David Dilts

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B.S., College of Business, California Polytechnic State University, 1972
M.B.A., Graduate School of Management, University of Oregon, 1973
Ph.D., Graduate School of Management, University of Oregon, 1983

David Dilts, management scientist, is managing partner of Dilts+Partners, LLC, a firm dedicated to reducing the time required to open and run clinical research trials. From 2009-13, he was Director of Strategy Alignment for the Knight Cancer Institute.

Before coming to OHSU in 2009, David was the sole joint Professor between the Owen Graduate School of Management and the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He has researched and consulted in multiple industries (including oncology, optometry, automotive, capital equipment, floral, and world-class track & field athletes), for a diverse set of products (from the Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile to single-use cameras) and services (from opening of clinical trials to the impact of quality certification on firm stock prices to critical success factors for business incubation).
In his current consulting position he is responsible for managing a firm that is helping align all the diverse pieces of a major oncology research institute for strategic and research excellent. His work has been published in over 200 articles, editorials, conference papers and presentations, book chapters, books and monographs, and his research has been supported at nearly $20 million for the past decade.

His work has appeared in a wide variety of journals, including: Nature Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, Clinical Cancer Research, Science Translational Medicine, J. of Operations Management, J. of Supply Chain Management, J. of Clinical Oncology, Medical Decision Making, and Health Economics. He is Associate Editor of J of Operations Management, Decision Sciences J of Innovative Education, and J of Supply Chain Management.

His work has resulted in numerous awards including best paper finalist for the J. of Operations Management and, most recently a 2011 National Institutes of Health Award of Merit.