David Abelson

MD (Consultant Partner)

David has had a long and varied career in medicine, health system design, and executive leadership. David trained in general internal medicine and practiced first in private practice and then at Park Nicollet Health Services, a large integrated delivery system in metropolitan Minneapolis. In the early 1990’s he began his leadership career with clinical process improvement followed by multiple positions including Chief Medical Information Officer and Vice President of Strategic Improvement. In 2010 David became the CEO of Park Nicollet Health Services and cultivated a culture of Head+Heart, Together. As CEO, David was passionate about supporting healing experiences for patients and families. He led the direction of Park Nicollet to value-based payment culminating in 2013 with Park Nicollet’s merger with HealthPartners, to form an organization combining care delivery with insurance. As Senior Vice President of HealthPartners and CEO of Park Nicollet, David led a delivery system with multiple hospitals, clinics, and specialties with a combined annual revenue of $2.2 billion.

David retired in 2014. Despite retirement, he could not resist the pull of helping organizations collaborate. He is now the President of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), a collaborative of health plans and care delivery systems dedicated to improving care in Minnesota.