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“The diverse backgrounds in the cohort have broadened my appreciation and understanding of a wide variety of business sectors. The close-knit environment facilitated numerous strong connections across the class. Imagine having a close network of friends that are also experts in a variety of fields…that’s what you'll find at Fuqua!”
Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, and Executive Co-Director, Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center
Duke Children’s Hospital

Weekend Executive MBA

Class of 2020
Health Care

Prior Education:

University of Illinois
Doctorate of Medicine/PhD—Pharmacology, 2002

Northwestern University
Biochemistry, 1994
Durham, North Carolina


I believe the Health Sector Management certificate is a must for anyone contemplating a future in health care. This program is truly world-class all-around – from the highly reputable and teaching-oriented faculty to the strong collaborations with the renowned Duke-Margolis Health Policy Center and proximity to a leading health care organization in Duke Health. The added bonus was a diverse and highly accomplished cohort that I learned from daily.

Before Fuqua

I’ve been in medicine for more than 25 years. I am currently the Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and Executive Co-Director of the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Duke Children’s Hospital, part of the Duke Health system.

After Fuqua

I’m looking forward to leading Duke’s world-class Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center as we transition into a financial service line. This transition will be key to enhance our clinical, research, and educational missions as we strive to become the best pediatric heart program in the nation.

5 Random Things About Me

  1. I am the eighth Joseph Turek in a row.
  2. I completed my first heart surgery at age 16 on a rat.
  3. I was a finalist in the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee.
  4. My maternal grandfather was a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns.
  5. I used to have an eidetic (photographic) memory, but it faded away.

Weekend Executive MBA

Top Areas of Career Focus

IT (16%)
Financial Services (14%)
Health Care/Health Services (10%)
Manufacturing/Operations (9%)
Sales/Business Development (8%)
Consulting (8%)

Typical Class Demographics
Weekend Executive MBA

Age Range


Work Experience

5-20 years

Students with Advanced Degrees


Countries Represented



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