MD/MBA Interviews

In this section, we will be profiling and interviewing MD/MBAs to highlight the variety of roles, professions, and career paths the dual-degree allowed these successful men and women to pursue.

Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA

Faculty Physician, Harvard Medical Faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
National Spokesperson, American College of Emergency Physicians
TV Host, OnCall with Dr. Darria

Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA
On Call with Dr. Darria
  • Can you describe your background?[+]
    As a physician, I can either have financial and operations decisions made for me, or I can prepare to be in a position to steer the decisions myself.
    Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA
            Dr. Darria is on academic faculty at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician in the Department of emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. She earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and her Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

            She currently is the host of  television’s “OnCall with Dr Darria” in Brookline, MA,  as well as the show “Healthy U with Dr Darria” which shows in Hull, MA. Additionally, she is a National Spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians. In this role, she has contributed to numerous articles in national media in print and on the web, as well as in live radio interviews and educational videos.

            Dr Darria has both published and presented academic research articles including plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, and hospital strategic and financial business development.  She has also worked in the financial industries of healthcare venture capital and as an analyst for Fidelity Management and Research, in Boston, MA.
  • Why did you decide to pursue an MD/MBA?[+]
             I chose to pursue an MBA to address the growing financial and operations demands of healthcare.  These types of decisions would need to be made, and as a physician, I could either have them made for me (by someone likely a non-physician), or I could prepare to be in a position to steer the decisions myself.
  • How has the MBA affected your career?[+]
            Having both the medical and business experience creates a fantastic position where one is able to speak to --and understand the respective frustrations of-- the physician providers,  the administrators/payors, and the patients.  Options to use this experience are broad, ranging from finance (working in a venture capital firm, private equity, or even investment management as a healthcare analyst) to operations (in hospital administration, operations for medical technology) or strategic.  In addition, my mentors from business school encouraged me to grow my career in ways that I would not have ever imagined, including a role in the media, with a health-focused television show and website.
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