Dr. John Kenagy

Dr. John Kenagy knows healthcare as a physician, executive, scholar, advisor and patient. In addition to 20 years experience as a vascular surgeon, Dr. John Kenagy has been Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff and Regional Vice President for Business Development for a multi-state, not-for-profit healthcare delivery system. And, most importantly, he has been a patient.

His frustration with current methods was fueled by an injury – he suffered a broken neck in a fall from a tree. Critically injured, he discovered that his recovery depended on the efforts of individuals working in an unpredictable and often unresponsive system. Searching for answers beyond “try harder,” Dr. John Kenagy earned a management degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School and was appointed Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School from 1998-2002.
His experience, research and teaching focus on the keys to success of resilient, highly adaptive organizations that thrive when the rest failed to adapt and change.

Dr. John Kenagy brought his discoveries to healthcare as Adaptive Design; a set of revitalizing, patientcentered
choices that cultivate adaptability in the everyday work of the organization and it’s people. His book Designed to Adapt: Leading Healthcare in Challenging Times was named 2011
Book of the Year by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. John Kenagy‘s speaking, teaching and advising help everyone, from the frontline to the Executive Suite, deliver on the fundamental promise of their calling – getting patients exactly what they need, safely, at continually lower cost. It’s the way to fix healthcare.

His contributions have been widely recognized:
– MD with distinction from the University of Nebraska;
– Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Washington;
– Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh;
– Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School (1998-2004).
– Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Business Executive Education and the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative in Healthcare.
– Speaking and consulting engagements throughout the US and in Canada.
– Testimony before the US Senate Commerce Committee.
– Author of “Service Quality in Health Care” in the Journal of the American Medical Association, named the Best Healthcare Management Article of the Year.
– Co-author with Clayton Christensen of the first article on disruptive innovation in healthcare for the Harvard Business Review
– Inspired and helped lead the first test of the Toyota Production System in healthcare.
– Coauthored Harvard Business School Teaching Cases that have been taught throughout academia and in many healthcare and technology companies.
– Forbes Magazine featured Dr. Kenagy as “the man who would save healthcare.”