Richard M.J. Bohmer

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Richard Bohmer, MBChB, MPH, is a New Zealand trained physician on the faculty of Harvard Business School.  He graduated from the Auckland University School of Medicine and has practiced hospital and primary medicine in New Zealand and England.  In 1989 he was part of a clinical team that established and ran a surgical hospital in Sudan.  He attended the Harvard School of Public Health on a Fulbright Scholarship, graduating in 1993 with a Masters of Public Health in Health Care Management, and joined the HBS faculty in 1997.

At the Harvard Business School he teaches an MBA course on health care operations management, co-directs the MD-MBA program and is the faculty chair for two executive programs in health care delivery.  He teaches and consults on health management issues in numerous locations around the world.  Before joining the HBS faculty, Dr. Bohmer was the Clinical Director of Quality Improvement at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was responsible for planning and implementing the institution's clinical quality improvement program.

Dr. Bohmer's research focus is on the intersection between medical care and management practice and concentrates on understanding how best to design and manage the process of patient care in order to improve clinical outcomes.  He has published in both the management and medical literatures on learning, technology adoption and operations strategy in health care, and on quality improvement and patient safety, and is the author of Designing Care: Aligning the Nature and Management of Health Care (HBS Press, 2009).