It is estimated that health care accounts for over $1,500 per automobile sold by GM and will cost over $14,000 per employee in 2019. If the cost curve can be bent, it is transformative for all businesses and consumers.
In the last 20 years, technology has transformed many industries by taking expensive new technologies and making them ridiculously cheap. This has not happened in health care, however, where more than $3.3 trillion is spent annually in the U.S. and represents 17.8% of GDP. While U.S. health care costs as a percent of GDP have held steady in the 17% range since 2009, can the health care cost curve be bent downward?
This is the question to be addressed by Dr. Stuart Flynn, Dean of the TCU/UNTHSC Medical School and Daniel Pullin, John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University.
Stuart D. Flynn, M.D., is the founding dean of Fort Worth’s new M.D. school, the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. The school was accredited in October, 2018 and will matriculate its first class of 60 students who will start in July 2019.
Flynn has led the development of the new School and built a team that is creating an innovative and patient-centric curriculum that will change how doctors are trained. In a supportive environment, students will become empathetic scholars, training to be excellent communicators, active listeners, life-long learners and become valued physicians, colleagues, leaders and citizens in their communities.
Previously, Flynn served as founding dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. He also was a professor of pathology and surgery at Yale University School of Medicine for 20 years, as well as an accomplished researcher, director of the residency program, a leader in the design and oversight of the school’s curriculum, and founding inductee of The Society of Distinguished Teachers at Yale.
Flynn received his medical degree and residency training from the University of Michigan and completed a fellowship in oncologic pathology at Stanford University.
Flynn has authored more than 100 articles, books and monographs. He has received numerous honors including America’s Top Physician’s Award from the Consumers’ Research Council of America, the Bohmfalk Teacher of the Year Award from Yale University School of Medicine and the Averill A. Liebow Award for excellence in the teaching of residents, also at Yale. He also has been a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners Pathology Test Committee and USMLE Step I Test Material Development Committee.
Daniel Pullin is the John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business at TCU and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Pullin is responsible for enhancing the profile of TCU Neeley undergraduate and graduate programs to maintain the school’s upward trajectory. He also serves as a steward to TCU and its business community partners. He focuses on defining and cultivating academic excellence among students and faculty, and enhancing diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Pullin came to TCU in May 2019 from the University of Oklahoma, where he was Dean of the Price College of Business since 2014. As Dean, he used the power of shared governance to transition the college from a transaction-driven to a purpose-driven organization; secured more than $85 million in gifts and pledges; grew graduate program enrollment by 50%; achieved five-year undergraduate student growth of 16%; and increased faculty size by 57%. As Vice President for Strategic Planning and Economic Development for OU 2009-2014, he led university-wide strategic planning and economic development efforts. As AVP/Executive Director for the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, 2006-2009, he directed business development activities for intellectual property linked to research.
He has won awards for teaching, innovation in business and academic integrity, and was honored as OKC 40 Under 40.
Prior to joining OU, Pullin worked for global consultancy McKinsey & Company and the private equity firm Hicks Muse Tate & Furst and its portfolio companies.
He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and MBA from Harvard Business School before returning to Oklahoma to earn a Juris Doctor.