Moderator: Cliff Cramer, Director, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program and Adjunct Professor, Columbia Business School
Mr. Cramer spent over
25 years as a senior professional in the financial services and
healthcare/ pharmaceutical sectors. He was Managing Director at
Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan in their global healthcare investment
banking groups, and Vice President, Corporate Planning &
Development at Merck & Co., Inc., with worldwide responsibilities
for strategic planning and business development.
previous experiences also include the co-founding of American Health
Capital / VHA Enterprises, Inc., a healthcare/ financial services firm
serving the capital needs of multi-hospital systems and other
healthcare providers, and investment banking positions with Paine
Webber, Inc. and L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin, Inc.
Mr. Cramer is currently
Director of the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program and
Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, Graduate School of Business. He teaches two courses in the spring semester: Strategy and Competition in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, and Healthcare Investment and Dealmaking.
Moderator: Linda V. Green
Armand G. Erpf Professor, Columbia Business School
Linda V. Green is the
Armand G. Erpf Professor at Columbia Business School. She earned her
doctorate in Operations Research from Yale University. Her research,
which has focused on the development and application of mathematical
models of service systems, has resulted in dozens of publications in
the major technical journals including Operations Research, Management Science, and The Journal of Applied Probability as well as prominent healthcare journals such as Health Services Research, Inquiry and Academic Emergency Medicine. Her
early work led to the development of a model for the dispatching and
allocation of emergency vehicles which became the foundation for a
patrol car allocation model that is used by many major cities in the
U.S. as well as several other countries. Her current research is on
identifying operational policies to improve the delivery of healthcare.
Specific projects focus on improving emergency responsiveness,
developing strategies for the efficient and effective use of major
diagnostic equipment such as MRIs, providing timely access to primary
care, and the development of a new nurse staffing methodology. She is a
co-founder and co-director of the Columbia Alliance for Healthcare
Management, a unique partnership of the College of Physicians and
Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health and the Business School
of Columbia University dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary
research and education in healthcare management. She has been a
consultant for both private and public sector organizations and has
served on several advisory boards. She has served in many
administrative positions at both Columbia and in the major professional
societies and is currently the Department Editor for Public Sector
Applications for the journal Management Science.
In recognition of her professional achievements, Professor Green was
elected a Fellow of INFORMS, the premier international professional
society for operations research and management science.
Officers of the HCIA are first- and second-year MBA students pursuing careers in the healthcare industry.