As we celebrate five years of success since the launch of the Kelley Physician MBA Program in 2013, we're featuring some of the first physicians who completed our program. These updates highlight alumni achievements and the leadership roles they've assumed since earning their Kelley MBAs.
As president of the adult academic health center (AHC) at Indiana University Health, Ryan Nagy, MD, MBA'15, is responsible for determining the strategic vision and priorities for IU Health Methodist and University hospitals. With responsibilities that extend throughout the organization, he relies on his distinct mix of medical and business backgrounds.
Dr. Nagy has had a unique journey to the C-suite. After earning his undergraduate degree in economics at IU Bloomington, he worked at a financial firm trading equity derivatives at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange for four years before returning to IU for medical school. He was a practicing anesthesiologist when he decided to enroll in the IU Kelley School of Business’s new Physician MBA Program when it launched in 2013. The timing was fortuitous in that Dr. Nagy was appointed chief of anesthesia for his hospital during his first semester at Kelley. He was leading thirty faculty anesthesiologists – many of whom had trained him. The physician-only MBA program gave him the opportunity to experiment with new concepts.
“Earning my MBA at that time allowed me to bounce ideas off my classmates at Kelley before implementing them in real-world situations,” said Dr. Nagy. “A few months before graduating from the program, I was appointed CMO, which was a nice segue to begin utilizing what I’d learned there. In the few years since, I’ve taken on the roles of acting and now president of the adult academic health center.”
In that time, Dr. Nagy completed the part-time degree at Kelley, which is conveniently composed of both online instruction and in-person residency weekends. “I was able to complete a two-year MBA part time, without any interruption in my work,” he said.