Dr. Daniel DeBehnke is a Managing Director within the Navigant Healthcare Strategic Solutions practice with special expertise in academic health systems and academic medicine. DeBehnke is a highly-regarded healthcare leader with nearly 30 years of academic medicine experience. A board-certified emergency medicine physician, Dr. DeBehnke has practiced on the front lines of level 1 trauma centers, led a research laboratory as a funded investigator, participated on NIH review panels, and served as the Chief Executive Officer of both a large academic faculty practice plan and an academic health system. With more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and 20 book chapters, Dr. DeBehnke understands well the unique and vital role that academic health systems and academic medicine play in healthcare delivery. He is an accomplished physician executive dedicated to leading strategic transformation that promotes the quadruple aim along with sustained financial performance. He has shown the ability to build strong relationships with key partners and stakeholders and is passionate about transforming the healthcare delivery system to be "forward compatible" with the future of healthcare.
Strategic Planning and Development: Supports senior leadership teams in developing strategies for smart growth and future success. In academic health systems, works collaboratively with leaders across all missions to develop aligned and complimentary strategies that improve healthcare and support innovation, discovery, and the education of the next generation of providers.
Financial Performance: Collaborates with leadership teams to develop durable plans for top-line revenue growth and cost structure management. Experienced in all aspects of academic health system finances and funds flow. Supports academic and clinical leaders in developing models for strong health system financial performance and investment in the vital academic missions.
Value Transformation: With emphasis on data-driven, system-wide performance improvement, supports organizations in improving the value proposition for all stakeholders. With significant experience in clinically-integrated networks, quality and safety initiatives, value-based care and improving the person and family experience, engages providers and health system leaders in designing a “forward compatible” delivery system.
Academic Health System Governance: Experienced in navigating the unique and complex relationships between health systems, health science universities and faculty practice plans. Works collaboratively with boards, CEO’s, deans, and clinical leadership to develop governance models that support and respect all missions.
M.D., University of Wisconsin School of Medicine M.B.A. University of Massachusetts-Amherst Residency in Emergency Medicine, Wright State University Affiliated Hospitals
American Board of Emergency Medicine, Board Certified-Active Active medical licenses in Wisconsin and Nebraska
Membership and Activity Information
Member, American College of Health Care Executives Member, American Association for Physician Leadership