Paul Thurman

Paul Thurman

Paul Thurman

Veteran advisor to for-profit, not-for-profit, and government clients with a focus on strategic planning, data analysis and decision-making, and executive education.
Health Policy and Management


722 West 168th Street, Room 471
New York NY USA 10032
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Dr. 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. He has served as 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, (2008, 2016), Pocket Guide to Data Analysis (2009), and co-author (with Thomas P. Ference) of MBA Fundamentals Strategy (2009, 2016). He has also authored two texts on advanced analytical/statistical methods for the SAS Institute and has served as lead editor and chapter author of Female Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Father-Daughter Succession in Family Businesses, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, and Global Leadership and Change Management (all with Taylor and Francis, 2008-2016). In addition to US Government and World Bank-funded work in Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Congo (DRC), and Sudan, Thurman has 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, and received his MBA (with highest honors) from Columbia. After completing doctoral coursework in health policy and management at the State University of New York, Thurman received his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Ecole des Ponts Business School in Paris, France.


DBA, 2018, Ecole des Ponts Business School (Paris, France)
MBA, 1998, Columbia University (Highest Honors)
BS, 1989, Stanford University

Mailman Affiliations

Technical Advisor and Faculty, ICAP

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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