The Health Care Initiative (HCI) connects the HBS community — MBA students, alumni, faculty, staff, and Executive Education participants — by serving as a gateway for research, educational programs, and entrepreneurial projects across all sectors of the health care industry. This powerful alliance of key stakeholders encourages leadership that makes an immediate and lasting impact on health care practices to enhance services, reduce costs, and expand access with the goal of improving health outcomes.
THE HEALTH CARE INITIATIVE SupporTS:
MBA Students by promoting the delivery of an MBA program that allows students to focus on health care through industry-related courses, extracurricular activities, and recruiting opportunities.
Faculty by facilitating collaboration among faculty members to promote the generation of new knowledge and concepts in health care management and innovation, and to disseminate these works.
Alumni by offering opportunities to participate in health care activities at HBS, and through the ongoing development of the alumni health care network.
Executive Education Participants by developing programs that disseminate knowledge and influence practice across all sectors of the health care industry.
hEALTH CARE INITIATIVE LEADERSHIP:
Professor 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, he plays a critical role in continuing to define and shape the mission of the HCI.
Professor Huckman teaches the second-year course in Operations Strategy and has taught HBS 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
As its founding director, Cara 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, 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 plans ongoing health care-related activities for students and supports alumni by creating on- and off campus networking opportunities. Prior to joining HBS, he founded an integrative medical clinic in Chicago, where he worked with advanced diagnostic companies, direct care delivery, and payor networks. Frank holds a BS from Northeastern University and a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicinefrom National University of Health Sciences.
Tracy Perry, Program Manager
As the program manager for the Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship, Tracy is responsible for the administration of the program, including the admissions process, marketing, finance, and human resources. She holds a BA from Manhattanville College. Prior to joining HBS, Tracy worked in the non-profit and hospitality industries for 12 years.
Health Care Initiative Advisory Board
This active group of senior health care professionals from across the globe provides insight on the health care curriculum, offers opinions on research direction, supports student placement efforts, and assists in promoting the Health Care Initiative.