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Biography

I am a recovering academic surgeon who is passionate about helping physicians, nurses, hospital leaders, and board members work together.

I obtained my M.D. degree from Columbia College of Physicians Medical School, completed residency at the Harvard-Deaconess Surgical Service, and performed fellowships in endocrine and oncologic surgery at the Karolinska Hospital and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, respectively.

I was Assistant Professor of Surgery at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn and later moved to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Oncology at the VA Hospital at White River Junction.

With the change in the medical economic climate, I entered the MBA program of the Tuck School at Dartmouth and graduated June 1998. I worked initially as a consultant at Health Advances, assisting 6 firms to commercialize new products.

Since joining the Cambridge Management Group in 1999, I have led change-management initiatives for physicians at affiliated hospitals within the Yale New Haven, Banner Colorado, Cottage Santa Barbara, and Sutter Sacramento Health Systems.

I remain clinically active, covering general surgical practices in New Hampshire and Vermont, where I maintain licenses.

My writing experience includes over 40 published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and 2 books, Better Communication for Better Care: Mastering Physician-Administration Collaboration, published by Health Administration Press, March 2005, and Collaborate for Success! Breakthrough Strategies for Engaging Physicians, Nurses, and Hospital Executives, published September 2006. Professor Douglas Hough and I have co-edited a three-volume set, entitled The Business of Healthcare, published by Greenwood Press December 2007.

I am a member of the faculties of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Estes Park Institute, the Healthcare Roundtable, and New England College.

Interests

I enjoy taking trips with my family, walking on the beach, and sniffing lilacs every spring.