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Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program

Columbia Business School has become a leader in healthcare business education providing students with a real world understanding of the increasingly complex global healthcare industry. Developed by senior industry executives, this area of study is integrated into the School’s full-time MBA program and offers innovative and insightful healthcare courses, learning and networking opportunities with industry leaders, experiential learning opportunities, and career development and planning. The Program emphasizes critical thinking and encourages the development of new approaches to address the strategic, economic, competitive, technological and sociopolitical challenges facing this important sector. The Program helps students successfully pursue careers in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices & diagnostics, healthcare services, management consulting, investment banking, equity research, venture capital, private equity, and entrepreneurship.  

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Prof. Cliff Cramer, Director, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program
  • Managing director, healthcare investment banking, JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch
  • Vice President corporate development & planning, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Co-founder American Healthcare Capital/ VHA Enterprises
Chris DeNoia '04, Associate Director, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program
  • Vice President product management and new product development, United Healthcare
  • Asia-Pacific service delivery management, JP Morgan
Lorraine Marchand '06, Senior Associate Director, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program
  • President, Biospark LLC
  • Co-Founder, Triana Group, Life Sciences
  • Chief Executive Office, Ocular Proteomics
  • Chief Operating Officer, Clinilabs
  • Vice President, Covance
  • Executive Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Director, National Institutes of Health
Prof. Robert Essner, Executive in Residence
  • Retired Chairman/CEO, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  • Distinguished 33-year career in global pharmaceutical industry


Cliff Cramer
Adjunct Professor
Director, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program
Robert Essner
Adjunct Professor
Executive in Residence, Columbia Business School
Linda Green Ph.D.
Armand G. Erpf Professor of the Modern Corporation;
Decision, Risk and Operations
Ken Hitchner '92
Adjunct Professor
Partner and Head of Healthcare Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
Frank Lichtenberg Ph.D.
Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business; Finance and Economics
Alex Preker
Adjunct Professor
Head of Health Industry and Investment Policy Analysis, World Bank Group
Jack Rowe
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health
Former Chairman & CEO Aetna, Inc.; Former President & CEO, Mt. Sinai Hospital (NY)
Francoise Simon
Adjunct Professor

The Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program works closely with other staff areas within Columbia Business School to provide integrated support to the School’s faculty and students.


  • Amanda Carlson, Director, Admissions
  • Mary Miller, Assistant Dean, Admissions


  • Cheryl Carruthers, Executive Director for Advancement Services
  • Casey Collier, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Alexandra Dreyer, Assistant Director
  • David Keeffe, Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts
  • Samantha Nathan, Associate Director, Major Gifts
  • Janet Rossbach, Executive Director of Alumni Relations
  • Susan Teperow, Assistant Director


  • Dan Gabriel, Senior Associate Director, Outreach and Marketing
  • Bruce Lloyd, Director
  • Regina Resnick, Associate Dean


  • Eric Hall, Associate Director
  • Ray Morales, Director
  • Deepak Rajwani, Applications Development Service Manager
  • Calvin Zhu, Senior Web Developer


  • Brett Essler, Web Editor
  • Victoria Fullard, Director of Communications
  • Jane Trombley, Director of Public Relations


  • Nayla Bahri, Assistant Dean, MBA Program and Dean of Students
  • Megan Carley, Associate Director