Executive MHA student and physician David Cook recently accepted a position as Chief Clinical and Operating Officer at Jiahui Health and International Hospital in Shanghai, China. Cook’s MHA studies have broadened his knowledge base and prepared him for this new leadership role.
How has the Executive MHA program influenced your work?
The work is fundamental in having the confidence to move forward with the position I am taking in Shanghai. Literally we will not only design and commission a small private health system but we will design the information systems, clinical pathways, payment models, and quality and performance metrics largely from a “greenfield” opportunity. I’m able to take acquired knowledge (and supporting materials) with me in this new role. The coursework was central for being seriously considered for the position.
At the Mayo Clinic, I was an anesthesiologist specializing in anesthesia for cardiac surgery, a cardiovascular anesthesia division head, and a faculty member for systems engineering. There I served on leadership groups managing a portfolio of clinical redesign projects in high-impact practices; fee committee of the finance committee; Medicare strategy planning group, as well as multiple departmental and inter-departmental committees. I was active in innovations around patient-facing software, with multiple awards and practice redesign work featured in Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, The Advisory Board, and a presentation on hospital care delivery at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Why did you join the Executive MHA program?
Many of the roles I was playing at Mayo—practice redesign, fee setting, new payment models—required domains of knowledge that I had not received in training and could not readily acquire on the job. These domains, like finance, managerial accounting, policy, and payment models, continuously informed the work I was doing but were relative blind spots. Now I’m conversant in all aspects of healthcare management.
Cook holds BA in Biology and Philosophy from Lehigh University, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an MD from Jefferson Medical College, Jefferson University Hospital, with residency and fellowship training at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.