Meet Our Bloggers

The High Performance Health Care blog is written by faculty, students and alumni of the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. Our regular blog contributors include:

Daniel McLaughlin, M.H.A, is the director of the Center for Health and Medical Affairs at the University of St. Thomas. He is active in teaching, research and speaking at the university, with a special emphasis on health care operations and policy. He is the author of a leading graduate textbook, Healthcare Operations Management. He helped establish and direct the National Institute of Health Policy at St. Thomas. From 1984 to 1992 he was the administrator and CEO of Hennepin County Medical Center, the level 1 trauma center in Minneapolis. He served as chair of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and served on President Clinton’s task force on health care reform in 1993. He holds degrees in electrical engineering and health care administration from the University of Minnesota.

Senator Dave Durenberger, J.D., is the senior health policy fellow at the University of St. Thomas.  He served as a senior United States Senator for Minnesota from 1978-1995. During his time in office, he served on numerous key Senate committees including 16 years on the Finance Committee with responsibility for all Medicare, Medicaid and tax policy. He currently influences national policy as chair of the National Institute for Health Policy (NIHP) at the Opus College of Business and as a member of the Kaiser Commission on the Future of Medicaid and the Uninsured. He is a former member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC).