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Michael Mendoza

Michael Mendoza

Medical Management, Class of 2012

Interim Commissioner of Public Health, Monroe County; Medical Director at Highland Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center

A Chicago native, Michael Mendoza received both his undergraduate degree in Environment Studies and his MD from the University of Chicago before pursuing his Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Illinois–Chicago School of Public Health.

In 2009, Mike joined the faculty at the University of Rochester, became an attending physician at Highland Hospital, and took on his new role as medical director for Highland Family Medicine. However, he soon realized that of medical training and clinical practice alone were not enough to guarantee success as an administrator in a health care agency.

“Medical school does not adequately prepare physicians who are motivated to improve health care systems, particularly in a changing and increasingly competitive marketplace,” he says. “More than ever before, health care practices need to pay special attention to operations, finance, and competitive strategy. It's not good enough anymore to assume that an experienced clinician will naturally evolve into a respected businessperson.” He adds, “We cannot continue to practice ‘business as usual’ in health care.”

Already an expert medical diagnostician, Michael was looking for the skills to better analyze business and operational challenges. “I was looking mostly for new ideas and perspectives to inform my performance in my current job,” he says. “Simon has helped me to understand the complexity of problems more fully, and I feel more prepared than ever to effect change to solve them.”

Michael also recognized the unique benefits of Simon’s partnership with the University of Rochester medical community. “I chose Simon because of the medical management program,” he says. “It does an excellent job integrating perspectives from within Simon and the Medical Center. This melting pot of ideas works in a bidirectional way. Students learn concepts in class that can be applied to a health care setting and can share cases from health care that inform and energize what is learned in class.”

Outside the classroom, Michael also recognized the benefit of the Simon network. “The medical management program put me in the same room with a like-minded group of forward-thinking individuals,” he says. “It would have taken me a long time to meet, much less work with, a group like this.”

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“More than ever before, health care practices need to pay special attention to operations, finance, and competitive strategy. We cannot continue to practice ‘business as usual’ in health care.”

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