Dr. Michael Apkon ’02 is the CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children. He is interviewed by Keval Desai ’20, a joint degree MBA/MD student in his first year at Yale SOM.
Dr. Michael Apkon ’02, president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children, is a physician executive and physician scientist. In that capacity, he leads a 415-bed hospital staffed by 6,000 employees, scientists, medical staff, students, and volunteers with a $1 billion budget. Prior to coming to Tufts Medical Center, Apkon was the president and CEO at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario, recognized as one of the world’s top children’s hospitals and Canada’s most research-intensive hospital. Apkon has also held senior executive and academic roles at top academic health science centers, including senior vice president for medical affairs and the chief medical officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as well as roles at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health System, including being the vice president for performance management at the Yale New Haven Health System and the vice president/executive director leading Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. He has held faculty positions at the University of Toronto, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University’s School of Medicine and School of Management.
Keval Desai ’20 is a first-year MBA student pursuing a joint degree with the Yale School of Medicine. He has completed the core clinical clerkship year and sub-internship. Prior to coming to Yale, Keval pursued a bachelor of science from the University of California, San Diego and studied comparative philosophy and religion in India. Keval hopes to combine his passion for medicine and training at SOM to pursue a career in health systems administration, looking for ways to make health care more efficient and affordable. Keval was born in India and grew up in Northern California.