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Ken Yamaguchi, MD, Executive MBA

Ken Yamaguchi

EMBA 2012
Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
Centene Corporation
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“As a physician, somebody who’s not normally in the business world, it was enriching to be among a large group of exceptional people; to see how they think and the experiences they have.”

On the Olin experience:

“What does the Olin Executive MBA mean to me? It means a wonderful educational experience of a life time. It means an opportunity to learn a whole different field that I was definitely unfamiliar with. It means a new way of thinking, an opportunity to meet great people, and a chance to really broaden my understanding of things that are important not only in business, but as they apply to medicine.

Transformational learning:

I did not pursue an executive MBA specifically for a career goal or some type of specific job offer. I did it mostly because I was intellectually curious; I wanted to learn for learning’s sake. I knew multiple people who had done this program and thought the world of it. They felt transformed by the process. This is a top-notch program. It is really as good as it gets.”

Executive network, collaborative culture:

The leadership qualities are the same in medicine as you see in business. The quality of your classmates is equal to the quality of the professors here. You’re meeting extremely interesting people who you can learn from, and who appreciate learning from you too. You get a free exchange of ideas and thoughts, concerns and opinions.”

“Every time you’re in class you’re laughing quite a bit. There’s a lot of humor that goes around, coming from both classmates and professors. As a physician, somebody who’s not normally in the business world, it was enriching to be among a large group of exceptional people; to see how they think and the experiences they have.”

Ken Yamaguchi, MD, EMBA 2012

Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer at Centene Corporation

Previous Employment

Sam and Marilyn Fox Distinguished Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Washington University

Background

Education: MD, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Bachelor’s Degree, University of California, Los Angeles