ACPE Publications

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management

Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA

244 pages ©2013

Women physicians now comprise 50 percent or more of most U.S. medical school classes. Yet relatively few fill the most senior management positions within the health care system.

In "Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management," editor and author, Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA, profiles 24 exceptional female physicians who have defied the odds.

They share their personal and compelling stories— including obstacles and challenges faced in balancing work, family and personal life—as their career paths take them from clinical medicine to leadership within government, academia, hospitals, provider groups, managed care, pharma, consulting and entrepreneurial venture. The lessons they learned are not only relevant to women and not just applicable to health care—they are universal.

At a time when most agree that the U.S. health care delivery system needs fundamental change, this book makes the case for talented women physician executives, articulate in the language of health care policy and business, to be among those leading the way.

Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA, has three decades of clinical, management, consulting and physician executive recruiting experience. She has authored two books related to health care management and careers in the industry, and has written 5 award-winning medical mystery/thrillers including Rabbit in the Moon, which won the Florida Book Award.

Table of Contents

Foreword iii
By Bonnie Hamilton, MD

Chapter 1 — An Overview. 1
By Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA

Chapter 2 — Sex and Science Drove my Life. 19
By Florence Haseltine, MD, PhD

Chapter 3 — Boundroid. 25
By Margaret Cary, MD, MBA, MPH

Chapter 4 — Trying to Make the World a Better Place. 35
By Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, MD

Chapter 5 — Learning to Lead. 43
By Donna Parker, MD

Chapter 6 — Female Physicians as Hospital Administrators. 51
By Kathleen Yaremchuk, MD, MSA

Chapter 7 — Knowledge is Power: A Journey of Transition. 61
By Eneida Roldan, MD, MBA, MPH

Chapter 8 — Life is a Series of Useful Lessons. 67
By Patricia A. Gabow, MD

Chapter 9 — Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken. 75
By Jayne McCormick, BSN, MD, MBA

Chapter 10 — The Journey and the Legacy. 85

Chapter 11 — Medical Manager: Was It Worth It? 91
By Selma Calmes, MD
Provider Groups

Chapter 12 — Having Fun While Trying to Have it All. 101
By Josephine Young, MD, MPH

Chapter 13 — Pearls are a Woman’s Necktie. 113
By Grace Terrell, MD, MMM, FACP, FACPE
Managed Care (for prof it and not-for-prof it)

Chapter 14 — A Continuing Search for Challenge. 125
By Christine Petersen, MD, MBA
Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management

Chapter 15 — A Managed Care Journey: Learning from Yourself and Others. 129
By Susan Elizabeth Ford, MD, MBA

Chapter 16 — The “Other Side”. 135
By Deborah Hammond, MD

Chapter 17 — Behind Every Woman-Good Mentors. 147
By Traci Ferguson, MD

Chapter 18 — Medicine and Leadership: An Unplanned Journey 153
By Eugenie Komives, MD

Chapter 19 — Finding the Right Niche. 161
By Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH

Chapter 20 — Enduring Leadership. 167
By Barbara LeTourneau, MD, MBA
Pharmaceutical Industry

Chapter 21 — Doing Well by Doing. 179
By Ellen Strahlman, MD, MHSc
Entrepreneurs and Consultants

Chapter 22 — Cardiothoracic Surgeon to Entrepreneur. 201
By Kathy E. Maglioto, MD, MBA, FACS

Chapter 23 — Creating Your Own Version of Success. 205
By Kelly Z. Sennzholz, MD

Chapter 24 — A Road Less Traveled. 213
By Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA

Chapter 25 — Six Lessons I Wish I Learned Earlier. 223
By Kathleen Goonan, MD

Chapter 26 — The Value of Coaching. 227
By Margaret Cary, MD, MBA, MPH

Final Words 233
By Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA

List of Participants 237

Related Reading 243