Curriculum for the Nashville Health Care Councils Fellows initiative is oriented around the program’s objective to empower the leadership of modern health care companies to develop strategic competencies and knowledge for sustainable value creation.

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As a result of the Fellows experience, participants will accomplish the following:

Grow a deep understanding of and strategic approach to the specific challenges facing the U.S. health care sector.

Learn new ways to define problems and develop solutions.

Implement strategy and better effect change in their organizations.

Over the course of eight, day-long sessions that combine business strategy and leadership development, the following topics are addressed:


Industry trends


Leadership skill development






Strategic opportunities


Change management



Enhancing the classroom curriculum is an immersion component that exposes Fellows to behind-the-scenes looks at diverse aspects of the Nashville health care sector. This includes site visits and other experiential elements.

The Fellows classes take place at the Owen Graduate School of Management’s Center Building at Vanderbilt University. The classes feature nationally-respected CEOs and guest speakers from Nashville and across the nation who represent various interests related to both the health care industry and leadership studies. Additional curriculum is provided through Harvard Business School industry case studies.


  • George Barrett, CEO, Cardinal Health
  • Richard Bracken, Former CEO, HCA
  • David Brailer, CEO, Health Evolution Partners, former National Coordinator of HMS
  • Dan Buettner, Author of Blue Zones
  • Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
  • Paul Farmer, M.D./Ph.D., Co-Founder, Partners in Health
  • Rushika Fernandopulle, Co-Founder and CEO, Iora Health
  • Tom Frieden, M.D., Director, CDC
  • Frank Luntz, Political Consultant, Pollster, and Strategist

  • Dean Ornish, M.D., Author of The Spectrum
  • Michael Porter, Professor of Strategy, Harvard University
  • Uwe E. Reinhardt PhD, Professor of Economics, Princeton University
  • Susan Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures
  • Kent Thiry, CEO, DaVita
  • Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente
  • Devi Shetty, M.D., Chairman and Founder, Narayana Health
  • Dr. Regina E. Herzlinger, Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Troyen Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health

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