Richard Culbertson    

Richard Culbertson, PhD
Department of Global Health Systems and Development
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 1941
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-6247
Fax: (504) 988-3783


Research Interests:

Health care governance; academic medical centers and managed care; organizational structure of medical schools; organization of medical practices and physician autonomy


Educational Background:

  • PhD, University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • MDiv, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • MHA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • BA, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin

Professional Achievements:

  • 1967 Phi Beta Kappa, Wisconsin, Gamma Delta Chapter
  • 1982 Spurgeon Award for Exceptional Career Achievements and Outstanding Community Service on Behalf of the Citizens of St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1985-1989 W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellow
  • 1986 The Healthcare Forum: Emerging Young Leader in Health Care
  • 2003 Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society
  • 2004-2010 Who's Who in America
  • 2005-2010 Who's Who in the World
  • 2009-2010 Who's Who in Medicine and Health

Selected Publications:


J. Naessens, C. Campbell, N. Shah, R. Culbertson.  "Effects of Illness Severity and Comorbidity on Patient Safety and Adverse Events." American Journal of Medical Quality.  Submitted for publication on 12-10-2010.

C. Goeschel, R.  Culbertson, B. Berenholtz, P. Pronovost. "Board Quality Scorecards: Measuring Improvement" American Journal of Medical Quality.  Accepted for publication on 7-6-2010.

S. Chiou, C. Campbell, R. Horswell, L. Myers, R. Culbertson.  "Use of the Emergency Department for Less-Urgent Care among Type 2 Diabetics Under a Disease Management Program." BCM Health Services Research. 9:223. December 7, 2009.    

J. M. Naessens, C. Campbell, J. Huddleston, B. Berg, J. Lefante, A. Williams, R. Culbertson. "A Comparison of Hospital Adverse Events by Three Widely Used Detection Methods".  International Journal of Quality in Health Care.  21: 301-307. 2009. 


Personal Statement:

Richard Culbertson is professor of health systems management and adjunct professor of family medicine. He holds a master of divinity degree from Harvard University; a master of health administration degree from the University of Minnesota; and a doctor of philosophy degree in sociology from the University of California-San Francisco. He holds the unique distinction among U.S. Full Professors of health management of having professional experience as Board Chair and Board Member of a multi-hospital system (the Aurora Healthcare System of Wisconsin, the state's largest private employer); an Associate Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences (University of Wisconsin-Madison); and teaching hospital CEO (Kaiser-Permanente Los Angeles/Sunset Medical Center). He has published articles in scholarly and professional journals with primary interest in health care governance; academic medical centers and managed care; organizational structure of medical schools; and organization of medical practices physician autonomy. He has consulted throughout the U.S. and in Dubai, UAE in these areas.

Culbertson is a reviewer for the journals Health Care Financing Review and Health Services Management, and a member of the Health Services Research and Development Scientific Merit Review panel for the Veterans Affairs Health System. He is a nationally recognized expert in health care governance, and a member of the Leadership Development Council of the American Hospital Association and previously served on its Committee on Governance and its Regional Policy Board 7.

Culbertson was named a W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow and Emerging Young Leader in Health Care by the Healthcare Forum. At Tulane, he serves as chairman of the University Senate Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, and has served as interim chair of the Department of Health Systems Management, interim director of the Institute for Health Services Research, and chairman of the faculty of the School of Public Health. At the request of President Scott Cowen, he has served as voluntary chair of the NCAA Division I Self Certification Process in 2000 and again in 2010.

He completed the 2009 Alcatraz Invitational Swim Race, non-wetsuit division, from Alcatraz to San Francisco.  


Level of Instruction:

graduate, undergraduate


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