Bill Fera MD: Family Medicine Physician and CMO of Ernst & Young LLP’s Advisory Health Care Practice

bill fera md ernst and young Bill Fera MD is a family medicine physician and the Chief Medical Officer of 
Ernst & Young LLP’s Advisory Health Care practice. With a personal interest in health care quality improvement, he has more than a decade of clinical and information technology leadership experience at academic, community and ambulatory medical centers prior to joining EY. In this interview, Dr. Fera discusses the motivations behind his career path, as well as his views on the importance of implementing and optimizing electronic medical records (EMRs) for quality improvement. 

Can you tell me a little bit about your background? Where did you go for your undergraduate studies and what did you major in?

I went to undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania. I was in the Wharton School as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, and received dual degrees in economics and biochemistry.

Why did you choose to go to medical school? Did you have any unique experiences during your medical school that influenced your current career path?

I thought that my first career would actually be in business but I had a series of personal and family health-related crises. As a result, I had a lot of exposure to the medical community and started to develop a passion for medicine. However, I wanted to take the discipline and learning that I got in business school, and apply it to medicine, especially in terms of total quality management and continual quality improvement. [Read more…]

Dr. Ted Eytan: Family Medicine Physician and Director at Kaiser Permanente for the Permanente Federation

Ted Eytan - Kaiser Permanente Center for Total HealthTed Eytan MD is a Family Medicine physician and a Director at Kaiser Permanente for the Permanente Federation. His work is based at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health. In this interview, we chatted about the importance of telling people what you’re looking for in a career, why living in the right city makes a huge difference in your life and in your career, and how Kaiser Permanente is working to catalyze innovation in healthcare with their Center for Total Health. Read his eponymous blog here.

Where did you go to med school? What interested you about medicine?

I’m from Arizona and I went to the University of Arizona Medical School. I wanted to be a family doctor at the beginning and I wanted to be one when I finished medical school, so during my medical school years, I wanted to see how versatile my career could be. I took a year between my third and fourth years and went to UC Berkley to get an MPH. It was the perfect time in my career to discover the world of public health. After that, I graduated medical school, did my residency in Family Medicine, and then I went into fellowship at the University of Washington for two years. [Read more…]

Dr. Geeta Nayyar: Rheumatologist and CMIO of AT&T

geetanayyarGeeta Nayyar MD, MBA is the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for AT&T, where she works to guide the AT&T For Health portfolio strategy. She has been named one of the “Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives” by Modern Healthcare and one of Fierce Healthcare’s “Top 8 Women to watch for in Healthcare,” among many other accolades. Dr. Nayyar also holds memberships and committee appointments in the American College of Rheumatology and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems.  Read her top Health IT blog.


Can you tell me a little bit about your background? Where did you go to school and what did you major in?

 I got into medical school at 17, straight from high school. I went to the six-year medical program at the University of Miami Then I did my internal medicine residency at George Washington University  (GW) in Washington D.C. and stayed on to do my rheumatology fellowship. While I was a fellow, I did an MBA at GW.

When I was in the six-year medical program, I tried to do as many non-medical things as possible. I majored in biology but I minored in political science and English. I tried to have a well-rounded experience. [Read more…]

Dr. Bridget Duffy: CEO of Experia Health, former CXO of the Cleveland Clinic

bridgetDr. M. Bridget Duffy, a thought leader in the patient centered model of healthcare, previously served as the first Chief Experience Officer (CXO) of the Cleveland Clinic, the first senior position of its kind in healthcare, and is presently the CEO of ExperiaHealth, a leading resource for hospitals seeking to humanize the patient experience. After graduating from medical school at  the University of Minnesota, she completed her internal medicine residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, where she created and served as Medical Director for one of the first hospitalist services in the country. Dr. Duffy also previously served as Medical Director of Medtronic, Inc.

Can you tell me a little bit about your background? How did you decide you wanted to go to medical school?

I didn’t know what I wanted to do at all at 18 as I started college. My father is a periodontist and I worked in his office so I had some sense of healthcare. But what caused me to have great passion was about being of service to the underserved. My father on every family holiday break would take us to work at different underserved populations here in the U.S. and abroad – from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua.  [Read more…]