Edie E. Zusman, MD, FACS, FAANS, MBA

Dr. Edie Zusman is a board certified practicing neurosurgeon who began her medical training at the age of 19 in the Northwestern Honors Medical Program. She is recognized nationally for both her neurosurgical skills and her expertise in health systems.

After completing residency at UC Davis, in Sacramento California, fellowship training at UCSF, and practicing neurosurgery for more than a decade, Dr. Zusman completed her MBA at George Washington University.   She is widely acknowledged as an expert on the impact of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 on physicians and health systems.  She writes and lectures on health care forecasting and the impact of vertically integrated Accountable Care Organizations.  

Beyond analysis and teaching, Dr. Zusman applies this knowledge practically to facilitate successful negotiations between physician groups and hospitals to align in developing high quality and financially successful programs.  In 2013, Edie joined the Centers for Disease Control - National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health along with her colleagues forming Design 4 Active Sacramento to champion the health benefits of active design recognizing that population health measures and disease prevention will be the key for profitability of health systems in the future.

Prior to accepting her current position as Medical Director for the Sutter Health East Bay Neuroscience Institute at Eden Medical Center, Edie was on faculty at UC Davis in Sacramento, California where she led the Brain Tumor and Epilepsy Programs and was named Physician of the Year. As Medical Director for Sutter Sacramento, Edie lead her program to be ranked among America’s Best Hospitals in Neurology and Neurosurgery by US News & World Report in 2007 and 2008.

She has served on the Boards of the California Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.


Edie’s numerous publications can be reviewed:

Form facilitates function:  innovations in architecture and design drive quality and efficiency in healthcare. 

Decision-driven change management:  A model from business for healthcare.

Physician employment:  It will work this time.

Creating Shared Health Care Value.

Engineering breakthrough research:  High-tech has it hardwired. Neurosurgery. 

Meeting meaningful use objectives for electronic health record implementation.

Hospital boards changing with new challenges. 

The neurosurgeon’s role in integrated health systems. 

HCAHPS replaces Press Ganey survey as quality measure for patient hospital Experience.

Philanthropy funding for neurosurgery research and program development.  Zusman EE, Heary RF, Stroink AR, Berger MS, Popp AJ, Friedlander RM, Martin NA, Lonser RR, Asthagiri AR.
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Competitive Kaisers:  The future of American healthcare is vertically integrated accountable care organizations where patient members pay for health care instead of health insurance.  Zusman EE, Reagan R.




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- Margaret Vosburgh,

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- Dr. Russell Buchanan,

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- CM,,

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