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Episode 51: Three Dartmouth Guys Talk Health Care

May 30, 2019


This week, John sits down with Dr. David Radley, senior scientist for The Commonwealth Fund, and Dr. Trafford Crump, assistant professor at the University of Calgary. Trafford and Dave welcomed John to Dartmouth’s PhD program in health economics and clinical epidemiology back in 2005, and have remained good friends ever since.

In this episode, they talk about the politicization of health care, health system performance, patient-reported outcomes, and more.

In this episode

David Radley


David Radley is a senior scientist for The Commonwealth Fund’s Tracking Health System Performance program. Dr. Radley and his team develop national, state, and substate regional analyses on health care system performance and related insurance and care system market structure analyses. He is also a senior study director at Westat, a research firm that supports the Scorecard project. He joined the Commonwealth Fund in July 2010 from Abt Associates where he was associate in Domestic Health Policy with responsibility over a number of projects related to measuring long term care quality and evaluation of various Health Information Technology initiatives. His methodological expertise is in small-area analysis and in the design, implementation, and interpretation of observational studies that take advantage of large administrative and survey-based datasets.

Dr. Radley received his bachelors from Syracuse University, a masters in public health from Yale, and a PhD from Dartmouth College in Health Policy and Clinical Epidemiology.

Trafford Crump, PhD

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Trafford Crump, PhD is a health services researcher and assistant professor at the University of Calgary’s Department of Surgery with an interest in patient-centered measures. Dr. Crump's earlier research involved developing the methods for eliciting health care preferences from community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries in the United States. Dr. Crump's more recent research has expanded into linking primary data collected from patients with large administrative data sets maintained by regional and provincial health authorities.

Dr. Crump is part of a University of British Columbia-led research team – which includes strong collaboration from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the B.C. Ministry of Health – that has undertaken one of the largest systematic collections of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in Canada.

Dr. Crump received his doctorate from Dartmouth College in the field of Evaluative Clinical Sciences followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of British Columbia.

John Marchica

John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and CEO of Darwin Research Group. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of FaxWatch, a leading business intelligence and medical education company and two-time member of the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing companies.

John is the author of The Accountable Organization and has advised senior management on strategy and organizational change for more than a decade. John did his undergraduate work in economics at Knox College, has an MBA and M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. coursework at The Dartmouth Institute. He is a faculty associate in the W.P. Carey School of Business and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, and serves as an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

About Darwin Research Group

Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers, private equity, and venture capital firms. The company was founded in 2010 as Darwin Advisory Partners, LLC and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a satellite office in Princeton, N.J.


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