinic Proceedings:  Innovations, Quality & Outcomes as Associate Editor. He received the AcademyHealth New Investigator Award (given annually to the outstanding health services researcher < 40 years of age) and the John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year in Health Services Research. His books, Achieving STEEEP Health Care and The Guide to Achieving STEEEP Health Care, received the Shingo Research Award for their contributions to operational excellence.

David served on the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Foundation Board and served on the Ascension’s Gulf Coast Health Ministry Board (and Quality Committee chair). He served on the Board of Trustees of the Lawrenceville School and of the Texas Hospital Association. David received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the UNC School of Medicine in 2008 and the H.A. Tyroler Distinguished Alumnus Award of the UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health in 2019, serves as Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management in the UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health, is a member of the UNC Chancellor’s Global Leadership Council and has been named for the past four years by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety.”

He is currently pursuing an MBA through an MBA@UNC Program Merit Fellowship.


BA, Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1978

MSPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983

MD, Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983

PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990

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