Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h)
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 140 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 honoray 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)
2019 Society of Scholars, Johns Hopkins University
2017 Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Anthony J. Jannetti Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Health Care
2016 Fellow (Honorary) of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
2012 Earl Sutherland Prize, Vanderbilt University
2010 Appointed to Chair the National Health Care Workforce Commission established under the 2010 Affordable Care Act
McMichael, B., Spetz, J., Buerhaus, P. The association of nurse practitioner scope of practice laws with emergency department use: Evidence from Medicaid expansion. Medical Care. 57(5):362-368, May 2019.
Donelan, K., Spetz, J., Berrett-Abebe, J., Auerbach, D., Buerhaus, P., Michael, C., Chang, Y. Health workforce roles in care management and social needs assessment in primary care and geriatric practices. Health Affairs (June 2019). 38(6), 941-949. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00030
O’Reilly-Jacob, M., Perloff, J., Buerhaus, P. Low-Value Back Imaging in the Care of Medicare Beneficiaries: Comparing Physicians and Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care. Nursing Outlook (2019 in press).
Yakusheva, O., Weiss, M., Bobay, K., Costa, L., Hughes, R., Hamilton, M., Bang, J., Buerhaus, P. Individual Nurse Productivity in Preparing Patients for Discharge is Associated with Patient Likelihood of 30-Day Return to Hospital. Medical Care (Published ahead of print on July 18, 2019).
Skinner, L., Staiger, D., Auerbach, D., Buerhaus, P. Implications of an Aging Rural Physician Workforce. The New England Journal of Medicine. (July 25, 2019); 381(4): 299-301.
O’Reilly-Jacob, M., Perloff, J., Buerhaus, P. Low-value back imaging in the care of Medicare beneficiaries: A comparison of nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Medical Care Research and Review. 2019. DOI: 10.1177/1077558719877796.
Gigli, K. H., Dietrich, M.S., Buerhaus, P. I., & Minnick, A. Nurse Practitioners and Interdisciplinary Teams in Pediatric Critical Care. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 2018,29(2),138-148.
Gigli, K. H., Dietrich, M.S., Buerhaus, P. I., & Minnick, A. Pediatric intensive care unit provider supply and demand: A national survey. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2018,19(8),e378-386.
Auerbach, D., Staiger, D., Buerhaus, P. Growing ranks of advanced practice clinicians — Implications for the physician workforce. The New England Journal of Medicine. June 21, 2018. 378;25:2358-2360.
Auerbach, D., Staiger, D., Buerhaus, P. Growing ranks of advanced practice clinicians — Implications for the physician workforce. The New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, August 31, 2018. https://catalyst.nejm.org/advanced-practice-clinicians-nps-and-pas/