Testimonials

The Alliance teaches physician leaders a different language that’s not learned in residency or in medical practice. It teaches skills that are uniquely designed for physician executives, and I find myself using them literally every day. Whether it’s team leadership, negotiation, conflict resolution or cost and financial management, you’ll find these and other skills that you acquire invaluable as a physician leader.

Jeff Reames , MD, MBA, FACEP
Vice President Emergency Medicine
Mercy Health System, St. Louis, Missouri


The Alliance program offers the best combination of high quality, flexibility and value. The faculty are not only bright and knowledgeable, but also bring decades of healthcare management experience to the table. The content-rich discussions resulted in me learning a great deal from my fellow physicians in the class. I find myself utilizing the knowledge and skills acquired during the program on an everyday basis in my leadership role at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Raja Kandaswamy, MD, MBA
Professor and Medical Director of Organ Transplant Surgery
University of Minnesota Medical Center


The curriculum and faculty are in perfect step with the current “storm climate” of healthcare. Whether it was the trip to Washington DC to discuss healthcare legislation with senior members of Congress or the fine tuning of my ability to have crucial conversations with my medical staff, each and every class brought a wealth of information that will be invaluable in my current role as CMO for a large system hospital. I’ll also cherish the relationships that I developed with other students and the faculty. The value of these relationships will last long past the next phase of healthcare reform.

Glenn Ledbetter, MD, MS
VP of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer
Baylor Scott White Medical Center, Waxahachie, Texas


The program is unique in many respects. It’s taught by professors and healthcare leaders who have worked at some of the largest health and hospital systems in the country and are still on the cutting edge of the ever-changing healthcare environment. All the students are physicians and most are already in top management positions in their respective organizations. The class format lends itself to self learning, but group discussions and projects are the hallmark of the program. The opportunity to dialogue and solve problems with physicians from across the country, whether from a primary care or specialty group, university practice or managed care payor is an added bonus. Ultimately every program is judged by the quality of its graduates. Alliance physician graduates can be found in the halls of congress and C suites of major healthcare systems and managed care organizations. I’m confident that this program has prepared me for the leadership challenges ahead.

Yomi Fayiga, MD
Chief of Surgery
Texas Health Resources, Allen, Texas


The Alliance program is like nothing I could have imagined. Leadership, communication, and critical business skills are taught in an collaborative environment that has been purposefully built to develop physician leaders. If you want to run your private practice more effectively…earn a “C” suite job…or do something in between, this is the program for you.

Rich Haskett, MD, MS
VP of Clinical Integration
Providence Healthcare Network
Medical Director, Care4Texans CIN


The program is outstanding by all measures. The classroom format allows physicians to immerse themselves in the materials and learn the concepts and language of healthcare management actively and naturally. The faculty are outstanding and are experts at engaging the students in collaborative discussions. This program also fits well into the schedule of a busy physician. With each class, I felt that my abilities to “speak the language” of business, leadership and finance increased exponentially. The program has not only equipped me to be a much more competent practice leader, but it has also improved my effectiveness as a leader in our larger healthcare system.

Ken L. Ford III, MD
President, American Radiology Associates, PA


The Alliance program has transformed me as a physician leader. It greatly enhanced my skills in the areas of communication, giving and receiving effective feedback and agile decision making. A key lesson that I learned was that leadership is a behavior of socialized influence that fosters the ability to build relationships, trust and predictability as a physician leader.

Lamont A. Tyler, DO, MS, MSHLM, CPE
Market Medical Director 
HCA CareNow


I’ve been involved in physician leadership over the past 15 years of a 27 year career, and have learned so much from taking this program. I’m now much more prepared to discuss financial concerns such as budgets, operating margins, and cost management. It’s also given me the confidence to ask the difficult questions and have those crucial conversations when a difficult decision needs to be made. I’ve also learned how to speak more effectively in front of colleagues by using the “physician leadership” principles that we learned in class. I’m in a much better place now when it comes to negotiation and conflict management. If you really take it seriously and do your pre-classroom work, you will get so much out of this program. I truly value all that I have learned in the program and would strongly recommend it or anyone who has passion for physician leadership. The networking and alumni relationships are just “icing” on the cake.

Frank C. LaVora, DPM, MS
Chief Medical Officer
Greater Milwaukee South
Aurora Health Care


The Alliance executive program for physicians offered me a far richer experience than I expected. The content, faculty expertise, relevancy and up-to-date information made me the leader I envisioned I could be in this very dynamic healthcare market.

Manuel Arreguin, MD
Regional Northeast Director for Women’s Health

Geisinger Health Care


After several years as a department chair, I began looking for a more in-depth educational program that would help me improve my leadership skills and provide me with a foundational knowledge of the business of healthcare. After researching several master’s degree-level programs delivered in a variety of online and/or residential formats, I found the Alliance program at UT Dallas to be the perfect fit in terms of format, reasonable cost, easily accessed location, relevant course topics, and practical degree options. The knowledge and skills I acquired have definitely helped me be a better department chair in terms of understanding and managing our departmental finances, dealing effectively with the challenges of managing people, and working successfully with affiliate physician partners in our private academic partnership. Overall, I found this program to be exceptionally well run, updated constantly to remain relevant, and extremely pertinent to helping make physician leadership more effective in a time of transformational change in healthcare. I am absolutely certain the education I received has prepared me to be a more effective physician leader in my organization.

Todd R. Hazelton, MD, MS
Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine 


The range of topics covered in the APL program is equaled only by the breadth of experience of the participants. The faculty are experts in their fields and bring a level of understanding of the subject matter that allows for stimulating presentations. The class is made up of physicians from across the country with a wide variety of backgrounds and representation from all the medical specialties. The class relationships I’ve developed have been very helpful as I’ve transitioned from practicing physician to physician leader. I thank you for the opportunity.

Brian K. Becker, MD, MS
Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs/CMO
Providence Healthcare Network


The development of successful physician executive leaders is more than just being an expert clinician. The Alliance curriculum provides the knowledge and experiences needed to learn the language of leadership and how to bridge the gap between physicians and administration. It is flexible enough to fit into a busy clinician’s lifestyle and is taught by pioneering physician leaders and other experts dedicated to the development of physician leadership. This has been a great experience for me, and I really appreciate all of the knowledge and skills that it has provided.

Michael Meyer, MD, MS
Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care

Medical College of Wisconsin,
Medical Director of Pediatric Intensive Care
Bauman Family Endowed Chair in Critical Care
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin


I have attended several other physician leadership programs, but I have never been exposed to a more germane, healthcare-focused curriculum. The lectures and discussions are always well led and thoughtfully designed to bring focus and clarity to issues currently facing physician leaders. The depth of the analyses is always appropriately thorough and the knowledge and experience of the faculty leaves nothing to be desired. I truly thank you for the opportunity to have been involved in this program.

Eric Beshires, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Regional Medical Director – HTPN Eastern Region

President – Family Medical Center at Garland, North Garland, Rockwall and Murphy
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine


As a physician and owner of several medical clinics, the knowledge I obtained in this program has redefined my leadership and practice style. The classes provided more than an academic degree; they strengthened my ability to implement this knowledge by practical application in the real world scenarios we studied in the classroom. The professors are among the finest medical educators in the country. I met colleagues from a wide array of backgrounds, many already healthcare executives and chief medical officers. This was one of the best educational experiences I have ever had. Just as important, I have made friends for a lifetime.

Michael Magoon, MD, MS, FAAEM, FACEP
Owner and Medical Director
The Emergency Clinics at Alamo Heights and LaVernia


The Alliance program provides the perfect tools and background for navigating today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. The program was both challenging and rewarding. The professors were experienced and insightful, and the opportunity to learn from classmates was an added bonus. The program helped me better understand the environment I work in, provided the technical tools to manage within it, and further developed my leadership skills. Highly recommend for any physician interested in healthcare leadership.  

Leticia A. Shanley, MD, MBA
Medical Director, Quality General Pediatrics
Baylor Scott &White McLane Children’s Medical Center


I had reached a cross roads in my life…either continue to do the same thing I had always done or explore what else I could do to advance my leadership career. The Alliance Master’s program gave me the skills and confidence to advance my leadership roles in my practice and in our healthcare system. The faculty are superb mentors and the relationships I built with them as well as my classmates will be long lasting.

Michael Sills, MD, MSc, F.A.C.C. 
Vice President of Informatics Technology
Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance


The Alliance program far exceeded my expectations. Its curriculum has provided an excellent education in the “business side” of healthcare. The flexibility of its curriculum uniquely accommodates a busy professional schedule, whether you are in medical practice wanting to expand into a leadership role, or you are already in a management position and wish to advance even further. Equally valuable is the opportunity to interact and study with colleagues from across the U.S. You become part of a nationwide network of physician graduates, establishing connections and friendships that continue long beyond your time in the classroom.

Steven A Suba, MD
President, Grace Obstetrics & Gynecology


The knowledge I gained from the Alliance program helped me grow in every aspect of my leadership capabilities. The exceptional faculty brings real-world experience into the classroom and creates a learning environment that is interactive and collaborative. The curriculum focuses on the most relevant areas of health care in way that really appeals to physicians and better prepares us to be the types of leaders that can transform health care.

Stephanie Copeland, MD
Chief Quality Officer
USMD Health System


One of the best investments I have made in my education and professional development was to enter into the Alliance program at the University of Texas at Dallas. After receiving my MBA, I felt confident that I had the knowledge and skills necessary to be a much more effective physician executive.

Scott Holliday, DO, MBA
Chairman, Clinical Governance Board
US Anesthesia Partners- North Texas


The Alliance MBA learning experience is outstanding. An exceptional faculty teaches business principles, leadership and management skills in a format that is pertinent and relevant to practicing physicians working in both academic and community settings. Having developed these skills in the Alliance program, the prepared physician is ready to “go do it!”

Alan P.B. Dackiw MD, PhD, MBA, FACS
Professor of Surgery
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


This program provided me with an in-depth knowledge of a broad range of healthcare executive functions, including finance, quality and performance improvement, strategy, negotiation, conflict management and information management. As a long time physician, but a rather inexperienced Chief Medical Officer, these classes tooled me with a skill set not provided anywhere in my former medical training.  I learned from a very talented faculty, but my education was greatly enriched by my highly intelligent and motivated classmates. The classes are an efficient blend of motivational lectures and group breakout sessions, but with minimal busywork. I strongly believe that this program has contributed greatly to my effectiveness as a physician leader.

Jeffrey Embrey, MD, MS
Pathologist and Chief Medical Officer
Baylor Scott & White


I cannot imagine any other program more effectively preparing me for the challenges of successful physician executive leadership in our rapidly changing environment.  It offers a unique opportunity to openly interact and develop professional relationships with an  outstanding faculty as well as fifty other motivated and passionate physician leaders from diverse healthcare environments is exceptional.  I highly recommend this program to any physician at any point on their physician leadership journey.

Douglas A Brewer MD MS FASCRS
President
Colorectal Surgery Associates, Macon GA


Even 4 years after completing the program I am still finding things that I learned to be useful on a daily basis in my career as a serial healthcare technology and education entrepreneur. It was a great experience!

Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MS, CPE
Founder and CEO/CMO, PHLT Consultants
Chief Medical Officer, MeMD Inc.