About Peter Buerhaus


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 Distinguished 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 more than 130 peer-reviewed articles with five publications designated as “Classics” by the 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). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth and the Bozeman Deaconess Health Care System In 2010, Dr. Buerhaus was appointed Chair of the National Health Care Workforce Commission, which was created under the Affordable Care Act to advise Congress and the Administration on health workforce policy.

Recent Publications
Buerhaus, P.
(2018). Nurse Practitioners: A Solution to America’s Primary Care Crisis. American Enterprise Institute.

Gigli, KH., Dietrich, MS., Buerhaus, PI., & Minnick, MF. (2018). Regulation of pediatric intensive care unit nurse practitioner practice: A national survey. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (30) 17-26.

Auerbach, DI., Staiger, DO., & Buerhaus, PI. (2018) Growing ranks of advanced practice clinicians-implications for the physician workforce. New England Journal of Medicine. 378: 2358-2360.

Buerhaus, PI., Perloff, J., Clarke, S., O’Reilly-Jacob, M., Zolotusky, G., & DesRoches, C. (2018). Quality of primary care provided to Medicare beneficiaries by nurse practitioners and physicians. Medical Care. (56). 6.