John D. Birkmeyer, M.D.
George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery
University of Michigan Health System
2920F Taubman Center SPC 5331
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5331
John D. Birkmeyer, M.D, a graduate of Boston College and Harvard Medical School, completed his General Surgery residency and a fellowship in Outcomes Research at Dartmouth. He then joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1996, later serving as Chief of the Section of General Surgery. He moved to the University of Michigan in 2004, where he is the George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery and Director of M-SCORE. Dr. Birkmeyer has broad interests in outcomes research, claims data analysis, and value-based purchasing strategies in surgery. With funding from the National Cancer Institute, his current research is exploring why some hospitals and surgeons have better outcomes than others, with ultimate goal of improving care in all settings. Research funded by the National Institute on Aging is aimed at developing hospital-level measures of costs and quality with administrative data. He chairs the expert panel on evidence-based hospital referral for the Leapfrog Group, a large coalition of public and private health care purchasers. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.