David Satin, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

David Satin

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-333-0770

Office Address:
University of Minnesota
516 Delaware St. SE
6-167 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Director of Courses in Ethics, Law and public Health, Medical School

Faculty Advisor, Medical School

University of Western Ontario

University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency

Fellowship, University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics


David Satin, MD, is the department compliance officer and risk management leader. He also serves as faculty in the University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, teaching and advising medical students. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics and researches ethical issues in performance-based quality improvement incentive programs (visit his online Pay for Performance Research Clearinghouse). Satin sits on several AMA workgroups, designing performance measures for CMS.

Dr. Satin combines his interests in Bioethics, Quality Improvement, and Healthcare Finance in his roles as a course director in the medical school, a researcher, and frequent national speaker. Within the State, he chairs the Risk Adjustment and Segmentation Committee of Minnesota Community Measurement, serves on the University of Minnesota Medical Center’s Medical Executive, as well as on the Boards of Stratis Health and the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety. He was recently appointed to the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Quality Measurement and Reporting System Steering Team.


Underserved Medicine, Pay for Performance, Bioethics, Medical Education

Awards & Recognition

Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award, University-wide (2017)

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Top Doctor (2017)

Medical School Education “Innovations Contest” Winner (2014)

Visiting Professorships: University of Utah (2018), Mayo Health System (2017), Syracuse University (2016)

Invited Keynote Presentations: United States Olympic Committee Summit on Sexual Abuse in Sport (2018), Colorado Community Health Network (2018), Oregon Primary Care Association (2018), Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting (2016), Congressional Black Caucus Healthcare Braintrust / National Minorities Quality Forum Annual Leadership Summit (2009)

Professional Associations



Research Summary/Interests

Ethics of Pay for Performance especially risk-adjustment for social factors, Informed Consent, and Shared Decision-Making, Medical Education, General Bioethics.

Research Funding Grants

“Quality Measurement Enhancement Project.” Health Disparities Pilot Grant, University of Minnesota.

“p4presearch.org – A Clearinghouse for Physician Education About Pay for Performance.” Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians.

“Prescribing Interventions for Chronic pain via the Electronic medical record (PRINCE).” NIH R21
MD Pre-matriculation Exposure to Pharmaceutical Marketing: Too Much, Too Soon? Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation.


Culhane-Pera KA… Satin DJ. Primary care clinicians' perspectives about quality measurements in safety-net clinics and non-safety-net clinics. Int J Equity Health. 2018 Nov 7;17(1):161

Hardeman R… Satin DJ… Cunningham BA. Developing a Medical School Curriculum on Racism: Multidisciplinary, Multiracial Conversations Informed by Public Health Critical Race Praxis (PHCRP). Ethnicity & Disease, 2018 Aug 9;28(Suppl 1):271-278.

Satin DJ, Swenson S, Stovitz SD, Effectively Engaging Patients in Everyday Health-Care Decisions. The Journal of Family Practice, Oct;66(10), 2017.

Stovitz SD, Shrier I, Satin DJ. Shared Decision Making Regarding Aspirin in Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (Comment). JAMA, December 6, 2016; Volume 316, Number 21.

Manson H, Satin DJ, Nelson V, Vadiveloo T. Ethics Education in Family Medicine Training in the United States: A National Survey. Family Medicine, Vol. 46, No.1: 28-35, January 2014.

Miller JR, Larson BE, Satin D, Schuster L. Information-seeking and decision making preferences among adult orthodontic patients: an elective health care model. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2011; 39: 79–86.

Schwab AP, Satin DJ. The Realistic Costs and Benefits of Translational Research (Including Quality Improvement and Pay for Performance), American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 8, Issue 3, March 2008, p. 60-62.

Satin DJ. More Realism About Informed Consent. The Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine. 2005;145:292-4.

Stovitz SD, Satin DJ. Ethics and the Athlete: Why Sports are More Than a Game but Less Than a War. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 2004;23:215-225. Satin DJ, Miles J. Performance-Based Bundled Payments: Potential Benefits and Burdens. Minnesota Medicine, October 2009.

Stovitz SD. Satin DJ. Professionalism and the ethics of the sideline physician. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 5(3):120-4, May 2006. (Reprinted 2(1):55-9, March 2007.)



  • Family medicine, Underserved medicine, Emergency medicine, Inpatient medicine

Board Certifications

Family Medicine

Clinical Interests

Underserved Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Bioethics