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2017 Midland Lecture

The Changing Healthcare Landscape!? Time for Some Critical Thinking
Monday, March 20, 2017
Thompson Library Multipurpose Room (165)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

2017 Midland Lecturer
Lawton Robert Burns, Ph.D., M.B.A.

James Joo-Jin Kim Professor
Professor of Health Care Management
Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Director of the Wharton Center for Health Management & Economics
Co-Director of the Roy & Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management



There is a widespread consensus that the healthcare system is moving from “volume to value,” with huge implications for all stakeholders (as recently discussed in a Goldman Sachs report: “Healthcare’s Holy Grail: Better Outcomes at Lower Costs,” 2/2/17). But is this scenario really true? Is this transition happening as quickly as analysts suggest? And does it really portend healthcare that is higher in quality and lower in costs? These are critical questions that demand critical thinking. This presentation will assess whether the movement to value is real, rapid, and beneficial.

Lawton Robert Burns, Ph.D., M.B.A., is the James Joo-Jin Kim Professor, a Professor of Health Care Management, and a Professor of Management in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Director of the Wharton Center for Health Management & Economics, and Co-Director of the Roy & Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management.  He received his doctorate in Sociology and his MBA in Health Administration from the University of Chicago. Dr. Burns taught previously in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago and the College of Business Administration at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Burns has analyzed physician-hospital integration and integrated delivery networks over the past 30 years. In recognition of this research, Dr. Burns recently received the 2015 Distinguished Research Scholar Award from the Academy of Management and its Health Care Administration Division. He was named the Edwin L. Crosby Memorial Fellow by the Hospital Research and Educational Trust in 1992. Dr. Burns has also published several papers on hospital systems, physician group practices, ACOs, managed care, and price transparency. The last 15 years he spent studying the healthcare supply chain. He completed a book on supply chain management in the healthcare industry, The Health Care Value Chain (Jossey-Bass, 2002), and a recent analysis of alliances between imaging equipment makers and hospital systems. These studies focus on the strategic alliances and partnerships developing between pharmaceutical firms/distributors, disposable manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, group purchasing organizations, and organized delivery systems.  He has also edited The Business of Healthcare Innovation (Cambridge University Press, 2012) which analyzes the healthcare technology sectors globally: pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and information technology. Most recently, he has served as lead editor of the 6th Edition of the major text, Healthcare Management: Organization Design & Behavior (Delmar, 2011). His latest book, India’s Healthcare Industry, was just published in 2014 (Cambridge University Press, 2014), to be followed in 2016 by a companion volume on China’s Healthcare Industry and Reform (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Dr. Burns teaches courses on healthcare strategy, strategic change, strategic implementation, organization and management, managed care, and integrated delivery networks. From 1998-2002, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, where he taught corporate strategy to physicians. Dr. Burns also received an Investigator Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the reasons for failure in organizational change efforts by healthcare providers. He is a past member of the Grant Review Study Section for the Agency for Health Care Policy & Research, and a past board member of the Health Services Section of the Institute of Medicine. He is also a Life Fellow of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge.


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The Midland Lecture Series brings The Ohio State University campus distinguished commentators on health care issues. The annual lectures are sponsored by the College of Public Health’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy and a fund created by the Midland Life Insurance Company in 1990 to further the national dialogue on important issues of health and insurance.