Applying EMBA Leadership Lessons to Pediatric Healthcare

When tempers flare in an operating room, lives are at stake. At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, one pediatric surgeon has been working to ensure a better work experience—and better patient outcomes—by sharing leadership skills gained in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program.

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How Part-time MBA Studies helped a Doctor Open New Doors

When Alicea Wu first approached Berkeley-Haas, she was particularly attracted to one key Haas Defining Principle: Students Always. After working as a physician for six years, in both primary and urgent care, she felt ready to learn more about the business side of medicine, and was thrilled to join the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program.

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Meet Executive MBA Student and Abbott Executive VP Robert Ford

Robert Ford’s listing in the Class of 2015 student directory for the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program identified him as vice president, Abbott Diabetes Care. Within two months, he had erased the “vice” to become president of the division. His latest promotion adds a couple of words to his title and a lot more responsibility: executive vice president, Medical Device Business Unit at Abbott, a global diversified health care company. 

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An EMBA Evening on Healthcare Entrepreneurship

How do you strike out on your own from a steady job, start a company in the notoriously hostile arena of healthcare and thrive? For anyone who’s pondered this question, we found three individuals who’d done just that and were willing to share their success stories during the EMBA Healthcare Entrepreneurs Panel earlier this year at the Claremont Hotel.

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Why MD + MBA=Improved Healthcare System (Part II)

As the demands of a rapidly changing healthcare system require doctors to be ever more business savvy, Costanzo “Zino” Di Perna, MD, and EMBA 15 (performing surgery above), sat down with us to discuss first, why he feels an MBA is important to his own professional success, and here, why it may be important for more MDs to add MBA diplomas to their office walls. 

Zino is the Medical Director for the Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento, and a physician with Mercy Medical Group Inc. In his work as a thoracic surgeon, he handles about 500 cases a year and oversees a large practice. He is also a student in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program.

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Why MD + MBA = An Improved Healthcare System (Part I)

There was a time when, if considering a professional degree, you had three choices: medical school, law school, or business school. These days, lines are quickly blurring as professionals in every field are seeing the value of an MBA. Nowhere is this more striking than in the medical profession, where the demands of a rapidly changing healthcare system require doctors to be ever more business savvy.

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Inspiration and Momentum at the Haas Business of Healthcare Conference

Last Friday I rose at 6 a.m. feeling giddy. Instead of heading to campus, I left my house in North Berkeley for the BART station and San Francisco. Just underground and through a turnstile, I ran into Dan, one of my amazing MBA/MPH classmates.

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Berkeley Center For Health Technology Fall Student Workshop

On Friday, 10/14, I attended the Berkeley Center for Health Technology’s fall student workshop. True, my Organizational Behavior final was that evening from 5:30 – 8:30 and I found myself less prepared than I had hoped, but I decided to attend the workshop anyway. Business school is about making trade-offs, right? The workshop consisted of a two hour moderated panel discussion with five healthcare thought leaders and a break for networking in the middle. I was blown away by the panelists and discussion. The panel consisted of:

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MBA/MPH - NCD Challenge!

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  • October 19, 2011

As a second year "dual degree-er", my Haas experience is slightly different than the norm - focusing on core MPH classes in addition to select MBA electives. In response to some of the global discussions around chronic disease - showcased by the latest UN Summit on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) - a team of three MBA/MPH-ers Jenny Chang, Rachel Sherman, and myself have entered the NCD Challenge, a global innovation competition sponsored by Novartis and IBM.

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Haas Students Travel to Wharton for Health Care Conference: Feb. 21-24

Oops, I'm a little behind on posting conference/case competition writeups - apologies! =)
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Over the weekend of February 21-24, Becky Messing, Jenn Van Roeyen, and James Platts traveled to Philadelphia to attend Wharton’s annual health care conference. Becky and Jenn are the two current co-presidents of the Haas Healthcare and Biobusiness Club (H2B2), and James is one of the outgoing club vice presidents. The purpose of the visit was at least threefold:

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