David M Dilts

David M Dilts

Adjunct Professor of Management
Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management, Oregon Health & Science University
Managing Partner, Dilts+Partners, LLC

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Operations Management



David Dilts is highly regarded as a operations expert, consultant, researcher and teacher. His influential work has benefited organizations in industries ranging from healthcare to aerospace and automotive. In addition to his teaching work with the Vanderbilt Owen Executive Development Institute, Dr. Dilts is a professor of management at the Oregon Health and Science University and is managing partner for Dilts+Partners, LLC, a firm dedicated to reducing the time required to open and run clinical research trials.

Awards & Accomplishments

David’s work has received numerous awards, most recently a 2011 National Institutes of Health Award of Merit.


David has consulted in multiple industries (including oncology, optometry, automotive, heavy industry, and florists). His consulting projects have involved a diverse set of products — from the Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile to single-use cameras — and have focused on areas ranging from the impact of quality certification on firm stock prices to the key success factors for business incubation. He works frequently with national and international heath agencies on improving their operations.


David’s firm is working with three National Institutes — National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICH) the National Cancer institute (NCI), and the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI) — in examining clinical and management processes. He is also working with multiple Australian cancer agencies for the same propose. Additionally, his firm is working with the Children’s Oncology Group to dramatically reduce the time required to get new cancer treatments to children.


David is on the editorial board of three journals and is a frequent speaker at national and international academic conferences. Prior to launching his own firm, he was Director of Strategic Alignment for the Knight Cancer Institute and Director of Evaluation for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute.


David teaches Achieving Operational Excellence in the Vanderbilt Executive Education Program.

Research Interests

David’s expertise is operations management and system engineering, where he works on the integration of multiple, diverse systems within organizations. He works extensively with multiple National Institutes of Health in reducing the time to develop new treatments.


Ph.D., University of Toledo, 2015

Ph.D., Graduate School of Management, University of Oregon, 1983

MBA, Graduate School of Management, University of Oregon, 1973

BS, College of Business, California Polytechnic State University, 1972