Physician Startup CEO’s
How do these words fit together, and why is their confluence so important?
Check this out. What you will see is an article written by a physician who adamantly believes that we need more physicians as CEO’s of startup companies. Atul Gawande, the CEO of the Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/J.P. Morgan joint venture pictured above, is a prime example of the right doctor in the right place at the right time to deliver on this vision.
There are several key points made in this article. First and most important, the author opines that healthcare in the United States will never get fixed from within. It is going to need entrepreneurial upstarts from outside to right the ship. BUT. Such startups don’t need an MBA as a CEO. Rather, they need experienced clinicians who can “get real” about what fixes are required and how to bring them off.
As Dr. Nazem points out, there is nothing new about the concept of a MD/CEO. Doctors have been heading medical centers and other traditional medical organizations for a long time. BUT. The “fire in the belly” that entrepreneurial physician CEO’s can bring to the party is key to making truly disruptive changes.
Bottom Line. Note that the author of this article is also the founder of an online organization, https://nomadhealth.com/, that can help to find such important “jobs” for physicians. He isn’t just writing about an opportunity to make MD’s into CEO’s of entrepreneurial organizations aimed at changing healthcare. He is pursuing this vision.