MD/MBA Interviews

In this section, we will be profiling and interviewing MD/MBAs to highlight the variety of roles, professions, and career paths the dual-degree allowed these successful men and women to pursue.

Jesse M. Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE

Emergency Medicine Physician, George Washington University
Senior Advisor, CMMI
Consultant, National Quality Forum
Associate Professor, George Washington University


Jesse M. Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE
National Quality Forum
George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Can you describe your background?[+]
            Jesse M. Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE is currently an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology, a Senior Advisor to the Rapid Cycle Evaluation Unit at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), and Consultant to the National Quality Forum. He also works clinically in the emergency department at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. He lives in Fairfax, VA with his wife and three children.

            Dr. Pines received a B.A. in the Biological Basis of Behavior from University of Pennsylvania in 1995, and completed his MD/MBA at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the McDonough School of Business in 2001. Dr. Pines completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Virginia Health Science Center in 2004, where he had started a popular program for undergraduate pre-med students to conduct research and observe clinical care in the emergency department.

            After residency, he joined the faculty at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. There he completed a funded fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology and received an MSCE degree in 2007, focusing on several areas of research including emergency department crowding, operations research, and diagnostic testing. He spent 5 ½ years on the faculty at Penn, first in the Department of Emergency Medicine and then later he held a combined appointment with the Department of Epidemiology. At Penn, he developed collaborations with several faculty members within the School of Medicine and also in the Wharton School of Business. He was also heavily involved in medical student teaching at Penn and served as the Co-Director for the Clinical Decision Making course for 1st year students, and as the Director of the 4th year emergency medicine clerkship. He also received grant funding from several organizations including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Thomas McCabe Fund, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, the University Research Foundation, and the Institute on Aging at Penn. He also started writing for Slate.com with Zachary Meisel, MD in 2008, and has since transitioned to writing for TIME.com about healthcare issues, mostly related to the emergency department.

    With the increasing focus on value in healthcare… future MD/MBAs will be the healthcare leaders of tomorrow
    Jesse M. Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE
            In January 2010, Dr. Pines joined the faculty at George Washington University as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy. He served for almost two years as the Director of the Center for Health Care Quality within the Department of Health Policy. At GWU, he serves as the Principal Investigator for Urgent Matters, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded initiative dedicated to improving ED flow and quality of care, and directs several programs aimed at mentoring the next generation of U.S. and international operations researchers. In the past year, Dr. Pines joined the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovations as a Senior Advisor, where he works on issues related to emergency care and healthcare value. He also recently joined National Quality Forum at a consultant working on issues related to patient safety.

            Dr. Pines has received numerous awards, including the Resident of the Year award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (2004), the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (2009), the Young Educator Award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (2010), and was named as a Trailblazer for the Emergency Medicine Foundation (2012). Dr. Pines is author of over 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and two books that are both in their 2nd edition.

  • Why did you decide to pursue an MD/MBA?[+]
            Dr. Pines credits the MD/MBA program at Georgetown (he graduated from the 2nd class) for serving as an early impetus in his career that provided what at the time of his graduation was a relatively unique background and perspective in clinical medicine and business. With the increasing focus on value in healthcare, he thinks that future MD/MBAs will be the healthcare leaders of tomorrow, who can bring together multi-disciplinary skills to develop and implement novel solutions to improve quality and reduce costs of care.
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