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Christopher Teng

Chris Teng ’23

MBA for Executives


Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale School of Medicine

As a physician with a busy clinical practice and administrative responsibilities, I’ve experienced the complexity of our healthcare system and the challenges to providing quality care. The industry is evolving at a rapid pace, and I want to be at the forefront of this change. To make a real difference, I recognized I needed an MBA to broaden my perspective. I don’t want to be someone who is reacting to change; I want to be a leader who is creating change.

Courses in finance, accounting, strategy, management, leadership, economics, operations, building teams, population health, and global health all broadened my skill set, but the Workforce course in particular was tremendous. I learned so much about leadership, mission, organizational values, and team synergy. My philosophy is to allow people to be their best selves. Success is achieved through a strong culture built on shared values. Yes, strategy is important, but culture beats strategy any day. Empowered people power an organization.

The return on investment of the EMBA program is immense. In the program we learn how to foster respect, be a team player, and strive for excellence. This program is for anyone who aspires to be the change they wish to see in the world. You will come out of Yale SOM prepared to make an impact.

Chris Teng at work
Chris Teng at work
Chris Teng with friends in front of Evans Hall

At Yale SOM, we view societal problems through multiple lenses, including the global view. I’m a member of Operation Restore Sight, which is a group of eye specialists dedicated to providing care and educating doctors throughout the world. International experiences have shaped me as a person and have broadened my worldview. They have also made me realize how fortunate this country is to have so many resources. We must find a way to better leverage these resources for our friends worldwide and stateside.

SOM has taught me countless skills that will enable me to impact people’s lives beyond clinical care. I’ve learned to evaluate issues from multiple vantage points and to combine financial, strategic and analytical frameworks to generate solutions. The professors and coursework are world class, my classmates are amazing, and the amount of knowledge gained is unquantifiable. There are no limits.