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About Dan Bucsko

As a health system redesign & process improvement expert at the VA Northern California Health Care System, Dan Bucsko advises medical professionals, institutions, and health care providers on topics that include reengineering and improving healthcare delivery, patient safety techniques, and risk prevention. He facilitates and leads systems redesign teams using advanced LEAN principles and training to improve healthcare services to America's Veterans. Dan Bucsko also teaches part-time with the University of Phoenix’s online health administration program.

Prior to accepting his current position, Mr. Bucsko was the Vice President of Patient Safety & Risk Management for The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest medical liability insurer, where he directed national customer service and operations, as well as the management of more than 60 staff members. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master’s Degree in both Health Administration (MHA) and Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Bucsko is double board-certified as both a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) with the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). He currently serves on the Bylaws Committee of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) and is their Past President of the Ethics Committee. Mr. Bucsko is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) with ASHRM. His additional certifications include Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Claims (AIC) obtained from the Insurance Institute of America (IIA).

Apart from his professional responsibilities, Mr. Bucsko contributes to a variety of charitable initiatives. He has participated in the Bay to Breakers run to raise money for San Francisco charities, and Loop the Lagoon supporting the Vacaville Public Education Foundation (VPEF). He has also volunteered for seven years with the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program in the Vacaville Unified School District, and has devoted hundreds of hours of volunteerism with dozens of other charities over the past 30 years.

Work experience

Dec 2012Present

Region System Redesign & Process Improvement

VA Northern California Health Care System
Feb 2013Present

Faculty, Health Administration Program

University of Phoenix
Dec 2000Mar 2006

Medical Service Corps Officer

U.S. Air Force


Jan 1995Apr 1998


University of Pittsburgh
Jan 1995Apr 1998


University of Pittsburgh