Faculty – J. B. Silvers

J. B. Silvers - Professor, Banking and Finance
John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Health Care Finance
Professor, Banking and Finance

Peter B. Lewis Building 373
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

J.B. Silvers, PhD, is the John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Health Care Finance and professor of banking and finance at Weatherhead School of Management with a joint appointment in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His research in the areas of financial management and health services has been published in numerous journals including the JOURNAL OF FINANCE, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, MEDICAL CARE, ANNALS OF FAMILY MEDICINE, and the JOURNAL OF BUSINESS RESEARCH, among others.

Silvers presents regularly on multiple topics, including the Affordable Care Act and healthcare finance. In 2014, he presented a TED talk, “Overcoming History,” sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Washington, DC. Frequently, Silvers contributes commentary to NPR’s Marketplace and other national and local print and broadcast media.

Professionally, Silvers has testified to Congress, several state legislatures, federal and state courts. He has also served on committees at the National Academies and several national and state commissions. Until recently, he was a board member (12 years) and treasurer of the Joint Committee on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (TJC/JCAHO) and a board member of SummaCare Insurance Company (14 years). For seven years Silvers was a commissioner on the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (now MedPAC) advising Congress on Medicare payment. From 1997 to 2000, while on leave, he served as President and CEO of QualChoice Health Plan and Insurance Company. He currently is vice chair of the board at MetroHealth Medical Center. At Weatherhead, he has served as Department Chair, Senior Associate Dean and Interim Dean.

Silvers earned a PhD in finance from Stanford University, a MS in Industrial Management and a BS in Engineering Science from Purdue University. He has been a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University since 1979 after prior appointments at Stanford, Harvard and Indiana.

Curriculum Vita

PhD, Stanford University, 1971
MS, Purdue University, 1966
BS, Purdue University, 1965

Initially Appointed: 1979

Interests and Courses


* Health Finance/insurance

* Pharmaconomics

* Mergers

* Public policy


* Health finance

* Strategic financial management and value creation

* Health policy and management decisions

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Silvers, J. (2013).
    Over 10 interviews with Marketplace (APM/NPR) in 2013-14
  • Silvers, J. (2013).
    The Affordable Care Act: Objectives & Likely Results in an Imperfect World (vol. 2013, pp. 402-405). Annals of Family Medicine.
  • Silvers, J. (2013).
    Many boomers are ill-prepared for retirement: 401k Issues National Public Radio, WCPN, WKSU, others.
  • Marinova, D., Kozlenkova, I., Cuttler, L., Silvers, J., , . (2013).
    Consumer Quest for Life Enhancing Treatments: The Role of Agency in New Product Adoption American Marketing Association Winter Meetings.
  • Silvers, J. (2012).
    J.B. Silvers: Ten myths about the reform of health care AkronBeacon-Journal.
  • Silvers, J. (2012).
    Healthcare Insurance Exchanges WKSU, National Public Radio.
  • Silvers, J. (2010).
    Guest Column: Health reform law is the best we can expect Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Plain Dealer.
  • Silvers, J. (2010).
    Interview Comments Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Silvers, J., Marinova, D., Cuttler, L. (2010).
    A National Study of Physician Recommendations to Initiate and Discontinue Growth Hormone for Short Stature (vol. 126, issue 3, pp. 468-476). Pediatrics.
  • Cuttler, L., Silvers, J. (2010).
    Growth Hormone and Health Policy (vol. 95, issue July 2010, pp. 3149 – 3153). J Clin Endocrinol Metab.
  • Cuttler, L., Marinova, D., Mercer, M. B., Connors, A., Meehan, R., Silvers, J. (2009).
    Patient, Physician, and Consumer Drivers: Referrals for Short Stature and Access to Specialty Drugs (vol. 47, issue 8, pp. 858-865). NY, NY: Medical Care.
  • Cuttler, L., Silvers, J., Marinova, D., Connors, A., Meehan, R. (2009).
    Patient, Physician, and Consumer Drivers: Referrals for Short Stature and Access to Specialty Drugs (vol. 47, issue 8, pp. 858-865). Medical Care.
  • Cutler, L., Silvers, J., Singh, J., Tsai, A., Radcliffe, D. (2005).
    Physician Decisions to Discontinue Long-Term Medications Using a Two Stage Framework: The Case of Growth Hormone Therapy (vol. 43, issue 12, pp. 1185-1193). Medical Care.
  • Singh, J., Cuttler, L., Silvers, J. (2004).
    Toward Understanding Consumers' Role in Medical Decisions for Emerging Treatments: Issues, Framework, and Hypotheses (vol. 57, issue 9, pp. 1054-1065). Journal of Business Research.
  • Silvers, J., Hammer, P., Haas-Wilson, D., Peterson, M., Sage, W. (2003).
    The Role of Capital Markets in the Restructuring of Health Care Durham and London: Duke University Press.
  • Cuttler, L., Finkelstein, B., Silvers, J., Neuhauser, D., Marrero, U. (1998).
    Physician recommendations vs insurance coverage for growth hormone -- Reply (vol. 280, issue 12, pp. 1053-1054). JAMA -- Journal of the American Medical Association.


  • Silvers, J. NPR Interviews-MarketPlace (10/31/15, 7/24/15, 7/4/15), "Interviews on pharmecutical industry, insurance, Affordable Care Act", NPR, (2015).
  • Silvers, J. Annual Meeting: Aligning Forces for Quality, "TED Talk: Overcoming History", Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Washington, DC. (2014).
  • Silvers, J. Crain's Cleveland Business Healthcare Summit, "The Affordable Care Keynote: Act after one year of healthcare.gov:", Crain's Cleveland Business, Cleveland Convention Center. (2014).
  • Silvers, J. 20 talks to community groups, "Affordable Care Act", Various Community groups, (2014).
  • Silvers, J. Crain's Cleveland Business Healthcare Summit, "Keynote: Transitioning from an Industrial to a Consumer Health Care Market", Crain's Cleveland Business, Executive at Landerhaven. (2013).
  • Silvers, J. Academy Health Annual Research Meetings, "Market Failure In Healthcare and How the ACA Does (or does not) Address Them", Academy Health, Baltimore. (2013).
  • Silvers, J. 20-30 talks to community and professional groups, "Health Reform", Medical Societies, Business Groups, etc., (2013).
  • Silvers, J. 20-30 talks to community and professional groups, "Health Reform", Medical Societies, Business Groups, etc., (2011).
  • Cuttler, L. (Presenter & Author), Singer, M. (Author Only), Simpson, L. (Author Only), Gallan, A. (Author Only), Nevar, A. (Author Only), Silvers, J. (Author Only) Supporting Decision-Making Through Research: Findings from the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey Sponsored Projects, "Obesity in Children and Families Across Ohio", Ohio Department of Health, Columbus, OH. (2009).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Chairperson, Faculty Senate Finance/Budget Committee, 2011 - 2013
  • Committee Chair, Faculty Council, 2008 - 2009
  • Chairperson, Faculty Senate Budget Committee, 2008 - 2012
  • Task Force Member, American Dental Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2008
  • Member, Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications, National Academies of Science, 2007 - 2013
  • Member, Research Advisory Committee, Health Policy Institute of Ohio, 2006 - 2013
  • Officer, Treasurer, Joint Committee on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), 2003 - 2015
  • Board of Directors of a Company, SummaCare Health Plan, SummaCare Insurance Company, Akron, Ohio, 2002 - 2015


  • Theodore M. Alfred Distinguished Service Faculty Award, Weatherhead School of Management. (2013).
  • 2009 Health Policy Research Award for Independent Scholarship (with Leona Cuttler, Andrew Gallan, Mendel Singer), Health Policy Institute of Ohio. (2009).
  • Who's Who in America, (2002).