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.

Ryung Suh, MD, MBA, MPP, MPH

Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Research
Associate Professor at Georgetown University

Ryung Suh, MD, MBA, MPP, MPH
Atlas Research
  • Can you describe your background?[+]
            Ryung Suh, MD, MBA, MPP, MPH, is Chief Executive Officer for Atlas Research and serves as Associate Professor for Health Systems Administration at Georgetown University. He holds additional faculty appointments at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Georgetown University’s School of Medicine, and he served as a Senior Fellow for the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago.

    I went to business school to better understand the world through the perspective of a business leader
    Ryung Suh, MD, MBA, MPP, MPH
            Dr. Suh has over twenty years of private sector experience as a health care consultant, research scholar, and physician executive, and has served for over twenty years in the U.S. Army as an infantry and medical corps officer with a diverse set of operational, special operations, and military health system responsibilities. He currently leads a management consulting and research firm that provides strategic advisory services; program development, management, and evaluation; and scientific and technical consulting services to government agencies and private sector organizations. He specializes in health policy analysis, health services research, health systems administration, health care strategic planning, and business innovations.

            Dr. Suh is board-certified in occupational medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FACOEM). He serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP), on the board of directors for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), and on the American Medical Association Common Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel Advisory Committee, as well as various leadership positions within other professional organizations and medical specialty societies.

    I do see value in immersing yourself in unfamiliar territory
    Ryung Suh, MD, MBA, MPP, MPH
            Dr. Suh graduated from the United States Military Academy and completed his medical, public policy, and management studies at Georgetown University, with additional studies at the Yonsei University School of International Studies and Trinity College, Oxford University. He is a combat veteran who has deployed to multiple overseas locations to include service as a task force surgeon during Operation Enduring Freedom, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. His military qualifications include airborne, ranger, jumpmaster, and flight surgeon. He continues to serve in the US Army Reserve (USAR), as Detachment Surgeon for the USAR Consequence Management Unit, dealing with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.
  • Why did you decide to pursue an MD/MBA?[+]
            I’ve always felt that health care systems are driven by concurrent, but often conflicting, influences. Clinical expertise and the health care needs of a given population are often well represented by health professionals and consumer groups. The policy framework and the structural features of health system organization, delivery, and financing fall within the realm of policymakers and the health services researchers and analysts that inform the policy process. The resource constraints of a given system and the incentives that move payers, providers, and patients fall to administrators and business leaders.
  • What have you learned from the MBA?[+]
            All of their voices are important, but we don’t always speak the same language or share the same values across these professional groups, and it leads to conflict and misunderstanding within our health system. I went to business school to better understand the world through the perspective of a business leader. I’d spent my professional life in the military, as a clinician (at both the patient and population levels) with an enduring interest in health policy issues, but I wanted to see the world in a new light. I do not see any intrinsic value in an MBA versus other graduate programs, but I do see value in immersing yourself in unfamiliar territory.
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