2021 Best & Brightest Online MBAs: Brian R. Burnbaum, MD, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Isenberg)

Brian R. Burnbaum, MD

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg Online MBA

I am a physician administrator for Cleveland Clinic Florida with a keen interest in hospital operations.

Age: 57

Hometown: Weston, Florida

Fun fact about yourself: I was a professional musician before I went to medical school.

Undergraduate School and Degree: St. John’s University Jamaica, Queens B.A., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y. M.D.

Where are you currently working? Cleveland Clinic Florida

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? I am most proud of being able to complete this MBA and transform into a physician leader mid-career.

Why did you choose this school’s online MBA program? I chose it because of the reputation as well as the affiliation with the American association of Physician Leaders, which was my entry point.

What was your favorite part of being in an online MBA program? The flexibility for busy professionals was paramount for me.

What was the most surprising thing about an online learning environment? I was able to form lasting friendships with some of the students. I also have a great relationship with my advisor MaryBeth Kimball. We have met at a few AAPL events and I look forward to continuing to do so in the future.

How did your online experience compare with your in-the-classroom experience as an undergraduate student?  There are certainly advantages to both but the online format is somewhat less rigid and provides some leeway for different types of learners.

What is your best piece of advice to an applicant for thriving in an online MBA program? I would tell them to stay connected to your professor and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification and help. I have always received proper guidance when reaching out to them.

What would you change about an online MBA Program? I wouldn’t change the program, but I would like to have more robust networking between us to help with professional growth and identify opportunities for advancement.

How has your online education helped you in your current job? It actually helped me get my current job which is Regional Medical Director for Supply Chain. I was selected over others partly because I was in graduate school at the time.

Number of Hours Per Week Spent On Online MBA: I would say that it varies from 8-12 hours.

What is your ultimate long-term professional goal? I have already been considering opportunities for Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Staff. Further down the road, I would look to be a hospital president, CEO, or may even consider a position in the private sector.



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