David Dobrzykowski, an associate professor in the JB Hunt Transportation Department of Supply Chain Management in the Sam M. Walton Business College of the University of Arkansas, has been named the director of Walton College Healthcare Initiatives.
“Health care transformation is becoming a major focus around the world, and it is imperative that Walton College engage with these advances,” said Walton College Dean Matt Waller. “David has tremendous expertise and involvement in the healthcare industry. I am delighted that he has agreed to lead our healthcare initiatives.”
In this role, Dobrzykowski will serve as the academic leader within Walton College to advance healthcare-related academic programming, research and thought leadership, and outreach and engagement, including:
- Lead initiatives to establish Walton College as the partner of choice for developing and disseminating thought leadership that fundamentally transforms the business of healthcare delivery and improves the well-being of people around the world.
- Collaborate internally within the University of Arkansas, Walton College and Supply Chain Management Department.
- Cultivate partnerships with traditional and non-traditional health care organizations, academic researchers and institutions, and funding agencies that share a passion and interest in developing and disseminating cutting-edge, transformative approaches that make unprecedented improvements in the well-being of people around the world.
“Healthcare transformation was a hot topic before the pandemic that has taken on real meaning since then,” said Dobrzykowski. “Reimbursement model changes, technology enablement and new entrants are disrupting and reshaping the fabric of the healthcare industry. There has never been a better time for business schools to contribute to the reimagining of healthcare!”
Within the supply chain management department, Dobrzykowski forged relationships or alliances with many local healthcare organizations such as University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Walmart Health, Mercy Health, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, as well as consumer packaged goods companies with health-related divisions such as the Unilever Health and Wellness Initiative.
Dobrzykowski is frequently quoted in national media such as NPR’s Market place and Bloomberg Business Weekand healthcare industry publications including Modern healthcare, Becker’s Hospital Review and Hospital and health networks. He presents workshops, keynotes and presentations to industry groups such as the American College of Healthcare Executives, Health Industry Distributors Association and Strategic Marketplace Initiatives.
As the director of the Master of Science program in supply chain management at Walton College, Dobrzykowski led the launch and recruitment for the graduate program. He then created an online format for the degree. He played a critical role in the supply chain management graduate program ranked second best in North America by the research and consulting firm Gartner. Dobrzykowski will continue to teach in the program.
Prior to working at Walton College, he served as an associate professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University, where he was the founding director of the Master of Science program in Healthcare Services Management. Prior to his academic career, Dobrzykowski served in senior executive roles in the healthcare sector, such as BIDON Companies, Corporate One Benefits, Mercy Health and UnitedHealthcare.
Dobrzykowski is the president of the Decision Sciences Institute, the past president of POMS College of Healthcare Operations Management, and an academic scholar at Cornell’s Institute for Healthy Futures.
Dobrzykowski has a Ph.D. in manufacturing and technology management, an MBA in executive management and a BBA in marketing from the University of Toledo. He also has a graduate certificate in public health epidemiology from the University of Toledo. His research focuses on information processing and the coordination of work in supply chains, primarily in healthcare and other regulated industries.
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