Paul Thurman

Paul Thurman

Paul Thurman

Health Policy and Management


722 West 168th Street, Room 471
New York NY USA 10032
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Professor Thurman, a Columbia MBA valedictorian, service award winner, and multiple teaching award recipient, has extensive experience helping a variety of governments and corporations realize value from innovative leadership, operations, and technology strategies. Thurman teaches strategic management and data analysis at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and has led the department's Non-Degree Executive Education Programs and its its Professional Development Program. Previously, he was a Healthcare Research Fellow, Professor, and MBA Director at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, and has held professorships in China, India, Brazil, Greece, Saudi Arabia, England, and Iceland. His recent peer-reviewed research has focused on scientific collaboration and its effect on research quality, and on cancer drug patents, FDA approvals, and market pricing. He is the author of MBA Fundamentals Statistics, (Kaplan, 2008), Pocket Guide to Data Analysis (Kaplan, 2009), and co-author (with Thomas P. Ference) of MBA Fundamentals Strategy (Kaplan, 2009) as well as lead editor and chapter author of Female Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Father-Daughter Succession in Family Businesses, and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability. Thurman served on the boards of the Greenburgh (NY) Nature Center, the Scarsdale (NY) Teen Center, and currently sits on advisory boards of a number of entrepreneurial ventures. He received his BS in Mathematics from Stanford University, studied statistics and operations research at New York University, received his MBA (with highest honors) from Columbia, and completed doctoral (DrPH) coursework in health policy and management at the State University of New York. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration degree (DBA) from Ecole des Ponts, in Paris, France.


BS, 1989, Stanford University
MBA, 1998, Columbia University (Highest Honors)

Editorial Boards

At-large editor, Mathematics, Statistics, and Operations Research content areas, Springer Publishing (US)
Associate Editor, International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Health Administration Education

Columbia Affiliations

Executive Director, Columbia Alliance for Healthcare Management

Other Affiliations

Honors & Awards

Margaret Chandler Award for Teaching Excellence, Columbia, London, and UCBerkeley Business Schools, 2002, 2003
Dean's Award for Innovation in the Curriculum, Mailman School of Public Health, 2006
Graduation speaker, School of International and Public Affairs, January 2011

Select Urban Health Activities

Board Member: Greenburgh Nature Center (Scarsdale, NY)
Board Member: Scarsdale Teen Center
Board Member: Other enterpreneurial ventures including a cancer drug treatment start-up, a technology security firm, and a sports marketing company. Also an Advisory Board member to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a leading provider of global University rankings and consulting services.

Select Global Activities

SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management, Russia: Visiting Professor (MBA, EMBA Programs) Former MBA Director Former Healthcare Research Director
Guanghua School of Management, Peking University: Visiting Professor of Management (MBA Programs)
Reykjavik University, Iceland: Visiting Professor, Health Policy and Management (Executive Programs)

Select Publications

Figg WD, Cox MC, Thurman PW Differences Between Business Leader and Healthcare Professional Reliance on Academic Research Submitted for review
Figg WD, Dunn L, Liewehr D, Thurman P, Steinberg S, Barrett JC, Birkinshaw J. Scientific Collaboration Results in Higher Impact Product Pharmacotherapy 26 759-67 2006
Cox MC, Figg WD, Thurman PW No Rational Theory for Drug Pricing Journal of Clinical Oncology 22 962-3 2004
Thurman, PW Two Can Live More Cheaply Than One Financial Executive 16:2 18-19 2000

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