Ask Andrew Sumner about the U.S. healthcare sector and he’ll start with a statistic that may surprise the questioner. At 18 percent of the gross domestic product, it’s second only to education in terms of size. And it’s dynamically changing.
Sumner should know. Throughout his career, he has provided technical assistance to hospitals, health systems, and other health sector organizations, and he shares that expertise with students at the Robinson College.
He gives students the keys to becoming successful healthcare executives by conducting classes using the Socratic method, alongside interactive cases and exercises that impart not only concepts and theories but also knowledge of the real world of healthcare.
Sumner, who directs the Institute of Health Administration and holds the endowed Joe Taylor Chair in Health Administration, has expertise spanning strategic management, operations management, health care organization, health information systems, quality, and managed care.
He previously was with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where, among other initiatives, he coordinated evaluation as well as the organization’s worldwide strategic information systems and related linkages with state, local and international health agencies. Before that Sumner was with the U.S. Public Health Service in Baltimore, Medical College of Georgia, DuPont, and Tennessee Eastman Company (now Eastman). His doctorate is from Johns Hopkins, and he has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech.