Walter J. Unger is a veteran consultant to healthcare providers, manufacturers, law firms, and others in the areas of finance, insurance, reimbursement, marketing, strategic planning, and litigation support. He specializes in cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and oncology services as well as clinical laboratory services, integrated delivery systems, managed-care organizations, and Medicare prepaid health plans.
Prior to launching his consulting practice in 1985, he spent more than a decade in Washington, D.C. serving the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). The IOM provides advice on public health matters to the United States Congress and the executive branch of the U.S. federal government, and HFMA is a professional association that represents chief financial officers, accountants, attorneys, consultants and investment bankers who work in the healthcare field.
He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1969 with a master's degree in business administration (MBA) and in 1967 with a bachelor's degree cum laude in finance. He has devoted his entire professional career to the healthcare field.
He has published more than 40 articles on aspects of healthcare finance, organization, and delivery, and he has been an invited speaker on the economics and politics of healthcare services at more than 150 national and regional healthcare meetings.
Marti (Wright) and Walt were married in December 2004. Although they have no children of their own, they each have one nephew and one niece.