Alumni Author of the Month, June: Deborah Shlian

Alumni Author of the Month, June: Deborah Shlian

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About the Book

While more than 50 percent of the students enrolled in medical school are now women, the number who go on to hold top-tier leadership positions in medicine remains at about 16 percent.

“Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management” (January 2013), an anthology published by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), profiles 24 women who hold leadership positions and highlights the challenges women face when navigating the difficult world of health care leadership. The women profiled come from a variety of fields, including academic medicine, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and government, and are in a variety of positions, including senior vice presidents, CEOs, and deans. Despite their intelligence and natural leadership abilities, each had to overcome obstacles to reach their current position.

“Everyone who cares about the future of health care leadership must read it,” said Donna Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human services. Topics covered vary from maintaining personal values, balancing work and personal life, mentoring, and the importance of networking. The book offers an insightful look at the numerous challenges facing health care leaders and serves as an important reminder of the pioneering work accomplished by women in medicine.

About the Author

U-M alumna Deborah Shlian, ’68, a physician leader herself, compiled and edited this collection of personal essays and also contributed her own story. A former family practice physician with Kaiser Permanente, Deborah created Shilan and Associates, a medical executive recruiting firm, in 1993. She also had a brief stint in law school, but later discovered her calling in the recruiting field. Deborah earned her MBA from UCLA. 

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