Professor of Nursing, Montana State University College of Nursing

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies

Dr. Peter Buerhaus is a nurse and a healthcare economist who is well known for his studies on the nursing and physician workforces in the United States.  He is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at the College of Nursing, Montana State University.  Before coming to Montana State University, Dr. Buerhaus was the Valere Potter Distinguised Professor of Nursing and Sr. Associate Dean for Research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University (2000-2015), assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health (1992-2000), and assistant to both the chief executive of the Univeristy of Michigan’s 7 teaching hospitals and to the Vice Provosot for Medical Affairs.  He has published 160 peer-reviewed articles with five publications designated as “Classics” by the Federal Government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Dr. Buerhaus was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1994 and elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 2003 (now the National Academy of Medicine).  Dr. Buerhaus has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Maryland and from Loyola University, Chicago. In 2010, Dr. Buerhaus was appointed Chair of the National Health Care Workforce Commission that was created under the Affordable Care Act to advise Congress and the Administration on health workforce policy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bozeman Deaconess Health System, and is a member of the National Academies of Sciences National Academy of Medicine Committee on the Future of Nursing, 2020-2030. 


1976 BSN, Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota

1981 MSN, The University of Michigan, Services Administration Ann Arbor, Michigan

1990 PhD, Wayne State University, Care and Nursing College of Nursing
Detroit, Michigan (Economics of HealthCare and Nursing)