Edward Salsberg

Edward Salsberg
Research Faculty
Foggy Bottom Campus
1919 Pennsylvania Ave.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006

Edward Salsberg has been a national leader in health workforce research, policy and data for over 25 years. He is currently Director of Health Workforce Studies at the Health Workforce Institute at George Washington University and Research Faculty at the GW School of Nursing. He is a frequent speaker across the country and has authored and co-authored numerous reports and papers on the health workforce.

Mr. Salsberg successfully established and managed three health workforce research centers. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Salsberg was the founding director of the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which was authorized by Affordable Care Act. Prior to that, Mr. Salsberg established and directed the Center for Workforce Studies at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the School of Public Health at the University at Albany of the State University of New York (SUNY). All three health workforce centers have been leaders in providing information on the supply, demand, distribution and use of the health care workforce and they have pioneered approaches to collecting health workforce data. From 1984 until 1996, Mr. Salsberg was a Bureau Director at the New York State Department of Health.

Current Research

  • Social Work Workforce Study, Funded by the Council on Social Work Education
  • The Nephrology Workforce, Funded by the American Society of Nephrology
  • The Hospice and Palliative Care Physician Workforce, Funded by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Pilot Test of a Survey of New Nurse Practitioners with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty


The Wagner School, New York University, Masters of Public Administration


Lupu D, Salsberg E, Quigley L, Wu X. "The 2015 Class of Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellows-From Training to Practice: Implications for HPM Workforce Supply"; J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Feb 8. 

Salsberg, E. Quigley, "Achieving sustainable and appropriately trained health and social care workers for ageing populations"; World Health Organization, 2016

Salsberg E and Quigley, L., "Are we facing a physician assistant surplus?" JAAPA 2016 Nov;29(11):40-44

Salsberg E,  "Examining The Nurse Pipeline: Where We Are And Where We’re Headed"; Health Affairs Blog, Oct. 2016

Salsberg E, Armstrong D, and Forte, G, "Demand For Family Medicine Physicians Ranks Highest Among Specialties"; Health Affairs Blog, August 2016

Mullan F, Salsberg E, Weider K, "Why a GME Squeeze Is Unlikely."N Engl J Med 2015 Dec 4;373(25):2397-9

Salsberg, E. "Update on Graduate Medical Education"; Health Affairs Blog, Dec. 2015

Salsberg E, "Is the Physician Shortage Real? Acad Med 2015 Sep;90(9):1210-4

Salsberg, E, "The Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, And Pharmacist Pipelines: Continued Growth"; Health Affairs, May 2015


Board Member — National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Board of Directors (2016 – Present)

Honorary Fellow — American Academy of Nursing (2016)