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.  He led the team that developed the original set of nursing home MDS Quality Indicators. He developed the original model for monitoring used in quality-focused Corporate Integrity Agreements with the DHHS Office of the Inspector General. As President of the Long Term Care Institute (LTCI), he has directed more than 20 federal quality-based monitoring engagements involving more than 2300 visits to nursing homes.

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 several times testified before Congressional committees on nursing home quality issues.

Upon his retirement from LTCI, Dr. Zimmerman has joined his daughter Kate Zimmerman Hester, as founders of the Elder Justice Foundation (EJF), a philanthropy whose mission is to reduce elder abuse and enhance justice for America’s older population. EJF is currently funding 8-10 elder abuse prevention initiatives across the nation.