Alan Kurose '14

President and CEO, Coastal Medical

I negotiate contracts with health insurance companies for all the physicians in our group. The things that I learned in Probability and Game Theory and Negotiations classes at Yale I was literally using the next week.

I’ve been leading an organization of more than 500 employees, and I’ve been doing it without any formal business training. I really saw it as essential to get an MBA. We’re doing all this reform work in the delivery system and payment space in healthcare, and physicians have to be part of this conversation. Being able to bridge that gap, having all the experience of delivering care and getting a business education, will put me in a position to help guide the organization and also to be part of a larger discussion about how we make the healthcare delivery system more effective for patients as well as cost efficient.

I already bring the lens of an experienced primary care physician, the lens of my four years of experience in this administrative position, and the lens of pretty intimate knowledge of a lot of the stakeholders in this market.

The MBA for Executives: Leadership in Healthcare program at Yale SOM has given me a broader perspective, another lens to look through. Part of it is techniques and tools, but it’s more than that. The disciplined financial approach that I’ve learned at Yale, and the way to think strategically and analytically both from probability and game theory standpoints, all come into play.

I negotiate contracts with health insurance companies for all the physicians in our group. The things that I learned in Probability and Game Theory and Negotiations classes at Yale I was literally using the next week. I was drawing probability trees and decision trees. I was putting them on the whiteboard here and explaining them to our team.

Interviewed on January 30, 2013.

Al Kurose
President and CEO, Coastal Medical