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Getting Hip to Business

World-Class Surgeon Learned to Operate More Effectively

Phil Kregor
Director, Nashville Hip and Fracture Institute

If you ever need complicated hip surgery, Phil Kregor is your guy. Phil is one of the few surgeons in the world who has performed more than 1,000 surgeries to repair hip socket fractures. At Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute, he led a group of seven surgeons, and he directed a program that trained orthopaedic traumatologists. He's co-edited an award-winning textbook on the subject, and he chairs an international think tank of surgeons from five continents who focus on innovative ways to fix difficult fractures.

Though he's helped shape the world of orthopaedic surgery, Phil continued to shape his own world at Vanderbilt. Through the Executive MBA program, he sought the core business knowledge that would "enable me to ask important fiscal questions in our division," he says, to learn more about operations management, and to "get a broader view of important economic questions which modern medical centers face."

"I was continually driven to a higher understanding of key concepts by my professors and my fellow students. As an educator myself, I thought I knew what education was all about. I was wrong. Nothing surpasses Owen. The Owen experience will allow me to integrate all I know about patient care into efficient, cost-effective caring health care delivery."