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Rice Business and MD Anderson launch healthcare leadership program

by Avery Ruxer Franklin

Rice Business and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have launched a new healthcare leadership program designed to help executives navigate the complexity of running healthcare organizations.

The Executive Leadership in Healthcare program at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business will provide an opportunity for current and emerging healthcare leaders across the country to learn in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex. The program brings together internationally renowned business school faculty, leaders in medicine and seasoned healthcare executives to provide evidence-based insights for leading healthcare institutions.

The demanding nature of the healthcare industry requires executives to implement strategies and operational processes that not only meet the needs of patients but also strengthen organizational performance. Over 10 days — Feb. 6-10 and April 24-28, 2023 — healthcare executives will learn about themselves as leaders and explore business tools and frameworks to help them become more impactful and effective within their organizations.

“In executive education, we have been supporting the development of healthcare leaders for over 20 years — it has been a fascinating journey,” said Brent Smith, senior associate dean of executive education at Rice Business. “We have learned so much about the challenges of leading institutions in such a dynamic and challenging industry and developed deep healthcare expertise. Our collaboration with MD Anderson allows our two institutions to blend our disciplinary expertise in healthcare strategy, leadership, operations and finance.”

“We are excited to work with our colleagues at Rice Business to provide a thriving and unique learning platform for healthcare executives to navigate the complex environments they are facing,” said Courtney Holladay, associate vice president of the Leadership Institute at MD Anderson. “We believe MD Anderson’s senior leadership and Rice Business’ faculty provide complementary expertise and perspectives on both the practice and theory of leading healthcare institutions that will benefit participants.”

“Staying connected to the business community and meeting the professional development needs of organizations both large and small are important to us,” said Michael Koenig, associate dean for innovation initiatives and executive director of executive education at Rice Business. “We’re excited about this initiative with MD Anderson and look forward to the impact our joint program will have on healthcare leaders and their institutions.”

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