David R. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Senior Scientist, Former Director

David R. Zimmerman, Ph.D. is a Professor (Emeritus) of Industrial and Health Systems Engineering and the former Director of the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA), at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Zimmerman has more than 30 years of research experience in the measurement and evaluation of the quality of long term care, and the development of long term care performance measures. He led the team that developed the original set of nursing home MDS Quality Indicators. He has led many projects to develop quality measurement and assessment systems serving consumers, providers, and regulatory agencies. He is currently the Principal Investigator and academic partner of the Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living (WCCEAL), and he is one of the founders of that initiative.

Dr. Zimmerman has served on the Nursing Home Measures Steering Committee of the National Quality Forum. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Directors Association Foundation. He has served on several national provider network boards and quality committees, and he has several times testified before Congressional committees on long term care quality issues.

Last year, Dr. Zimmerman and his daughter Kate Hester founded a philanthropic foundation to prevent elder abuse and promote elder justice, named the Elder Justice Foundation. The Foundation funds projects to help prevent elder abuse and in other ways promotes elder justice.

Curriculum Vitae - David R. Zimmerman

Publications and Presentations

  • Crnich CJ, Drinka P, Filas-Mortensen P, Duster M, Zimmerman DR. Functional status as a predictor of colonization with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in residents of nursing homes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011;
  • Crnich CJ, Drinka P, Duster M, Zimmerman DR. Multidrug-resistant bacterial colonization of residents in rural nursing homes. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2011;
  • Crnich, CJ, Zimmerman DR. Bacteremic outcomes in older adults: what is age telling us? J Am Geriatr Soc; 56(9):1750-2. 2008.
  • Crnich, CJ, Safdar N, Robinson J, Zimmerman DR. Trends in infections caused by antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in U.S. long-term care facilities: 2000-2004. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol; 28:1006-8. 2007.
  • Reilly, K., Mueller, C., and Zimmerman, D. "CMS's Nursing Home Case-Mix and Quality Demonstration—A Descriptive Overview." Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 19(2), January 2007.
  • Reilly, K., Mueller, C., and Zimmerman, D. "A Nurse-Staffing Taxonomy for Decision Making in Long-Term Care Nursing Homes." Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 21(2): 176-186, April-June 2006.
  • Hirdes JP, Fries BE, Morris, JN, Ikegami, N, Zimmerman, D, Dalby D, Aliaga P, Hammer S, Jones R. “Home Care Quality Indicators Based on the MDS-HC.” The Gerontologist, 44(5): 665-679, October 2004.
  • Zimmerman, DR. “Using Quality Indicators to Improve Residential and Nursing Home Care,” International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 18(3): 250-57, March 2003.
  • Stone, R. I., Reinhard, S. C., Bowers, B., Zimmerman, D., Phillips, C. D., Hawes, et al. “Evaluation of the Wellspring Model for Improving Nursing Home Quality.” The Commonwealth Fund. 2002
  • Zimmerman DR and Bowers BJ. “Satisfaction Surveys and Other Sources of Information on Quality of Long-Term Care,” in J. Cohen-Mansfield, F Ejaz and P Werner (Eds.), Satisfaction Surveys in Long-Term Care, (Ch. 10). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co. 2000.
  • Harrington, C., Zimmerman, D., Karon, S.L., Robinson, J., and Beutel, P. “Nursing Home Staffing and Its Relationship to Deficiencies.” The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 55B (5):S1-S10, 2000.
  • Karon SL, Sainfort F, and Zimmerman, DR. “Stability of Nursing Home Quality Indicators Over Time.” Medical Care, 37(6): 570-79, 1999.