Executive Education

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 cross-functional teams and implement data-driven financial 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. Unlike other business school physician programs, the Chicago Booth Physician Leadership Program culminates a unique, experiential Leadership Challenge.

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.
  • Discover the profitable financial growth that can occur when combining effective leadership with strategic, analytical decision-making skills.


Gleacher Center, downtown Chicago, IL


University of Chicago Medicine physicians are eligible for a discount on the April 2020 offering; please contact us to learn more.

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Dan Adelman

Charles I. Clough, Jr. Professor of Operations Management and John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow

Dan Adelman is a leading expert in management analytics, which helps companies deploy data and decision analysis to build world-class strategic and tactical management capabilities, resulting in higher profits with lower risk and competitive advantage. Dr. Adelman publishes regularly and holds editorial positions in leading academic journals. He also leads the Healthcare Analytics Laboratory at Chicago Booth.

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Bruce Gewertz, MD

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Interventional Services, and Surgeon-in-Chief, Cedars-Sinai

Dr. Bruce L. Gewertz is a nationally known vascular surgeon with 40 years’ experience in academic medicine. Since 2006, he has served as vice dean for academic affairs, vice president for interventional services, and surgeon-in-chief at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Previously, he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago for 25 years; serving 14 of those years as surgery department chair.

Along with David Logan, he co-authored a highly successful book on physician development, The Best Medicine: A Physician’s Guide to Effective Leadership. Widely sought as a keynote speaker and consultant on leadership and organization, he has counseled multiple academic institutions and hospitals.

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 departments. The program is 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 burn out

Program Admissions

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.


The Chicago Booth Physician Leadership Program offers a unique approach to learning. This program consists of two core sessions and a Leadership Challenge that ties learnings together into one immersive experience.

The Core Sessions

Value-based Healthcare and Financial Drivers of Profitability 

This module is focused on strategies and processes to improve the financial health of your organization. Participants will explore how to evaluate their competition, identify their practices’ competitive strengths, and discover tactics to grow their profit margins by gaining insights into how professional and hospital revenues are generated. Physicians will discover how patient outcomes and care processes impact value-based incentives, rankings, and public reporting, and learn how to drive improvement in these areas using data to influence others.

Building Your Tool Kit for Transformative Leadership

This module will channel your authentic leadership style to lead teams effectively for success. You will discover critical traits for building a high-performance work environment that drives financial results and accelerates sustainable, profitable growth. This session includes how to encourage the attributes associated with a healthy workplace environment and how to influence through collaboration, commitment, communication, and valuing people. You will leave the session with the skills to design and lead in a competitive healthcare organization..>

Leadership Challenge: Moving Data to Impact

Unlike other physician leadership programs, Chicago Booth’s program integrates a Leadership Challenge into its curriculum for an immersive experience. Working in teams, attendees will be challenged to find a solution to a unique management problem using the application of the programs’ core teachings. Ultimately, attendees will leave the program with a new set of strategic decision-making skills that encompass the evolution and deployment of data to influence internal stakeholders.

Upcoming Courses

Date Fee  
April 1-4, 2020 $8,700 Apply Now »
September 30–October 3, 2020 $8,700 Apply Now »

Fee does not include accommodations.

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