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Executive Physician Immersion Program: Giving physicians a unique opportunity to lead

Physicians currently in the Executive Physician Immersion Program discuss the program's impact on their career.

This is a really unique program in the industry where they actually take physicians and have you use both sides of your education. So in my case, I have a medical degree and then I also have an MBA. So, this really allows me to use both of those fairly equally. It's great that I get to rotate through different aspects of Humana, learning the business side, while also infusing my clinical knowledge. It's a pretty unique program and when I was looking, it stood out. It wasn't just a position where you went in and did one area. This was to build you to become a leader within Humana and that was really exciting. Healthcare is incredibly complex, and as we shift towards value-based care, there needs to be a true coordination between providers, patients, health systems, and payers. And as a provider, most, I would say, have a very basic understanding of how the payer world work. So, I really wanted to immerse myself in the space just to learn and then secondly, I really believe in the whole person healthcare mission of Humana. It's something I'm really passionate about. When you have the opportunity to impact healthcare in a broader scale, you should grab it. I'm hoping to learn a lot about the payer space and how a business like this functions from a lot of different perspectives. From marketing and strategy and healthcare services and being able to see a variety of different teams and how they function. It's fantastic. I love it so far. People are wonderful. I love Louisville. It feels like a great opportunity. The people here at Humana that I've met so far have a genuine passion for making a difference in healthcare. There is a plethora of opportunities here and if you really apply yourself, you'll be successful here. I just say go for it. It's an amazing program. The culture at Humana is unparalleled. I think they're really committed to you as a physician, as a clinician, and as a business leader.

Meet our current program participants

Andrew (Drew) Dahlgren, M.D., MBA

Andrew (Drew) Dahlgren, M.D., MBA, is a sports medicine and family medicine physician most recently from Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Dahlgren completed his medical school training at Wayne State University and his MBA at the University of Michigan. He also completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan and has served as team physician for multiple teams including the prestigious role as team physician for USA Swimming for the National and Olympic teams. Most recently Dr. Dahlgren completed his fellowship in patient safety through the Lexington, Kentucky, VA Medical Center. He is triple-boarded in family medicine, sports medicine and obesity medicine.

Dr. Dahlgren has worked in multiple clinical roles including as the director of sports medicine for several hospital systems and private practice groups. Over the past several months, while simultaneously completing his fellowship, Dr. Dahlgren served as a physician surveyor for the Hospital Accreditation Program at The Joint Commission. During this time, Dr. Dahlgren also completed his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

While he was at the Lexington VA Medical Center, Dr. Dahlgren worked on many of the social determinants of health including food security. He worked to establish a permanent onsite food pantry, the purpose of which was to serve the at-risk veteran population and increase the awareness of food security issues among veterans. He hopes to continue to work on issues around social determinants of health as well as quality and safety issues affecting members of the Humana community. Outside of work Dr. Dahlgren likes to swim, bike and run and hopes to return to triathlons in the near future.

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Andrew (Drew) Dahlgren, M.D., MBA

Andrew (Drew) Dahlgren, M.D., MBA, is a sports medicine and family medicine physician most recently from Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Dahlgren completed his medical school training at Wayne State University and his MBA at the University of Michigan. He also completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan and has served as team physician for multiple teams including the prestigious role as team physician for USA Swimming for the National and Olympic teams. Most recently Dr. Dahlgren completed his fellowship in patient safety through the Lexington, Kentucky, VA Medical Center. He is triple-boarded in family medicine, sports medicine and obesity medicine.

Dr. Dahlgren has worked in multiple clinical roles including as the director of sports medicine for several hospital systems and private practice groups. Over the past several months, while simultaneously completing his fellowship, Dr. Dahlgren served as a physician surveyor for the Hospital Accreditation Program at The Joint Commission. During this time, Dr. Dahlgren also completed his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

While he was at the Lexington VA Medical Center, Dr. Dahlgren worked on many of the social determinants of health including food security. He worked to establish a permanent onsite food pantry, the purpose of which was to serve the at-risk veteran population and increase the awareness of food security issues among veterans. He hopes to continue to work on issues around social determinants of health as well as quality and safety issues affecting members of the Humana community. Outside of work Dr. Dahlgren likes to swim, bike and run and hopes to return to triathlons in the near future.

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Kristin Russell, M.D., MBA

Kristin Russell, M.D., MBA is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience in clinical medicine, business, and technology and a proven track record of healthcare innovation with providers, pharmaceutical companies, and startups.

Dr. Russell graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in biology, received her M.D. from Columbia University, and received her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. She did her post-graduate training at Harvard Medical School hospitals, completing her residency in psychiatry at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. After training, Dr. Russell spent ten years as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School where she taught child psychiatry and psychopharmacology courses to medical students and residents, authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, and provided psychiatric care to patients at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Russell has a strong interest in healthcare innovation and has held leadership positions at several Boston-area digital health companies. She has two decades of experience evaluating the clinical and financial viability of emerging healthcare technologies and innovative business models and has worked with over 20 digital health startups where she has advised on a range of issues including product/market fit, clinical relevance/feasibility, provider workflows, and leadership team dynamics. Dr. Russell is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School where she enjoys mentoring students and faculty members who are pursuing healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship. She is an advisor for MIT's student venture accelerator at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, a mentor at health hackathons including MIT Hacking Medicine, and a judge for Mass Challenge's health tech accelerator. She is also involved in She Gives, an organization that facilitates collaborative philanthropy with committed female donors.

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Kristin Russell, M.D., MBA

Kristin Russell, M.D., MBA is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience in clinical medicine, business, and technology and a proven track record of healthcare innovation with providers, pharmaceutical companies, and startups.

Dr. Russell graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in biology, received her M.D. from Columbia University, and received her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. She did her post-graduate training at Harvard Medical School hospitals, completing her residency in psychiatry at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. After training, Dr. Russell spent ten years as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School where she taught child psychiatry and psychopharmacology courses to medical students and residents, authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, and provided psychiatric care to patients at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Russell has a strong interest in healthcare innovation and has held leadership positions at several Boston-area digital health companies. She has two decades of experience evaluating the clinical and financial viability of emerging healthcare technologies and innovative business models and has worked with over 20 digital health startups where she has advised on a range of issues including product/market fit, clinical relevance/feasibility, provider workflows, and leadership team dynamics. Dr. Russell is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School where she enjoys mentoring students and faculty members who are pursuing healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship. She is an advisor for MIT's student venture accelerator at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, a mentor at health hackathons including MIT Hacking Medicine, and a judge for Mass Challenge's health tech accelerator. She is also involved in She Gives, an organization that facilitates collaborative philanthropy with committed female donors.

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Meera Atkins, M.D., MBA

Meera Atkins, M.D., MBA has diverse professional experience that includes extensive knowledge of managed care with expertise in Medical and Pharmacy Management principles across Government, Commercial, Self-Insured and Exchange markets. Board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Atkins holds a strong belief in evidence based medicine and has experience using data analytics to improve health outcomes while providing cost containment.

Prior to joining Humana, Dr. Atkins served as Chief Medical Officer of Coresource in Lake Forest, IL where she led a division of clinical and non-clinical personnel in medical pharmacy, case, disease and population health management activities. She provided strategic and operational oversight during the redesign of an enterprise healthcare management program which resulted in improved UM savings significantly within the first year. Dr. Atkins has served as an independent physician consultant for many organizations advising on care management platform startups and providing insights on peer and utilization review for insurance providers.

In her capacity as an OB/GYN, she was an early adopter of electronic health record systems and played a key role in championing and initiating the implementation of EHR systems within the clinics in which she practiced.

Dr. Atkins obtained her B.S. from Youngstown State University before earning her M.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University and an MBA from Northwestern University. She completed her residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Meera Atkins, M.D., MBA

Meera Atkins, M.D., MBA has diverse professional experience that includes extensive knowledge of managed care with expertise in Medical and Pharmacy Management principles across Government, Commercial, Self-Insured and Exchange markets. Board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Atkins holds a strong belief in evidence based medicine and has experience using data analytics to improve health outcomes while providing cost containment.

Prior to joining Humana, Dr. Atkins served as Chief Medical Officer of Coresource in Lake Forest, IL where she led a division of clinical and non-clinical personnel in medical pharmacy, case, disease and population health management activities. She provided strategic and operational oversight during the redesign of an enterprise healthcare management program which resulted in improved UM savings significantly within the first year. Dr. Atkins has served as an independent physician consultant for many organizations advising on care management platform startups and providing insights on peer and utilization review for insurance providers.

In her capacity as an OB/GYN, she was an early adopter of electronic health record systems and played a key role in championing and initiating the implementation of EHR systems within the clinics in which she practiced.

Dr. Atkins obtained her B.S. from Youngstown State University before earning her M.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University and an MBA from Northwestern University. She completed her residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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P. Nelson Le, M.D., MBA

Nelson is a senior physician executive with over 15 years of experience within the healthcare, business and digital health sectors. His unique combination of clinical and business professional experience allows him to successfully translate healthcare challenges into business opportunities. He is passionate about tackling ambiguous challenges and building a framework and path forward and is dedicated to improving healthcare through mission, margin, and compassion.

Prior to coming to Humana, Dr. Le served as Medical Director and Vice President at AVIA in Chicago, focused on using the power of digital health to solve pressing challenges such as Clinician Burnout, Virtual Health, Non-Emergent Medical Transportation, Social Determinants of Health, Patient Engagement, Supply Chain, Quality. He also has held executive positions at InterSystems and McKesson Corporation.

Dr. Le’s specialty is Pediatric Cardiology with a focus on Heart Failure and Transplant. He completed his Pediatrics training at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Cardiology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Boston University’s Accelerated B.A. /M.D. program and earned his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation USA and loves to cook and play tennis.

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Portrait of Nelson Le, M.D., MBA

P. Nelson Le, M.D., MBA

Nelson is a senior physician executive with over 15 years of experience within the healthcare, business and digital health sectors. His unique combination of clinical and business professional experience allows him to successfully translate healthcare challenges into business opportunities. He is passionate about tackling ambiguous challenges and building a framework and path forward and is dedicated to improving healthcare through mission, margin, and compassion.

Prior to coming to Humana, Dr. Le served as Medical Director and Vice President at AVIA in Chicago, focused on using the power of digital health to solve pressing challenges such as Clinician Burnout, Virtual Health, Non-Emergent Medical Transportation, Social Determinants of Health, Patient Engagement, Supply Chain, Quality. He also has held executive positions at InterSystems and McKesson Corporation.

Dr. Le’s specialty is Pediatric Cardiology with a focus on Heart Failure and Transplant. He completed his Pediatrics training at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Cardiology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Boston University’s Accelerated B.A. /M.D. program and earned his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation USA and loves to cook and play tennis.

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Interested in the program?

Program cohorts are selected once a year and begin the program in August. The program recruiting cycle begins in November of the prior year and runs through January.

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