Executive MBA Alumni Testimonials
The rigor and quality of the Katz Executive MBA program is unlike any in the country. The faculty and coursework prepare professionals to excel as leaders in their industries. Hear what others gained from earning their Executive MBA at Katz.
Centered on Excellence
MaCalus V. Hogan, MD, MBA
“The Executive MBA (EMBA) in Healthcare brings to the forefront the fabric of how healthcare comes together and functions as a business—how the different aspects of a large academic and integrated care delivery network weave together,” says MaCalus V. Hogan, MD, and a member of the first class to graduate from the program in 2018. “You gain a broader understanding of how the various sectors of the business enterprise—operations, finance, implementation—factor into the ultimate success of an organization.”
While in the program, Hogan was Chief of Orthopaedics at UPMC Mercy. For his practicum project in the EMBA program, he focused on improving clinical outcomes of the surgical delivery model, including efficiency and quality metrics.
“I wanted to understand how excelling in clinical outcome and cost metrics could drive reinvestment in the organization and aid in its evolution,” he says.
The results included a 10 to 15 percent improvement in cost efficiency of orthopaedic care delivery, significant improvement in hip fracture care outcomes, including a 10 percent increase in clinical volumes, and best in system time-to-OR rates for hip fracture care.
Recently, Hogan has taken on a new role as Senior Medical Director of Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Care Services for UPMC Health Plan, where he will help to drive integrated delivery finance systems strategy for such care. In addition to continuing his earlier work, this opportunity also will focus on expanding UPMC’s successful bundle care program for joint replacement. This has already led to the development of the UPMC Orthopaedic Centers of Excellence program for UPMC network hospitals and facilities that will serve as a model for other specialties.
“The EMBA degree expanded my knowledge and respect of the complexities of a large health system and the steps required to make programs such as our Centers of Excellence possible,” says Hogan. “I now have that broader understanding of the framework and stronger foundation of knowledge to facilitate collaboration and progress. That’s what drives me.”
Determining the Path for an Energy Giant
“The Executive MBA [EMBA] program provided Zach with the necessary business tools to better determine the products needed to position Westinghouse for continued leadership in the fuel market,” says Ken Canavan, Chief Technology Officer, Westinghouse. “Specifically, his market intelligence and valuation skills provide a critical analysis of our existing investments to ensure that we are aligned with future market and economic realities.”
Zach McDaniel is making a difference at Westinghouse using the knowledge and skills he gained in the EMBA program at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. Shortly before receiving his degree, McDaniel was asked to develop the digital transformation initiative for Westinghouse. More recently, he became an advanced fuel manager for the company. He oversees employees in one of the largest innovation initiatives at Westinghouse in collaboration with the Department of Energy. Collaborating with other energy partners, Westinghouse is championing the goal of improving plant operations and safety performance.
“The EMBA program made me more well-rounded to tackle these new responsibilities,” says McDaniel, “adding product development/management, finance, economics, marketing, business management and leadership to my skill set. Now I can better manage partners and coordinate activities, oversee international testing initiatives, and work with international teams and nuclear plant utilities to find the right solutions.”
McDaniel is also helping Westinghouse’s future business development. Among his many responsibilities, he provides business context to PhDs who are performing research on the future of the industry. “Valuation of proposed solutions and market viability gives them a perspective on why we’re investing in these programs,” he says. “It’s useful for our researchers to understand whether the value to our customer is balanced with the underlying development costs.”
Transforming Liver Transplantation in a Hepatology Desert
A nurse practitioner at UPMC when she began the Executive MBA (EMBA) in Healthcare program, Corrie Berk accepted an offer to become Clinical Director of the Las Vegas campus of the Loma Linda Transplant Institute. Moving across the country and completing her degree from a distance, Berk found an opportunity that extended beyond transplantation, leveraging her skills to enhance the quality of hepatology care in Southern Nevada.
“EMBA was empowering,” says Berk. “Working alongside physicians and other healthcare professionals in my cohort improved my confidence, and changed the way I approach senior-level clinicians and administrators. Feeling respected and valued in my own right helped me transform Loma Linda Las Vegas and expand hepatology care in southern Nevada.”
Las Vegas liver transplants increased tenfold and the clinic became an embedded part of the community. Berk credits her success in part to the marketing skills she acquired in EMBA; enabling her to get into the headspace of consumer decision-making to understand what patients and referring providers really needed.
Soon, Berk’s role will expand further. “We are so impressed with Corrie’s outreach efforts in Las Vegas that we plan to extend her business development expertise in a broader geography and to other service lines, including heart, kidney, and pancreas,” says Dr. Michael de Vera, Professor of Surgery, Chief of Transplant Services, and Director of the Transplant Institute at Loma Linda University Health. “Her natural abilities, along with the skills she acquired in the EMBA program, will help us to improve the lives of countless more patients.”
Leaping from Biology to Business
“The most enriching part of the program was my cohort,” says Patil. “When discussing cases or projects, each person brought their own perspective—IT, marketing, healthcare and many different backgrounds. I’m a biologist, with no knowledge of accounting, marketing or finance. I learned a lot through my colleagues, the courses and the professors.”