Executive Leadership and Strategic Planning in Academic Medicine

Academic Medical Centers (AMCs) generally include medical and other professional schools (e.g., nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, health sciences, public health), their parent university and one or more teaching hospitals that are owned or affiliated with the AMC. The organization and governance if AMCs is variegated but whatever the model, institutional success and excellence depends on outstanding leaders who can work hand-in-hand to determine the AMCs mission, and facilitate success in research, education and patient care.  The organization, governance and financial underpinnings for AMCs also vary, but share in common the goal of supporting their unique mission in education, research and patient care during a time of tremendous transition, challenge and opportunity in healthcare reform and support for research and education.

To assist AMCs fulfill their goals and missions,  Merritt Hawkins, in partnership with its Academic Advisory Council (AAC-MH) is proud to offer three thought leaders who are exceptionally qualified to help assess, evaluate and offer substantive recommendations for institutions who seek a critical and strategic evaluation and assessment of the wide array of challenges that can impact the success of both individuals and academic institutions.

The Future Success of Academic Medicine

The AAC has, as its primary and highest goal, the future success of academic medicine in the U.S. Helping institutions of higher learning execute executive leadership and planning that advances knowledge, educates future healthcare providers and improves the delivery of healthcare as well as the health of the communities they serve is tantamount to our mission.

The AAC-MH is committed to bringing the expertise, knowledge, wisdom and experience of three leaders from the field of academic medicine – each serving for more than a decade at leading U.S. medical schools and academic medical centers, and who now remain committed to excellence in academic medicine.

The primary motivation of AAC-MH is to make its individual and collective expertise accessible to medical school, university and teaching hospital leaders.

The knowledge and expertise of the Academic Advisory Council-MH can help you:

  • Assess and evaluate the organization and governance of Academic Medical Centers (AMC)
  • Provide tactics to aid in leadership assessment, performance and skill building
  • Create a roadmap of the critical and essential interactions and intersections of the clinical and academic missions of teaching hospitals, including funds flow, practice plans, and links to community physicians, centers and hospitals
  • Address concerns expressed by university or other AMC leaders on the institutions vision, function, human relations, interactions, and the problem-solving tactics of the AMC leadership
  • Assess strategic plans and the feasibility of their implementation
  • Evaluate and enhance the success of research, from planning, to strategy and funding
  • Enhance communication skills – both listening and transmitting in all facets of interaction, from individuals to media (print, broadcast, digital platforms and interactive) and group wide communications
  • Provide knowledge and experience in federal and state policy and legislation
  • Offer guidance on interaction with governing Boards including communication strategies and leadership assessment.
  • Provide advice and guidance on fundraising and philanthropy, from planning to successful implementation
  • Conduct interactions with public and private hospitals, from the VA, to public teaching and community hospitals
  • Assist with global health planning and coordination

We’re Here to Help

For help with the challenges your institution is facing with regard to executive leadership in academic medicine, complete the form on this page. One of our thought leaders will contact you to discuss how the AAC-MH can help you create a plan of action that will get results for your critical initiatives.

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Meet Our Leaders

Former Dean and David and Susan Heckerman Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Former Dean and William Patterson Timmie Professor of Dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine. He was appointed Dean in 1996 serving until January 2013.

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Former Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine from September 2001 to July 2011.

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