Health Care Initiative

Integrating People, Practices and Ideas:
Health Care Initiative at HBS

The Health Care Initiative connects the HBS community - MBA students, alumni, faculty, staff, and Executive Education participants - to ideas, resources, and opportunities for collaboration that yield new models for health care practice.

Launched in 2005, the Health Care Initiative serves as a gateway for health care research, educational programs, and entrepreneurial projects across all sectors of the health care industry, from life sciences and medical devices to care delivery and public health policy. Through this powerful alliance of key stakeholders across Harvard University and beyond, HBS encourages leadership that makes an immediate and lasting impact on health care practices to improve outcomes, reduce costs, expand access and enhance services.

Connect with the Health Care Initiative

MBA Students

We support delivery of an MBA program that allows students to focus on health care through industry-related courses, extracurricular activities, and recruiting opportunities.


We facilitate collaboration among faculty members, promote the generation of new knowledge and concepts in health care management and innovation, and disseminate these works.


We engage alumni to participate in health care activities at HBS and support the ongoing development of the alumni health care network.

Executive Education

We develop programs that disseminate knowledge and influence practice across all sectors of the health care industry.

Who We Are

Richard G. Hamermesh Faculty Co-Chair

Richard Hamermesh created and teaches the second-year MBA elective, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital in Health Care. As the first faculty chair of the Health Care Initiative, Professor Hamermesh plays a critical role in defining and shaping the mission of the Initiative. He continues to have a hands-on role in leading and promoting the Initiative.

Robert S. Huckman Faculty Co-Chair

Robert Huckman teaches the second-year course in Operations Strategy and has taught executive education programs and the first-year course in Technology and Operations Management. He is a Faculty Research Fellow in the health care program of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the co-chair of the management track of Harvard's doctoral program in health policy.

Cara Sterling Director

Cara Sterling is the director of the Health Care Initiative at Harvard Business School. As its founding director, she is responsible for creating and overseeing all aspects of the Initiative, including student programming, alumni outreach, and health care faculty support. She holds MBA and MPH degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining HBS Cara worked in the health care industry for 15 years with payor, provider, and biopharma organizations.

Frank Sutter Assistant Director

Frank Sutter is the assistant director of the Health Care Initiative at HBS. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Northwestern University and a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences. Prior to joining HBS, Frank founded and directed an integrative medical clinic in Chicago where he worked extensively with advanced diagnostic companies, medical device vendors, direct care delivery and third party payor networks. He previously worked in corporate public relations for 8 years representing Fortune 50 companies and emerging technology startups.

Health Care Initiative Advisory Board

The Harvard Business School HCI Advisory Board provides oversight to the Initiative. This active group of senior health care professionals from across the globe provides input on the health care curriculum, offers opinions on research direction, supports student placement efforts, and assists in promoting the Health Care Initiative.