How a Kelley Physician MBA is changing the way we think about pregnancy


A physician chooses her career with a purpose—to improve the lives of others. And sometimes, physicians spot glaring trends that drive them towards making a change for millions of people.

Consider this:

The United States is the only developed country with a rising mortality rate, ranking 56th out of 224 countries. Mothers in the United States are 75 percent more likely to die from complications of pregnancy than in 1995.

Those disheartening facts are what keep Kelley Business of Medicine Physician MBA student Lisa Saul, MD, awake at night.

“I have a specific interest in how we keep women healthy—not just during pregnancy, but also in the preconception phase and as women raise their families,” said Dr. Saul, the president of Allina Health’s Mother Baby Clinical Service Line and a perinatologist with Minnesota Perinatal Physicians.

For more than a decade, Dr. Saul has cared for women whose pregnancies were deemed high-risk. While she’s made a substantial impact on so many women’s lives in Minnesota, she wanted to have a larger influence in the U.S.

“Throughout my medical career, I had always looked at healthcare through a physician’s lens,” said Dr. Saul, who knew in order to inflict wider change she’d need to learn the workings of business. “It was when I recognized this that I decided to pursue an MBA. And with Kelley’s Business of Medicine Physician MBA program, the degree was built for physicians like me.”

In 2016, one of Dr. Saul’s friends made her aware of Square Roots, a mission-driven organization based in New York that focuses on pregnancy health and wellness—a perfect match for the Kelley Physician MBA student.

The skills I’ve learned in the Kelley Business of Medicine Physician MBA Program have been transformative for me.

Lisa Saul, MD, MBA'17