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Daniel K. Zismer, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Castling Partners


Daniel K. Zismer, Ph.D., is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Castling Partners, a Minneapolis-based advisory firm focused on providing support and counsel to healthcare governing boards and senior leadership teams as they direct and manage organizational strategies; a focus at the intersection of strategy performance and comprehensive, organizational risk.


Dr. Zismer served as Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, where he was also Chair and Director of the Masters in Healthcare Administration and Executive Studies Programs. He also served as The Wegmiller Professor in Healthcare Administration and as Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Medicine, Medical School, University of Minnesota. His areas of interest are the design, strategy, operations, and financial performance of integrated health systems.


Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Dr. Zismer focused a 20 year career in healthcare on provider-side mergers, acquisitions, and related integrated strategies. He served as the head of two national healthcare consulting firms and headed operations of a large, multi-state, integrated health system.


Dr. Zismer serves as a frequent lecturer to the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American Association for Physician Leadership. He is a member of the Board of the Benedictine Health System and serves on the Board of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). He has authored and co-authored in excess of 100 professional publications and was named by Minnesota Physician as one of the most influential healthcare leaders in Minnesota.

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