Two Darden EMBA Alumni Make the 2013 Best Doctors in America List


University of Virginia Health System physicians Jonathon D. Truwit (EMBA '09), critical care pulmonologist, chief medical officer and senior associate dean for clinical affairs; and Paul Matherne (EMBA '10), cardiologist and division chief of pediatric cardiology, were among the 189 Health System physicians elected to the national Best Doctors in America list for 2013, released by Best Doctors Inc. In addition to distinguished careers in medicine, the two are alumni of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA for Executives format of the School's MBA program.

Matherne recently participated in Darden's annual health care conference, sponsored by the Darden Health Care Leadership Club. Matherne and Truwit credit their Darden experience with having a significant impact on their performance as leaders within the U.Va. School of Medicine.

"Receiving an MBA at Darden was a seminal achievement in my academic career that has opened many doors and provided many new opportunities," said Matherne. "Most importantly, it has led me to think differently, which is impacting how I practice medicine and teach in a very positive manner."

"The Darden experience improved my leadership and communication skills while also providing me with a strong foundation in business administration," said Truwit. "As a result, I am a much more effective leader. This has been accompanied by improved quality, safety, efficiency and alignment amongst the constituents of the Health System," he added.

"Health care, including organizational challenges implementing the Affordable Care Act, is part of a global conversation our students are having as leaders within their companies," said Barbara Millar, assistant dean of Darden's EMBA program. "Physicians in the EMBA cohort offer an insider's view on the health care industry and the challenges facing executives within organizations."

Best Doctors Inc. helps health services consumers make medical decisions by connecting them with medical specialists and expert advice. Physicians are selected to the Best Doctors list based on physician surveys. According to Best Doctors, physicians are asked questions including "If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?" The Best Doctors group also checks the credentials and clinical activity of all nominees. Only about 5 percent of U.S. doctors earn inclusion on the list.

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About the MBA for Executives Program

Darden's MBA for Executives format of its MBA program allows experienced professionals to earn a Darden MBA while working full time. In the Darden EMBA program, participants learn from the same top-ranked faculty members who teach in Darden's MBA, Global MBA for Executives and Executive Education formats. The Darden Executive MBA program prepares participants for high-performance leadership and provides a lasting return on investment for individuals and their companies.

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