Senior Fellow

Lawton Robert Burns, PhD, MBA

  • James Joo-Jin Kim Professor, Health Care Management, Wharton School
  • Professor, Management, Wharton School
  • Co-Director, Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management, Wharton School

Lawton Robert Burns, PhD, MBA is the James Joo-Jin Kim Professor, Professor of Healthcare Management, and Professor of Management at The Wharton School. He is also Co-Director of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management. He taught previously in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago and the College of Business Administration at the University of Arizona.

He has analyzed many different sectors of the health care industry. He is the author of The Health Care Value Chain (Jossey-Bass, 2002). He is also the lead editor of the major text Healthcare Management: Organization Design and Behavior (Delmar, 2019), and has written two books on the health care systems in other countries: India’s Healthcare Industry (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and China’s Healthcare System and Reform (Cambridge University Press, 2017). More recently, along with two colleagues, he published Managing Discovery: Harnessing Creativity to Drive Biomedical Innovation (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Dr. Burns received his PhD in Sociology and his MBA in Health Administration from the University of Chicago.

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