Health Care Alumni Advisory Board

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the Health Sector Management program plus current students and alumni, as members of the Healthcare Alumni Advisory Board for the 2013-2014 year. Led by Mike Dombeck MBA '03, Chair, and  Rich Embrey '08, Vice Chair, the board meets twice each year.
Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker MBA '06

Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), Vice President of Health Economics

Drew Baker is Vice President of Health Economics with the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). He conducts original research within the division of Health Economics, Finance, and Research. Drew has extensive experience operating in and consulting to the provider, payer and life sciences industries. Prior to joining GNYHA, he led initiatives in the areas of commercial opportunity assessment, product and service development, health technology assessment, and comparative effectiveness and outcomes research. He spent 15 years with Pfizer and was a founding member of the company's Global Outcomes Research function. He's also served as an executive with several health care management consulting firms.

Drew has published and presented extensively in the areas of biopharmaceutical value estimation, health care quality and health policy. His articles have appeared in such publications as PharmacoEconomics, Pharmaceutical Executive and The Wall Street Journal. While at Pfizer, Drew received the American College of Medical Quality's Institutional Achievement Award for his development and implementation the first biopharmaceutical industry medical affairs program to assist health care organizations enhance quality of care.

While at Pfizer, he received the American College of Medical Quality's Institutional Achievement Award for his development and implementation of the first biopharmaceutical industry program to assist healthcare organizations enhance quality of care. Drew holds an MBA from Duke University, a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from Princeton University, and BA and BS degrees from Syracuse University. Drew also completed graduate coursework in medical technology evaluation and clinical decision analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research has been published and presented in a wide array of scientific and policy journals and meetings.

David Baker

David Baker MBA '90

Alcobra, Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Baker joined Alcobra in January 2014 as the Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to joining Alcobra, he worked at Shire for 10 years, most recently as Vice President of Commercial Strategy and New Business in the Neuroscience Business Unit. In that role, he led the commercial assessment of neuroscience licensing opportunities, managed commercial efforts on pipeline CNS products, and led the long term strategic planning process.Previously, he served as Global General Manager for Vyvanse® where he led the launch of Vyvanse, led the launch of the adult indication for Vyvanse, and led global expansion efforts including successful establishment of a partnership in Japan and launches in Canada and Brazil. Prior to that, Mr. Baker served as Vice President of Marketing for all of Shire's ADHD products. He has been directly involved with the commercialization of five approved ADHD medications.

From 1990 - 2004, Mr. Baker worked at Merck where he held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales, market research, and business development. In addition to his knowledge and experience with CNS medications, Mr. Baker's therapeutic expertise includes osteoporosis, migraine, and hyperlipidemia. He has been directly involved with the marketing of five medications with annual sales in excess of $1 billion each.

Mr. Baker graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Computer Science from Duke University. He earned a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Duke's Fuqua School of Business.

Charles Bass

Charles Bass MBA '02

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Director, Global Strategic Marketing

Charles Bass is currently a Director of Global Strategic Marketing at Janssen Pharmaceuticals. In this role, he is responsible for providing commercial leadership to guide the development of compounds in the early Mood portfolio. Charles also heads up the commercial assessment for New Business Development activities in the Mood therapeutic area for Janssen. Prior to this position, Charles has held numerous positions at Janssen Pharmaceuticals across Sales, Marketing, and Analytics since joining Janssen in a Marketing Leadership Development rotational program. His career has spanned U.S. and global roles as well as in-line, New Business Development, and strategic marketing across both small molecule and biologic compounds.  

Prior to Fuqua, Charles worked as a Physical Therapist at Duke University Medical Center and in the Duke University Sports Medicine department. In addition to graduating from Fuqua with his MBA and a Health Sector Management concentration in 2002, he earned an MS in Physical Therapy from Duke University as well as a BA in Psychology from Davidson College. Charles lives with his wife, Agnes (Fuqua Daytime MBA Class of 2001), and his daughters, Lauren (10) and Ella (5), outside Princeton, NJ. Cooking for family and friends and watching his daughters dance fill his free time with a lot of happiness. 

Abram Becker

Abram Becker MBA '06

Ipsos Healthcare, Vice President, Commercial Strategy

Abram has over 10 years of experience evaluating and forecasting the demand for healthcare products and services in markets across the globe. In his role as Vice President, Commercial Strategy at Ipsos Healthcare, he works with Ipsos teams around the world to provide multi-stakeholder market insight to Ipsos Healthcare clients, helping them make data-driven clinical, commercial, and corporate development decisions. Abram also works to help expand Ipsos Healthcare's suite of industry-leading syndicated products and services to new geographies and therapy areas, as well as build and launch new products and services. Prior to Ipsos, he worked in healthcare equity research at UBS and in global and U.S. market research and forecasting roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Abram received an MBA with a Certificate in Health Sector Management from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2006, as well as a BS in Biology from Duke University's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences in 1995. He and his wife, Heather, live in Madison, Wisconsin, with their son, Cole (3), and are expecting a second son soon. Abram and Heather (an Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UNC fan from her years as a surgery resident in Chapel Hill) enjoy returning to Durham and Chapel Hill as often as possible.

Jeanine DaSilva MBA '94

GE Healthcare, Senior Lean Leader
Mike Dombeck

Mike Dombeck MBA '03

GlaxoSmithKline, Director, R&D Strategy and Portfolio Group

Mike Dombeck has worked with GSK since 2009, and is currently a Director in the R&D Strategy and Portfolio Group. Over fifteen years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, Mike's career prior to GSK has included market research and portfolio planning with Talecris Biotherapeutics (now Grifols), leading business development for DarPharma, Inc. (now BioValve), business development and corporate strategy consulting with Campbell Alliance, and outcomes research with Research Triangle Institute's Health Solutions. In addition, he is a co-founder of Cempra Pharmaceuticals, a Research Triangle Park, NC company developing a new class of fluoroketolide antibiotics, and an advisor to Precision Biosciences, a Duke University spinout developing Directed Nuclear Editing (DNE) technology. Mike completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at Duke University, with an MBA and Master of Public Policy, a Health Sector Management Certificate, and a BS in biology and health policy.

Robyn Eckermann

Robyn Eckermann MBA '05

HCA Central and West Texas Division/St. David’s HealthCare, VP, Strategic Planning

Robyn Eckermann is vice president of strategic planning for HCA's Central and West Texas Division, which encompasses St. David's HealthCare in Austin, Texas, and Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare in El Paso, Texas. Named one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics, the division represents nine hospitals, more than 100 locations and nearly $2 billion in net revenue. Based in Austin, Robyn oversees the development and prioritization of each system's strategies and plans. In this capacity, she facilitates the strategic planning process and supports the health systems in service line planning, physician-hospital alignment strategies, facility master planning and feasibility studies for new access points and opportunities.

Robyn has nearly 15 years of experience in strategic, service line and facility planning. Immediately prior to joining the Central and West Texas Division, Robyn served as senior director of an internal consulting and strategic advisory arm of HCA. She also consulted with numerous health care entities across the nation while with The Camden Group.

Robyn holds a Master of Business Administration with a certificate in health sector management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a bachelor's degree in economics from UCLA. 

Robyn and her husband, Kyle, who also graduated from Fuqua, have two boys, Austin and Owen.

Richard Embrey

Richard Embrey MBA '08

Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Chief Medical Officer

Rich Embrey is Chief Medical Officer of Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, a 499-bed teaching hospital and part of Baptist Health System of Alabama. His primary focus is on development and implementation of clinical quality and efficiency programs including electronic health care record (EHR) systems, core measure compliance, implementation of a clinically integrated network and physician contracting. In this position, Rich draws upon experience in predictive analytics, risk modeling, process engineering, and Lean methodology.

Rich obtained his B.A. and M.D degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and completed his surgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Rich practiced academic cardiothoracic surgery for more than twenty years before entering his current position, and has been a faculty member at the University of Iowa, Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Southern Illinois University and Duke University. 

James Grant MBA '09

The Boston Consulting Group, Inc., Principal
Tom Kaminski

Tom Kaminski MBA '07

Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI), Director of Finance, Planning, & Administration

Tom is helping spearhead activities to launch the new Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) and is responsible for daily business, planning, and operations. He has 14 years of health care and business experience having previously worked with Accenture, HCA, LabCorp, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). Immediately prior to joining DIHI, Tom helped establish a new group responsible for business strategy and innovation activities at the DCRI. At LabCorp, Tom led corporate development projects as chief-of-staff for LabCorp CEO Dave King and then served as Director of sales and marketing for LabCorp's Oncology businesses. Tom has a BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA and Health Sector Management certificate from Duke's Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Cynthia Kilroy MBA '08

Optum Health, SVP of Provider Strategy and Business Development
Matthew Kirchner

Matthew Kirchner MBA '03

Scribes STAT, President

Prior to joining ScribesSTAT, Mr. Kirchner held various positions at Medtronic, Amgen, Johnson & Johnson, Lehman Brothers and Campbell Alliance. He has deep experience in sales, marketing, and consulting in various industries including: medical device, biotech, pharmaceutical and healthcare service industries. He is responsible for the setting the vision and driving growth in the rapidly evolving Medical Scribe and Electronic Medical Record implementation industries.

Mr. Kirchner received a Master of Business Administration from Duke University with a Health Sector Management certificate and bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Occidental College. He currently serves as Adjunct Faculty and member of the Health Sector Advisory Counsel at Duke University.

Robb Lawrence MBA '03

Salient Research and Consulting, LLC, Founder and Managing Director

Duane Lisowski MBA '98

Hospital Physician Partners, Chief Revenue Officer
George Mathew

George Mathew MBA '03

CareProsper, Inc., CEO & Founder

George Mathew is an Internal Medicine physician at Westchester Medical Center, serving as a clinical instructor for Internal Medicine residents and medical students through New York Medical College.  He has worked in several health-care related fields, including LEAN Six-Sigma operational consulting, biopharmaceutical equity research, disease management, and web-based health companies pre- and post-initial public offering.  He also conducts research on the application of mHealth or mobile/wireless health technologies in both provider and patient workflows.

George received an MBA with a certificate in Health Sector Management from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2003.  He completed the Accelerated Medical Program at Boston University in 1998, and his Internal Medicine residency through Yale University.  He is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine, and was recently invited as a Fellow to the American College of Physicians.

Rick Minicucci MHA '71

Nixon Peabody LLP, Partner

Andrew Murray MBA '05

Cigna - Global Employer Segment, Head of Strategy and Business Development - Middle East & Asia Pacific

Anne Patterson MHA '85

New Hanover Regional Med. Center, Clinical Research Officer
Kenneth Pittman

Kenneth D. Pittman MHA '86

Chief Operating Office, Director of Administration, Campus Health Services, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Ken Pittman currently serves as Chief Operating Officer/Director of Administration for the Campus Health Services of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an 80,000-visit, 200-employee multi-specialty outpatient healthcare organization. He has previously served as a hospital turnaround CEO for financially and operationally challenged hospitals in Texas, Georgia and Alabama; COO of a 300-bed community hospital in eastern North Carolina; and a hospital management consultant with Premier Inc. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for the East Carolina University School of Business.

Ken is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum. In addition to his membership on the Fuqua Healthcare Alumni Advisory Board, his Duke service and involvement includes the James B. Duke Society, the Congregation at Duke University Chapel and the Iron Dukes. Through the years, he has served his community as President of the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Council for the Arts, the local chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Ken and his partner James,a clinical psychologist, reside in Durham with their two daughters. The eldest is a senior at Elon University and the youngest is a sophomore at NC State.

Patrick Plemmons MHA '76

Plemmons Career Services, Principal
Rob Schrepfer

Rob Schrepfer MBA '03

ANI Pharmaceuticals, V.P. of Business Development and Contract Manufacturing

Rob Schrepfer currently serves as V.P. of Business Development and Contract Manufacturing at ANI Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ANIP), where he is responsible for managing new product development strategy, acquisitions, in-licensing and contract manufacturing. Prior to joining the executive management team at ANI, Rob was a Board Member at the company for four years, where he served as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee while also serving on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Prior to ANI Mr. Schrepfer served as Assistant Portfolio Manager at Healthcare Value Capital, LLC, a $110M healthcare investment firm where he oversaw public and private investments in the pharmaceutical, medical device and services from 2005 to 2013. In 2011, Mr. Schrepfer co-founded National Healthcare Analysis Group, LLC, which provides healthcare fraud consulting and due diligence as well as analytics and forensic services to businesses, professionals, and investment firms. Previously he was an equity research analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. covering the major, specialty and generic pharmaceutical industries and he also spent five years as Clinical Director and Director of Outcomes and Research at the Centers for Aquatic Rehabilitation.

Rob frequently advises start-up healthcare companies and hedge funds, focusing his efforts on capital raising/funding, strategy and finance. A frequent healthcare finance panelist, he has authored numerous medical articles including three peer-reviewed research papers and a chapter in a leading therapeutic exercise text. He has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and guest lecturer at the Duke University School of Medicine and the Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Schrepfer received an M.B.A. in Finance and Health Sector Management from Duke University and an M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis.

Rob and his wife, Coleen, a pediatric psychiatrist, live in New Jersey with their three children.

Todd Schwarzinger MBA '06

Morgan Stanley, Executive Director, Healthcare, Investment Banking Division

Rina Shah MBA '10

LabCorp, Director, Leadership Development Program
Sam Taggard

Sam Taggard MBA '09

Cigna Corporation, Operational Effectiveness Lead for Cigna Pharmacy Finance

Sam Taggard is the Operational Effectiveness Lead for Cigna Pharmacy Finance. Previously Sam was Project Manager with Cigna's Business Development group which focused on developing new businesses and strategic partnerships. He also assisted in the creation of Cigna Ventures, Cigna's corporate venture capital fund. Additionally, during his initial role at Cigna, Sam helped lead National Contracting vendor implementations to support enterprise cost and quality initiatives.

Prior to joining Cigna's HealthService Leadership Program in 2009, Sam practiced Physical Therapy in a variety of clinical settings while at Beth Israel Deaconess and HCA's Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

Sam attained a BS in Economics and Finance from Bentley College as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Business Administration from Duke University.