Who We Are

Dr. David Auerbach

David M. Auerbach, MD is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and a staff physician at the Dallas VA Medical Center, where he practices general internal medicine and teaches residents and medical students.

His particular interest is health economics and health policy. He is the developer and faculty sponsor of an elective course for medical students at UT Southwestern, “Introduction to Health Economics – Concepts and Controversies in Heath Care Reform.” Dr. Auerbach has wide experience in health care management and consulting. His expertise is in methods of improving the quality and cost effectiveness of health care. He has designed and directed successful clinical effectiveness programs, clinical resource management programs, and Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial HMO programs. He has held senior leadership positions in several large, complex health care organizations.

Prior to joining Southwestern Medical Center, he was Vice President of Quality Management at Shands Health Care (University of Florida) and Director of Quality Management Services at UCLA Medical Center.

A board certified internist, Dr. Auerbach holds BA and MD degrees from the State University of New York and completed fellowship training at UCLA. He also earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. From 1981-1983 he served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control, where he directed West Coast epidemiological studies of the earliest cases of AIDS.

Eric L Gustafson

Is a third year medical student at UT Southwestern applying in Ophthalmology.  He studied personal finance and accounting at Olin School of Business at Washington University while completing a BA in Neuroscience.  Eric developed a brand new personal finance elective for the Allied Health Professionals of UTSW.  Now he manages this blog and argues with Dr. Auerbach about the macroeconomics of the healthcare system.