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Physician NonClinical Careers with John Jurica

Jan 15, 2019

In this episode, I interview Dr. Ralph Wuebker, CMO at Optum 360, a revenue cycle company offering end to end solutions for providers (including hospitals, physician group, labs, etc.).

Ralph’s current primary responsibility is building Optum’s On Site Physician Advisor (OSPA) program, including: sales support, recruiting, training and oversight of physicians at over 70 hospitals

Prior to that he worked as VP at Executive Health Resources, and was Medical Director at Great West Healthcare. He received his MD from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at St Louis University. He later completed an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

What I like about today's interview is learning how Ralph transitioned from pediatrician, to physician adviser, to chief medical officer of a large provider support organizaton. And, we spend a few minutes discussing the cost/benefit analysis of pursuing an MBA

We get into many other topics, with lots of useful advice along the way. Towards the end of our discussion, Ralph provides very actionable advice about how to pursue a physician advisor career.

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