Title: Public Health Educator, Academic Administrator
Location: Lutherville, Maryland, United States
Donald Michael Steinwachs, PhD, retired public health educator and academic administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care management.
Dr. Steinwachs is an award-winning educator who has had a significant impact on academic and clinical research settings over the last four decades. Now retired, he concluded his career in 2016 as a professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University. In this role for 11 years, Dr. Steinwachs previously excelled for the university in roles including interim provost, chair of the department of health policy and management, director of the health services research and development center, associate professor of health policy and management, and assistant professor of health services administration. Respected in his industry for his work in health policy, Dr. Steinwachs has been involved in many industry initiatives outside of his full-time work. Notably, he is a former president and board of directors member for the Association for Health Service Research. He was also previously active with the Governor’s Commission on Health Policy Research and Finance, as well as the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences.
Driven by a love of his work, Dr. Steinwachs had many accomplishments in his career. Notably, he developed multiple methods for using management information systems to examine patterns of medical care, costs and indicators of quality of care. To continue pursuing his research, Dr. Steinwachs was the recipient of three grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, and the National Institute of Mental Health. The long-term impact of his tremendous work in his career can be seen through the successes of the students that Dr. Steinwachs has taught. For this, he is extremely gratified and proud.
Before establishing himself professionally, Dr. Steinwachs served as a reserve officer and captain for the U.S. Army for six years. During this time, he was afforded the opportunity to pursue an education to prepare himself for life after the military. Dr. Steinwachs earned a Master of Science from the University of Arizona in 1970 and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1973. Throughout his career, he has remained at the top of his field through his continued professional development. In his retirement, Dr. Steinwachs loves traveling around the world, as well as sailing in the Chesapeake Bay. In the years to come, he intends to continue enjoying his well-deserved retirement.