Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA

Shlian-head-shotDeborah Shlian, MD, MBA is a board certified Family Practitioner and MBA with more than two decades of clinical and management experience (as a partner with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in Los Angeles, followed by Director of Primary Care, UCLA Student Health Service). After completing her MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, she formed her own consulting and executive search firm. For over twenty years she has helped dozens of female physicians launch their careers in medical management and move up into more and more senior roles.

Deborah has been active in health care management organizations such as the American Association of Physician Leadership where she served as head of the Forum on Women in Medicine and Management. From 1978 until her move to Florida in 1998, she taught clinical medicine as well as managed care principles to UCLA Family Medicine residents. As president of the UCLA Anderson Health Care Management Alumni Association until 1998, she created a Health Care Management Group, a forum for prominent health care leaders in the greater Los Angeles area that continues to meet to discuss current healthcare industry issues.

While in clinical medicine, Deborah published clinical research studies in JAMA, Journal of Infectious Disease, Clinical Infectious Diseases, New England Journal of Medicine, Western Journal of Medicine, Patient Care, Family Practice Research and Journal of American College Health. She also served as principal investigator for several clinical trials for a number of pharmaceutical companies. From 1997 to 1999, she was section editor for the “Changing Roles of the Physician” section in New Medicine, a quarterly review journal published by Current Science, Inc. which served as a forum for emerging ideas, applications and innovations influencing the healthcare marketplace.

Deborah has authored articles and books related to health care management including the book she will discuss today titled “Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management”.

Aside from her medical endeavors, Deborah has had 6 novels published including “Rabbit in the Moon” winner of the 2008 Gold Medal for the Florida Book Award. All her fiction so far has incorporated medically related themes.

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