MSPBA Academics

Harnessing the intellectual capital of the University of Pittsburgh and its constituents, the MPBA program is taught by faculty that are current industry leaders and internationally respected for their research and consulting. MPBA faculty created a pharmacy management-focused curriculum that encompasses the business concepts and analytical tools used by successful health care executives.

Taught By
Current Industry Leaders
Internationally Respected
Successful Health Care Executives

Our Faculty

Rabikar Chatterjee

University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business
Associate Dean, Gulf Oil Foundation Professor of Business
Marketing and Business Economics

Degrees

BTech in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (India)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Management, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (India)
PhD in Marketing, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Profile

Rabikar Chatterjee joined the Katz faculty in 1996, after serving on the faculties of the University of Michigan Business School and Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management. He has also been a visiting professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia, the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and the Korea University Business School, Seoul. Prior to his career in academia, he had eight years of industry experience in engineering, project management, sales management, marketing, and strategic planning positions.

Chatterjee’s teaching, research, and consulting interests are in the area of customer-focused development and management of products and services, particularly those with a technology orientation. More specifically, his research has focused on models of market response to new products, with applications in forecasting, product design, and pricing. He is also interested in methods for measuring and representing customers’ perceptions of and preferences for competing products (particularly in situations where the customers may be uncertain about the alternatives). His articles have appeared in Management Science, the Journal of Marketing Research, Psychometrika, and several other journals. He has been an associate editor in the marketing department of Management Science (1990 – 2008) and a member of the Editorial Board of Marketing Science (2000-2010). He has also served on numerous PhD dissertation committees, several as committee chair.

Chatterjee is a member of the American Marketing Association and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS). In addition to undergraduate and graduate classes, he has taught in a variety of executive programs. He was the faculty director for the Marketing in Emerging Economies course designed by the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan for Whirlpool Corporation. He has also served as faculty on the Business Program for the Vietnam National Coal Corporation in Hanoi. At the Katz School, he has taught in the Executive MBA program (in Pittsburgh; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Sao Paulo, Brazil) and in various non-degree programs. In addition, he has consulted with companies on product development and management issues, and also conducted in-company workshops on product development and management. He has also consulted with and offered custom executive training sessions to various companies including DBT, Fiserve, PNC Bank, and US West (now Qwest), and Westinghouse, primarily on product development and management issues.

Selected Publications

“The ‘Name Your Own Price’ Channel in the Travel Industry: An Analytical Exploration” (with Tuo Wang and Esther Gal-Or), Management Science, 55 (June 2009), 968-979.

“Strategic Pricing of New Products and Services.” Handbook of Pricing Research in Marketing, Vithala Rao, ed. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 2009: 169-215.

“Timely Access to Health Care: Customer-Focused Resource Allocation in a Hospital Network” (with Rahul Govind and Vikas Mittal), International Journal of Research in Marketing, 25 (December 2008; MSI/IJRM Special Issue: Marketing and Health), 294-300.

“Reservation Price as a Range: An Incentive Compatible Measurement Approach” (with Tuo Wang and R. Venkatesh), Journal of Marketing Research, 44 (May 2007), 200-213.

“A Three-Stage Model of Integrated Marketing Communications at the Marketing-Sales Interface” (with Timothy M. Smith and Srinath Gopalakrishna), Journal of Marketing Research, 43 (November 2006), 564-579.

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Deborah Good

University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business
Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Organizations and Entrepreneurship
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Nisha Nair

University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business

Nisha Nair joined the faculty of the Katz School in 2015. Previously, she taught at the William Paterson University, New Jersey, as a visiting faculty member in the Cotsakos College of Business, and at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore as a tenured faculty member of the Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management area. She has taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level, and has also engaged in various training programs for working executives and consulted for organizations in both the public and private sector.

Professor Nair was the recipient of the best doctoral proposal award at the CLADEA International Doctoral Colloquium in Mexico in 2008, and her thesis work was chosen as one of the select ten papers to be presented at the Drucker Forum in Vienna in 2009. Her research primarily focuses on the negative side of employee attitudes and behavior, specifically in the areas of work alienation and workplace deviance. She is also interested in research on organizational development, human resource management, and emotions and conflict. Her research has appeared in Management DecisionNonprofit Management & LeadershipInternational Journal of Organizational AnalysisJournal of Workplace RightsSport in SocietyInternational Journal of Conflict Management, and Organizational Development Journal. Additionally, her research has been presented at various conferences, such as the Academy of Management and Business and Information conference. She has also co-authored a limited edition book on HR Best Practices in the manufacturing sector in India.

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Jonathan Ogurchak

Jonathan Ogurchak

Specialty Pharmacy Veteran

Jonathan Ogurchak, PharmD, CSP is the CEO & Co-Founder of STACK, a pharmacy information management platform designed to simplify the “outside of the dispense” complexities associated with running successful pharmacies, professional associations, and higher education institutions.

He currently serves on the editorial board for Specialty Pharmacy Times and serves as an Educational Consultant for the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP).

He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University, where he currently serves as President of the Alumni Board of Governors and President-Elect of the Pharmacy Alumni Association.

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Jan Pringle

Jan Pringle

University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy

Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Dr. Pringle is an epidemiologist by training with extensive experience in health services research. Her particular areas of expertise are addiction services research, especially research involving the application of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) within various healthcare settings. Recently, she served as Director of the $12 million federally-funded Pennsylvania SBIRT initiative’s Data Coordinating Center (DCC) and as its lead evaluator. Currently, Dr. Pringle is one of the 11 principal investigators funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Association to develop and implement an SBIRT curriculum for medical residencies throughout Pennsylvania. Dr. Pringle also participates in the Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Consortium. She has been involved as a principal investigator or co-investigator for a number of federally-funded studies involving health services, patient safety, addiction treatment and addiction and chronic disease prevention research. Dr. Pringle is currently leading the evaluation of a Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) funded initiative within Pennsylvania that has involved the application of SBI techniques with community pharmacists for the purpose of improving medication adherence. Dr. Pringle established the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU). PERU has secured over $120 million in research and program evaluation efforts for various entities within and outside of the University and is the repository for large databases associated with several federally-funded initiatives. Dr. Pringle has been involved in developing healthcare policy research and briefs that have been used to inform policy development at both the state and federal levels.

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Bridget Regan

University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy

Director of Pharmacy Business Programs, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Bridget T. Regan, MBA, RPh, is the Director of Pharmacy Business Programs and Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

Bridget received her Bachelor of Science in 1995 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. After receiving her pharmacy degree, Bridget spent 3 years in the Community Pharmacy sector as a staff pharmacist. She then spent 8 years at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, serving in the roles of Pharmacy Supervisor, Director of Pharmacy, and ultimately Pharmacy and Imaging Services Administrator. Bridget most recently served as the System Director of Pharmaceutical Care for Heritage Valley Health System. She was responsible for operational budgets for two full service acute care hospital pharmacies, two out-patient, community pharmacies, and a long term care pharmacy. During her time at Heritage Valley Health System, Bridget obtained her Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma methodology for eliminating defects and improving quality. In 2014, she completed the Executive Masters of Business Administration program at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Bridget was selected to join Beta Gamma Sigma, a distinguished honorary society for business excellence.

Throughout her career, Bridget has been instrumental in streamlining, expanding, and restructuring pharmacy operations, including growth and development of staff and fellow co-workers. Her responsibilities included pharmacy management, strategic planning, contract analysis and negotiation, clinical protocol development, formulary management, automation technologies, and regulatory compliance. She was the driving force behind several successful clinical, financial, and operational programs. Attuned to the dynamic and evolving healthcare landscape, Bridget is an experienced leader and an accomplished professional.

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Anthony F. Rodi

University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business

Anthony Rodi joined the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School Of Business in 2015, where he teaches a variety of courses around Information Systems at the undergraduate and MBA levels.  He has been awarded for teaching excellence by the 2016 Katz part-time MBA students, who recognized him as the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year.”  He has developed and delivered new elective courses for undergraduate and master’s level courses in Information Systems Ethics and has developed a pilot online course in the part-time Professional MBA program.  In addition to teaching, he is active within the university, building internal relationships across disciplines and departments.  He serves as faculty advisor for student organizations and clubs in both the College of Business Administration and the Katz Graduate School of Business.  He also serves as faculty advisor for undergraduate Business Case Competition teams and actively participates in University committees.

Prior to joining the Katz School, Rodi taught at California University of Pennsylvania.  During his tenure, he achieved excellence in teaching across disciplines, including Computer Information Systems and Leadership and Business, while also building new degree programs, providing student mentoring and guidance, contributing to course development, and conducting extensive service both inside and outside of the university.  In addition to teaching, Anthony was the Principal Investigator (PI)/Director, leading a multi-million dollar Department of Defense joint contract between California University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute.

Prior to his academic career, Anthony had 25 years of industry experience.

He is a member of the following organizations:

  • AIS – Association for Information Systems
  • IACIS – International Association for Computer Information Systems
  • PMI –Project Management Institute
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Karen Shastri

University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business

Dr. Shastri has been actively involved in research related to internal management accounting practices. One of her current studies focuses on firms that do not utilize budgeting as part of their management information system. A recent study examined firms’ budgeting processes to assess the value-added from these processes as well as identify best practices while another published paper focuses on firms that do not use budgets as a management tool.Additionally, she has been involved in d a case write-up on real options and capital budgeting.

She has also and continues to work on the topics of costs as they relate to effectiveness in the criminal justice and human services fields. She has examined these aspects with respect to programs provided by behavioral health organizations for school age children, services training for officers and prosecutors (STOP), electronic fingerprinting and photo imaging, arraignments through video conferencing, and programs that instruct in the area of community oriented policing, an effort to integrate the police into the community, among others.

She also continues to evaluate the financial condition of firms and health care entities as a result of economic and firm-specific events.

Dr. Shastri serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management and has been on the Editorial Board for Research in Healthcare Financial Management, and an ad hoc reviewer for accounting related journals and conferences.

Her research areas, teaching interests and other professionally related activities are correlated since all of these factors focus on an entity’s effectiveness, efficiencies, and costs of activities.

She is a member of several accounting organizations, including the American Accounting Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Institute of Management Accountants.

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Dhinu Srinivasan

University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Accounting

Profile

Dhinu Srinivasan joined the Katz School in 1996. He was a visiting faculty member at Purdue University in 2003. At Katz, he teaches MBA and undergraduate managerial accounting and strategic cost management courses, and offers a doctoral seminar on empirical research in managerial accounting. His research interests are in the areas of non-financial performance measures, incentive contracts and organizational performance, cost behavior, strategic cost, and quality management. His dissertation on non-financial performance measures won First Place in the American Accounting Association’s Outstanding Managerial Accounting Doctoral Dissertation Award in 1998. His paper based on his dissertation won the American Accounting Association’s Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award in 2002. Another paper won the first ever “Outstanding Management Accounting Paper at the AAA Annual Meeting Award” in August 2005. His research work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, The Accounting Review, and the Journal of Accounting and Economics. He has worked as a naval architect for Hindustan Shipyard Limited, India, and as an information systems executive for Whirlpool Corporation, India. He is a member of the American Accounting Association.

Recent Publications

“Does CEO charisma matter? An empirical analysis of the relationships among CEO charisma, organizational performance, and environmental uncertainty.” Brad Agle, Nandu Nagarajan, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Dhinu Srinivasan.Academy of Management Journal. 2006, vol. 49

“Association of Non-financial Performance Measures with the Financial Performance of a Lodging Chain.” Rajiv Banker, Gordon Potter and Dhinu Srinivasan. Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly. 2005. Vol. 46 (4).

“An Empirical Analysis of Continuing Improvements Following the Implementation of a Performance-Based Compensation Plan,” with Rajiv D. Banker, S. Lee, and Gordon Potter. Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 30, No.3, December 2000.

“An Empirical Investigation of an Incentive Plan That Includes Non-financial Performance Measures,” with Rajiv D. Banker and Gordon Potter. The Accounting Review, Vol. 75, No. 1, January 2000.

“Contextual Analysis of Performance Impacts of Outcome-Based Incentive Compensation,” with R. Banker, S. Lee, and G. Potter, Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 39, No. 4, August 1996.

Recent Working Papers

“The Role of Non-financial Measures in Controlling Undesired Activities: The Case of Hard Selling,” with Alex Thevaranjan and Kissan Joseph.”

“Executive Compensation and Non-financial Performance Measures: A Study of the Major U.S. Airlines,” with Akin Sayrak and Nandu Nagarajan.

“Allocating Capacity Costs and Pricing for New Product Introduction,” with Barry Mishra and Ashutosh Prasad.

“An Empirical Examination of the Impact of Termination of a Performance-Based Incentive Plan,” with Rajiv Banker, Seok-Young Lee, and Gordon Potter.

Awards and Honors

Winner of the Best Management Accounting Paper at the AAA Annual Meeting Award, 2005.

Winner of the American Accounting Association—Management Accounting Section Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award, 2002.

Coauthored paper won First Place in the Faculty Research Awards, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, 2001.

First Place in the American Accounting Association—Management Accounting Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 1998.

Arthur Andersen & Co. SC Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 1995–96.

Carl Nelson Scholarship, Accounting Department, University of Minnesota, 1995.
E.A. Heilman Scholarship for Excellence in Teaching, Accounting Department, University of Minnesota, 1994.

External Service and Assignments

Reviewer for The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Accounting Horizons, and Journal of Applied Corporate Finance.

Reviewer and Discussant for Annual Meetings of the American Accounting Association and Management Accounting Research Conferences.
Working Paper Series Coordinator and Member of the Executive Committee of Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association.

Consulting Activities

Has conducted research projects for two leading hotel chains, one national retailer, and a large manufacturing company.

Personal Interests

Travel and classical music.

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Beth Stutzman

UPMC WorkPartners, Senior Director of Sales and Business Development

Beth Stutzman is the Senior Director of Sales and Business Development for UPMC WorkPartners and has more than 20 years of progressive achievements across a broad range of strategic marketing functions and diverse industries including healthcare, retail and CPG .

Beth is currently responsible for driving sales, cultivating new markets and developing best practice plans and processes including the development of strategic market planning to ensure WorkPartners is well positioned for success in a competitive global marketplace.

Beth holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Joe Thomas

Truveris, Client Services Director

Truveris, Client Services Director

Joe Thomas is the Client Services Director at Truveris, a digital health company.  His career portfolio is diverse and inclusive of more than 15 years of experience across the retail, home infusion, specialty pharmacy, and managed care pharmacy sectors.

Currently, he is responsible for assisting plan sponsors in the management of their pharmacy benefit plan, which includes PBM contract alignment, claims analysis, plan design consultation, and clinical oversight.  Plan sponsors rely on him to ensure preservation of both financial and clinical integrity related to their prescription drug plan.

Joe leads the Managed Care Pharmacy curriculum.  He is a proud graduate of the Master of Pharmacy Business Administration program, class of 2017.  Additionally, he is a certified specialty pharmacist and a certified pharmacy benefit specialist. 

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Gordon Vanscoy

Gordon Vanscoy

University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy

Chairman and CEO of RareMed Solutions; and Managing Partner of Relentless Capital

With more than three decades of executive experience creating and developing successful medical and pharmaceutical service business ventures, Dr. Vanscoy is a recognized leader in the health care industry and a pioneer in the specialty pharmacy (SP) sector. He was the founding Chairman and CEO of PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy, The Rare Disease SP® PANTHERx is a dually accredited SP recognized by INC Magazine as 2016’s #1 fastest growing healthcare company, and by Modern Healthcare as one of 2016’s top 10 best places to work in the nation. In addition, PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy was recently ranked #1 in the Zitter Health Insights Patient Satisfaction Survey, receiving the highest score ever attained on the survey.  Gordon is the founding Chairman and CEO of RareMed Solutions, providing superior access solutions for rare disease therapies.  Gordon also serves Managing Partner of Relentless Capital and as the Associate Dean for Business Innovation and Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), where he recently launched the Master of Science in Pharmacy Business Administration degree program.

Prior to founding PANTHERx and RareMed Solutions, Dr. Vanscoy served as the Chairman and CEO of WellCo Medical Solutions Inc., GreenCare US, LLC, and University Pharmacotherapy Associates Inc. Earlier in his career, while serving as Assistant Dean for Managed Care at Pitt, Gordon helped to grow one of the country’s first specialty pharmacy’s, Stadtlanders.  He rose as an executive with Bergen Brunswig Specialty, and became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at CVS ProCare.  Prior to specialty pharmacy, Gordon served as Vice-Chair of the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics where he founded UPMC’s Drug Information and Pharmacoepidemiology Center. He was an active member of the University Biomedical Institutional Review Board, serving as Vice Chairman. At the beginning of his career, he developed one of the country’s first Anticoagulation Clinic Services and obtained medication-prescribing privileges at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Health System.

Dr. Vanscoy’s primary research interest is the pharmacoeconomic modeling of high-risk, high-cost disease states while his scholarly focus is on advancing education in the business of medicines to create future leaders.  He received his Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University. Gordon completed an ASHP-accredited clinical residency at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and a faculty fellowship in advanced geriatrics at the University of Pittsburgh Geriatric Education Center.  He is nationally credentialed as a Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider.

Gordon was recognized in 2016 by Smart Business Magazine as the top executive of one of the 50 smartest companies in the Western Pennsylvania for his ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations. He has published a number of textbook chapters, hundreds of scientific papers, and has received dozens of research grants and awards. Dr. Vanscoy has provided nearly a thousand invited lectures and served on many national and international committees. He is a past board member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Outcomes (ISPOR), the ACPE National CE Provider Committee, the United States Pharmacopoeia’s (USP) Therapeutic Information Management Advisory Panel, the National Certified Anticoagulation Care Providers (CACP), and the American Red Cross.  Gordon currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ASHP Foundation.

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