David Vequist

Senior Advisor - Strategic Management, Medical Travel and Innovation

David G. Vequist IV, Ph.D. the founder and Director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research (www.medicaltourismresearch.org) – the premier academic Medical Tourism research institute. Dr. David G. Vequist IV is also a Full Professor and tenured faculty of Management in the H-E-B School of Business & Administration at the University of the Incarnate Word (3rd largest university in state of Texas, USA). In his previous career, Dr. Vequist was an executive at the Methodist Healthcare System, a multi-billion dollar healthcare provider (also a joint venture with HCA- the largest hospital system in the U.S.). Before that, Dr. Vequist was a consultant for Ernst & Young, LLP working with Fortune 500 companies. He is also an entrepreneur that sold a training business to Bloomberg. Professor Vequist has been a featured keynote at many conferences, worked with companies/governments/NGOs (such as the UN), and been featured in the media (e.g., the New York Times, Reuters, CNBC). He received his Ph.D. and Masters from the University of Tulsa and his B.S. from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Vequist is a well-known speaker, presenter, and futurist on subjects such as medical tourism, training, and human resources and the author of many articles, books and chapters.


  • Founder/Director, Center for Medical Tourism Research, Center for the Americas (2007 – Present)
  • Full Tenured Professor of Management & Strategy, H-E-B School of Business, University of the Incarnate Word (2001 – Present)
  • VP, Healthcare Standards Institute (2020 – Present), Dallas, Texas.
  • Consultant, Colombia Pro-Export, National Strategy for Medical Tourism, Colombia.
  • Trainer, Schlumberger (2014 – Present), Four continents so far…
  • Trainer, San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAFnd) Non-Profit Social Media Analytics Class (January, 2014 – December, 2017), San Antonio, Texas.
  • Trainer, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (November, 2014 – November, 2014), Manila, Philippines.
  • Consultant, UN CEPAL, Economic Impact of US Medical Tourism on Latin America, Americas.
  • Medical Tourism Primer (2 day course), Egyptian Private Hospital Association (August, 2010 – December, 2010), Cairo, Egypt.
  • Consultant, Korea KHIDI, National Strategy for Medical Tourism, Korea.
  • Senior Consultant, Endeavor Management, LLC (formerly called Holland & Davis, LLC) (June, 2003 – January, 2009), Houston, Texas.
  • Interim VP of HR; Director of HR, Planning and Systems, Methodist Healthcare System (July, 1998 – August, 2002), San Antonio, Texas.
  • Senior Consultant, People AdvantEDGE team, Ernst & Young LLC (July, 1996 – July, 1998), Dallas, Texas.
  • Carl Albert Executive Fellowship (Internship), State of Oklahoma (January, 1995 – July, 1996), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • HR Research Internship, AT&T Corporate Headquarters (then SBC Communications) (June, 1994 – December, 1994), San Antonio, Texas.
  • Owner, Consulting Business, 21st Century Strategies (formerly- American Innovative Solutions) (May, 1993 – Present), San Antonio, Texas.
  • Laboratory Director / Research Assistant, Nonconscious Processing Laboratory, University of Tulsa (August, 1991 – June, 1994), Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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