2015 WHCMAA Kissick Scholarship Goes to Gil Kaminski

2015 WHCMAA Kissick Scholarship Goes to Gil Kaminski

$15,000 Grant Recognizes Significant Health Policy Impact

First year Wharton MBA student Gil Kaminski has been named winner of the $15,000 2015 Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association (WHCMAA) Kissick Scholarship.

The scholarship is given to a health care MBA student whose outside-the-classroom activities
Gil Kaminski
First-year Wharton MBA student Gil Kaminski

involve significant business building or health policy impact.

The scholarship is named for William Kissick, MD, PhD, who played an integral role in developing Penn's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and Wharton's Health Care Management program and was one of the national pioneers of the Medicare program.

'Very impressive'
"Ms. Kaminski is a very impressive individual," said June Kinney, Associate Director and Lecturer of the Graduate Program in Health Care Management at Wharton. "Her work outside the classroom with the VA exemplifies the type of work Bill Kissick would have been engaged in."

Kaminski holds a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, and an MS in Finance from the University of Delaware. A veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, she currently works as a volunteer at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Real world experience
Prior to enrolling in Wharton, Kaminski worked for a number of years in health care, innovation and entrepreneurship. She began her career at Israel’s Naval Medical Institute, and later moved to the private sector. She is a co-author of two patents and of several academic articles, and has a strong interest in innovation in medical technology and healthcare delivery.

Kaminski will spend the summer working at DaVita HealthCare Partners’ VillageHealth group, which provides integrated care management for those with kidney disease.

This Kissick scholarship is one of two separate categories of scholarships awarded by the WHCMAA annually. The other is the Wharton/WHCMAA Kinney Scholarship.