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William L. Dowling

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The Department of Health Services is the home for an extraordinarily talented and productive group of faculty and students. Their interests are far-ranging, but all share the aim of discovering ways to improve the effectiveness and equity of society's efforts to improve the health of the population.
Professor Emeritus, Health Services


PhD   University of Michigan, 1971   (Medical Care Organization)
MA   University of Michigan, 1970   (Economics)
MBA   University of Chicago, 1961   (Business (Hospital Administration))
BA   Duke University, 1959   (Business Administration)

Contact Info


office:   H-670B, Health Sciences Building

School of Public Health
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-616-2929
fax:   206-543-3964


Professor Dowling served as Chair of the Department of Health Services from 1994-2008. He was first appointed to the faculty in 1974, serving as Director of the MHA Program until 1981. From 1981 to 1994, Dowling was employed as Vice President for Planning and Development in the corporate headquarters of the Providence Health System where he was responsible for system strategic planning, linking system and institutional planning, and government affairs. He returned to the University in 1994. Dowling's main interests are in the development and execution of strategy in health care organizations and in understanding factors that affect organizational performance.

The relationships between the changing environment of health care, the strategic and structural responses of health care organizations, their management, and their performance; management practice in health care organizations; physicians in management and leadership roles; the medical home model of primary care; rural health care

Dowling WL. The "community-oriented" IHCO: how viable? Front Health Serv Manage. 1996 Summer;12(4):57-62.  PMID: 10156174

Wong B, Dowling WL. Organizing and sizing an integrated delivery system: building a common strategic vision for hospitals and physicians. Health Syst Lead. 1994 Apr;1(2):31-6.  PMID: 10140244

Durbin S, Haglund C, Dowling W. Integrating strategic planning and quality management in a multi-institutional system. Qual Manag Health Care. 1993 Summer;1(4):24-34.  PMID: 10131008

Dowling WL. The insurance industry's role in reforming delivery. Front Health Serv Manage. 1992 Fall;9(1):36-40.  PMID: 10120465

Conrad DA, Dowling WL. Vertical integration in health services: theory and managerial implications. Health Care Manage Rev. 1990 Fall;15(4):9-22.  PMID: 2266012

Member, dissertation committee for Ann Nguyen
Organizational factors affecting the successful integration of physician groups with health systems

Chair, capstone for Matthew Vaughn
Hip fractures: The 48-hour window

Member, capstone for Kayla Down
Synthesis of the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) initiative for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN)

Clinical Integration

PI. Literature review on approaches to integrating patient care services, formal clinical integration models, factors that facilitate and impede clinical integration, and "best practices". Center for Health Management Research.