Regina E. Herzlinger

Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration

Specializes in health care, innovation, and accounting.  Current MBA courses are “Innovating in Health Care,” “Field Studies in Innovating in Health Care,” “edX Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Innovating in Health Care.” Other courses are the Executive Education program “Business Innovations in Global Health Care (BIG).”  First woman to achieve tenure and a chaired professorship at Harvard Business School and directorship of a number of publicly-traded, private, and nonprofit firms.

All of her health care books have been best sellers in their categories, recognized for their innovative research. Money dubbed her the “Godmother” of consumer-driven health care. Her work was key to introducing consumer-driven health plans and “focused health factories”, such as centers for orthopedics, cardiology, or cancer care.  She is regularly named as one of the smartest people in health care by industry journals, most recently by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Regi earned her BS degree at MIT and her Doctorate at HBS. She married her MIT classmate, George Herzlinger (MIT, B.S., Ph.D, physics). Their two children both graduated from Harvard. Susan is an Endocrinologist and Alex is an executive with a major medtech firm, after attending HBS and completing two tours of Iraq as a U.S. Infantry Captain.  The Herzlinger’s have four adorable grandchildren.

For the next academic year, Regi plans to:
·    Publish a text and cases book related to my MBA course Innovating in Health Care
·    Complete structure and marketing for a major conference for academics and executives on the topic
·    Help creation of a new Federal health care tax law and new Mass. or Federal health care transparency agency that are related to my research link