Physician Leadership Program  

As the business of healthcare becomes increasingly tied to clinical outcomes, physicians must become effective, agile leaders who can navigate the changing terrain. Chicago Booth's Physician Leadership Program equips physicians with the essential leadership tools they need to manage multidisciplinary teams and implement financial, clinical, and operational decisions.

The Chicago Booth Physician Leadership Program is a premier physician-only program designed to elevate the evidence-based decision-making and leadership skills of physicians in administration roles seeking to accelerate sustainable, profitable growth for their healthcare organizations.

Participants will:

  • Understand the drivers of financial health and quality measurement in order to strategically navigate reporting requirements, hospital and physician rating systems, and value-based payment programs.
  • Learn how to use data-driven evidence to justify and drive organizational change.
  • Build a personal leadership tool kit that supports authentic leadership, cultivates loyal teams, and creates a positive work environment.

The program culminates in a unique, multi-faceted leadership challenge that simulates a real hospital business problem. The challenge will incorporate patient outcomes, finances, and personnel/leadership issues and the participants will incorporate relevant data to form hypotheses and justify action plans.


Chicago Booth, Gleacher Center, Chicago, IL

This program is designed for physicians in administrative leadership positions in academic and/or private healthcare organizations who lead clinical divisions or report to a chair of their department. The program will also be useful for roles including new section chiefs, department chairs in hospitals, physicians in private practice taking on more oversight and leadership, and physicians aspiring toward healthcare leadership positions.

This program is an excellent fit for physicians who are in the leadership capacity to create healthy team environments, improve practice efficiencies, and reduce physician burnout.

Dan Adelman

Charles I. Clough, Jr. Professor of Operations Management

Dan Adelman is a leading expert in business analytics, helping firms and institutions deploy data and decision analysis to build world-class strategic and tactical management capabilities. He conducts research on foundations of the operations research field, as well as studies the link between operational performance metrics and financial performance. Recent projects include work on the electricity smart grid, gasoline supply chains, software-release planning, and healthcare delivery.

He leads the Healthcare Analytics Laboratory at Chicago Booth, in which teams of students work on real-world projects with providers to improve healthcare delivery through the analysis of large datasets. The lab has conducted projects in population health, hospital readmissions, bundled payment reimbursement, case mix optimization, hospital scheduling, nurse benchmarking, and others. He also serves on the faculty advisory board of the Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership. He publishes regularly and is Area Editor for Operations Research, the flagship journal of the field. He teaches regularly in Chicago Booth's Executive MBA Program.

Adelman received a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in 1997 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a Master of Science in Operations Research. He is a recipient of the George B. Dantzig Prize for the best dissertation in any area of operations research and the management sciences that is innovative and relevant to practice.

Adelman joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1997.

Bruce Gewertz

Surgeon-in-Chief, Chair of Department of Surgery, Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs and Vice-president for Interventional Services at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles

Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Gewertz served on the faculty at the University of Chicago (1981-2006). There he enjoyed a regional and national referral practice in vascular surgery and established a basic science laboratory focused on cellular mechanisms of ischemia-reperfusion injury, which was funded, by the NIH and American Heart Association. For the last 14 years of his tenure at the University of Chicago, he served as the Dallas Phemister Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery.

Joining Cedars-Sinai Health System in 2006, he has focused on ensuring that hospital operations support the institution’s academic mission. In his position as Vice-president for Interventional Services, he has provided professional leadership and oversight for our surgical and interventional operation which encompasses a large number of clinical venues and departments. The Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai has added to its academic stature by targeted recruitments across all specialties more than doubling clinical revenues while expanding the clinical faculty by 50%. Five surgical clinical programs are now ranked in the top 16 in US NEWS and World Report including the #2 programs in GI surgery and the # 3 programs in heart surgery and orthopedics. Annual expenditures from federal grants have increased from $250,000 per year in 2006 to a projected $13.8M (direct and indirect) this year. This places Cedars-Sinai in the top 15 surgery departments in the country in NIH funding and contributes the largest fraction of our $17.3M of total research funding.

In his role as Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Gewertz has been focused on enhancing interdepartmental and institute relations to further clinical and research achievements. He has been particularly interested in supporting academic recruiting and restructuring successful academic units into new departments such as orthopedics and cardiac surgery. More recently he has shifted to outreach to our new health system partners, assessing needs and building productive relationships.

Dr. Gewertz has established a new direction in his personal research and now focuses on the role of human factors in clinical performance and the importance of emotional intelligence in personal and professional development. The basic approach has been developing objective measures of efficiency and safety in diverse situations such as the emergent care of traumatic injuries and other surgical scenarios. These efforts have resulted in more than 250 publications, significant grant funding (exceeding $4M) as well as prestigious speaking engagements indicating broad national recognition. His more than 175 external talks have included more than 30 named lectureships. Along with David Logan, he authored a bestselling book on physician leadership (The Best Medicine: A Physicians Guide to Effective Leadership, Springer, New York, NY, 2015).

In the clinical arena, he is nationally and internationally known for his personal experience in the treatment of carotid artery disease and mesenteric ischemic syndromes. His large clinical practice has led to authorship of two popular textbooks (Atlas of Vascular Surgery, published by Elsivier with now 2 editions in 7 different languages and Surgery of the Aorta and its Branches, published by Saunders).

The Chicago Booth Physician Leadership Program offers a unique approach to learning consisting of several sessions and a leadership challenge that ties learnings together into one immersive experience. 

The Program Sessions

Measuring and Managing Outcomes and Costs  

  • Develop a foundation in understanding how patient outcomes and costs are measured and managed, and their consequences for the financial health of the hospital.
  • Learn the various methods of risk adjustment and their pitfalls, including the inherent trade-offs between measures.
  • Understand how to leverage data to maximize the value proposition of improving outcomes and lowering costs. 

Evaluating Value-Based Incentives and Initiatives

  • Building on an understanding of how hospital revenue is generated, explore the economic structure of value-based incentives and risk-sharing contracts and their connection with outcomes measurement.
  • Learn how to evaluate and benchmark the financial, clinical, and operational impact of new, not-yet-proven approaches to care delivery as data-driven experiments to improve value.

Understanding Dynamics of Physician Leadership

  • Review a model of professional development that enumerates the specific skill sets needed to progress in influence and position across time.
  • Identify the attitudes and behaviors needed to function at the highest levels when presented with a wide range of professional and personal challenges. 

Dealing With Complex Physician Relationships and Performance Evaluation

  • Through a specific case study, determine the most effective methods to produce positive outcomes especially in personnel driven management challenges. The effects of such conflicts on institutional culture and subsequent performance will be considered.

Leadership Challenge

Participants will be presented with a multi-faceted leadership challenge that simulates a real hospital business problem. The leadership challenge will incorporate patient outcomes, finances, and personnel/leadership issues, and participants will incorporate relevant data to form hypotheses and justify action plans.

This program requires an application to enroll. To apply for the program, candidates must submit:

1. A completed application

2. A resume or CV

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. During the review process, a member of the admissions committee may contact you or your executive sponsor to discuss your application.

To learn more about the application process, please contact us at or +1 312.464.8732.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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