Tracie Collins, MD, MPH, ‘18
Chair and Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, U of Kansas
I am a physician, researcher, and administrator at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita. My duties as chair of a department within a medical school requires vision, mentoring, fiscal oversight, and, most importantly, ...
Christian Zimmerman, MD, MBA, ‘18
Neurosurgeon (Spine), St. Alphonsus Health System
I have practiced complex spinal neurosurgery in Boise, Idaho for the past 25 years. This surgical practice and its’ duties are completed with the assistance of three Nurse Practitioners, two Nurse Evaluators and a highly...
Kyle Hair ‘18
Associate Director, Office of the Commissioner, FDA
I am currently serving as an Associate Director for the Office of Medical Products and Tobacco (OMPT) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I work closely with the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and Center Directors to ensure that the proper...
Matthew Gibb, MD ‘18
Executive Vice President System Chief Medical Officer for Carle Health System
I am the Executive Vice President and System Chief Medical Officer for the Carle Health System in Urbana, Illinois; a vertically integrated delivery system incorporating an 800 provider multispecialty group, a provider sponsored health plan, 6 affiliated hospitals, and the Carle Illinois...
Karen Clements, BSN, MSB, ‘18
Chief Nursing Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
As Chief Nursing Officer for the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, I am responsible for the nursing practice of approximately 1800 nurses and a budget of $104 million. I am responsible for quality of nursing care and practice for patients at...
Jack DeHovitz, MD, MPH, MHCDS ‘17
Director, Special Treatment and Research Program (STAR), SUNY Downstate Medical Center
In 1980, Jack DeHovitz was six months into his medicine internship in New York City, when young men suddenly started presenting with a series of infections and dying. It took a year or two for the scope of the AIDS...
Josephine Nguyen, MD, MHCDS ‘17
Department Head of Dermatology, Naval Hospital Bremerton; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Policy Fellow (2016-17)
When Josephine Nguyen was an undergraduate student at the U.S. Naval Academy, she noticed that leaders tended to all look the same: male, white, boldly extroverted. As a bright, perceptive introvert, she never saw leadership qualities in herself until 2012,...
Rakesh Pai, MD, MBA, MHCDS ‘17
Executive Medical Director, Cambia Health Solutions
For cardiologist Rakesh Pai, there’s an inherent satisfaction in helping a patient successfully manage an arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, or other big challenges. But Pai also has the creative drive of an entrepreneur, and in quiet moments, his...
Cathy Cullen, MHCDS ‘17
Director of Rehabilitation Services, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire
Cathy Cullen is a physical therapist by training, but as director of rehabilitation services for Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH), her roles are diverse. She manages 35 staff members that travel throughout a 4,000-square-mile area; oversees...
Evan Benjamin, MD, MHCDS ‘17
Chief Medical Officer for Ariadne Labs
How did a Public Health Service doctor go from developing diabetes programs on the remote Zuni Indian reservation of New Mexico to a leadership role at a $2 billion health system serving 800,000 in Western New England? Sometimes Evan Benjamin wonders that...
Robert Motley, MD, MHCDS ‘16
President, Medical Staff, Lehigh Valley Healthcare System
As a family doctor for more than 25 years, Robert Motley has seen his fair share of changes in the medical system—the introduction of HMOs, the consolidation of hospitals and health networks, and now the emergence of ACOs. Through...
Alison MacDonald, MPA, MHCDS ‘16
Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Alison MacDonald is motivated by two dimes. That’s nearly the amount of every dollar the United States currently spends that goes toward health care. “We spend more than any other country per capita,” says MacDonald. &ldquo...
Scott Tromanhauser, MD, MBA, MHCDS ‘16
Chief Medical Quality Officer and Chief, Spine Surgery Section, New England Baptist Hospital
“The days of saying you are great are over,” says Scott Tromanhauser. “Now you have to prove you are great—and prove you are cost-effective.” This is Tromanhauser’s job as Chief Medical Quality...
Corina Filip, MD, MHCDS ‘16
ICU Critical Care Specialist and Pulmonologist, Partners Healthcare - North Shore Medical Center
Returning to her native Romania for her 20-year high school reunion, Corina Filip took a tour of the intensive care unit in Timsoara, the third-largest city in the country. As an ICU physician working in Massachusetts, she was shocked by...
Hope Plavin, MPA, MHCDS ‘16
Director of Planning, Office of Quality and Patient Safety, New York State Department of Health
As a child growing up in New York City, Hope Plavin regularly tagged along with her father, a pediatrician, as he visited homebound seniors on so-called “Medicare weekends.” She saw firsthand the numerous challenges his patients faced&mdash...
Abe Berman, MA, MHCDS ‘16
Director of Accountable Care Finance, University of Vermont Medical Center
Abe Berman doesn’t think of himself as a typical accountant. “I am a novelty seeker,” he says. “I like the challenge of taking on something that is just emerging and not well-known.” He found...
Kim Staffey, MD, MHCDS ‘16
Assoc. CMO, Director, Cardiovascular ICU and In-patient Heart and Vascular Center, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
Kim Staffey doesn’t have a lot of free time on her hands. A clinical professor and director of the cardiac ICU at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Staffey balances administrative duties with her responsibilities...
Rajan Gupta, MD, MHCDS ‘16
Chief, Acute Care Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Almost by definition, trauma is unexpected—the result of an accident most never see coming. So how do you design a system to deal with such events when they occur? That is the question that has concerned Rajan Gupta...
Mary Beth Kuderik MHCDS ‘15
Chief Financial Officer, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
As the top financial officer at the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, Mary Beth Kuderik helps oversee the U.S.’s largest non-governmental buyer of retiree health care. With over $50 billion in assets, including equity stakes in General Motors...
Kenny Cole, MD, MHCDS ‘15
Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Baton Rouge General/General Health System
After becoming an executive board member of the 85-doctor Baton Rouge Clinic, physician Kenny Cole began reading extensively about the health care system and was disturbed by what he found. “I went into medicine to be a good doctor...
Timothy Foster, MD, MBA, MHCDS ‘15
Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
After 22 years as an orthopedic surgeon at Boston University Medical Center, Timothy Foster thought he was at the pinnacle of his career. A surgeon to numerous collegiate and professional athletes, he was an associate editor at the American Journal...
Hwang Chi Hong, MD, MHCDS ‘14
Director of Medical Affairs, Alexandra Hospital, Jurong Health Services, Singapore
As medical director at one of the newest hospitals in Singapore, Dr. Hwang Chi Hong has an inside view of a health system widely praised as among the most efficient in the world. Life expectancy is higher and infant mortality...
Randall Gaboriault MHCDS ‘14
Chief Information Officer; Senior Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Development, Christiana Care Health System
When Randall Gaboriault left his job as an executive with a large medical device manufacturer to work for a hospital system in 2010, he quickly saw how different management practices were.
“I was blown away at how fragmented care delivery...
Wendy Arnone MHCDS ‘14
Chief Executive Officer, West Region, UnitedHealthcare
The failures of the health care industry to deal with its paramount challenge helped bring Wendy Arnone to pursue a degree in the Master of Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth. “Twenty-five years ago costs were just starting to...