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Jerome LevineJerome Levine, M.D., M.B.A.
Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer
CaroMont Health

Q: You have an M.D., what made you pursue an M.B.A.?
A: After 28 years in clinical practice as an infectious disease specialist, I felt I could make a difference in population health and health care re-design by pursuing a physician leadership role.

For a successful transition and to gain the respect of senior executives, I needed business training. I also wanted to become conversant in institutional financial statements and to understand issues related to running a hospital and quality of patient care.

Q: How do your Stillman School courses help you in your daily responsibilities (i.e., help you to transform concepts into practice)?
A: There are three areas that immediately come to mind:

  1. Business Intelligence and Data Mining- To move the current health care system into an integrated, patient-centered approach, data analysis is absolutely crucial. To help make sense of the enormous amounts of data generated, I “clean” the data and use Pivot Tables daily — a skill I gained at Stillman.
  2. Supply Chain Management (SCM) - As a practicing physician, I had no idea what SCM even meant. Now, it is an integral part of my discussions with our CEO, COO and CFO. This is an expertise I learned at Stillman. 
  3. The Art of Negotiation- I often negotiate physician employment contracts. I have an understanding of both sides of the table, and using the negotiation techniques developed and learned at Stillman, I am able to successfully complete these discussions, which can be very difficult!

Q: Beyond the convenience of an M.B.A. program being offered at Hackensack University Medical Center, what other factors led to enrollment in the Stillman School program?
A: I didn’t want an on-line or executive M.B.A. Program because I wanted classes year round, and not just on the weekends. I also felt the opportunity for face to face interactions with my classmates was extremely important for team building.

Once I decided that, I looked at NYU, Columbia and Fairleigh Dickinson, but was more impressed with Stillman faculty and administration. They were readily available, engaged with students, and concerned about the quality of education being provided. 

Jerome Levine, M.D., M.B.A.

Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer
CaroMont Health
Gastonia, North Carolina

Formerly Senior Medical Director, Medical Administrative Affairs and Capacity Management
Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack, New Jersey

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, 1979
Expertise: AIDS/HIV Infection

New York Magazine “Best Doctors” 2010
New Jersey Magazine “Top Docs” 2010

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