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Michael Swan, M.D.

Michael Swan, M.D.

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2008

Physician, Healthcare Consultant, Swan Gynecology and Pelvic Surgery


Learning a New Language

Dr. Swan Masters the Business of Health Care


Like many physicians, Dr. Michael Swan sought an MBA to gain a deeper understanding of business. That knowledge, he recognized, would help him take full advantage of leadership opportunities he had received as the Physician Executive overseeing women's health services for a Nashville-area health system, Saint Thomas Health Services.

But he found that the rewards were even greater than he had expected. "I came in, as most physicians do, hoping to better understand the language of business, finance and accounting," he explains. "I was pleasantly surprised that there were other skills I came away with that were even more applicable. I have a better understanding of organizational behavior, operations and marketing and have utilized all of these in my work–from how we protect our brand equity to understanding the economic drivers in the Saint Thomas Research Institute."

Fortunately, medical school and residency had prepared him for the rigorous work waiting for him at Owen. "The Vanderbilt Executive MBA program will challenge you and push you to your limits," he says.