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Harold Picken, MD, MPH

Dr. Harold Picken is an experienced Studer Group physician coach who helps medical groups, hospitals, health systems and their leaders and physicians develop and maintain cultures of excellence while improving the quality and safety of care. Harold works to make these organizations better places for employees to work, physicians to practice medicine and patients to receive care.

Professional Experience

Harold is a clinical leader with over 25 years of experience working as a medical director, healthcare executive and clinician. His broad range of experience gives him a deep insight into the profound impact changes in organizational culture, behaviors and habits can have on improving patient care and experience. His greatest professional satisfaction comes from empowering healthcare executives, staff and clinicians to develop the key skills and habits that will propel them to greater success in providing high-quality patient care.

Signature Engagements

  • Most-requested mentor in leadership development program in a 1,100 employee organization
  • Recruited, hired and successfully developed medical directors, practicing physicians and chief medical officers in multiple settings
  • Managed quality and medical expense for health plan with 2.7 million members
  • Led quality and managed care operations for 120-physician multi-specialty group with 150,000 patients, resulting in surpluses for all risk contracts for 6,000 Medicare advantage and 50,000 commercial patients
  • Developed first-in-market hospitalist program
  • Led implementation of weaning from mechanical ventilation protocol, resulting in decreased self-extubation rates and decreased ICU length of stay
  • Established first standardized patient admission order sets in community hospital

Education and Certifications

  • Master of Public Health, Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
  • Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, IA
  • Doctor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine

Professional Associations

  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • American Association for Physician Leadership
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    Harold Picken, MD, MPH

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