Meet Rohit Gulati, MD, MBA
Rohit Gulati, MD, MBA, recently assumed the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Urban Core for Einstein Healthcare Network.
His professional interests include medical economics and providing cost-effective, quality medicine with zero patient harm through healthcare innovation.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in India. At the age of 6 I went to The Lawrence School Sanawar, one of the oldest boarding schools in the country, founded in 1853. Rudyard Kipling once said and I quote, “Send him to Sanawar and make a man of him.”
Interestingly, the Jewish Hospital, which became Einstein Medical Center, was founded in 1864.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your family.
A: My wife is the Associate Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer at The University of Maryland Medical Center, which leads to interesting dinner conversations. My son recently graduated from The University of Michigan and now works for a consulting company in Chicago. Go Blue!
Q: What was your first job?
A: I sometimes wonder if doctors have jobs…maybe it’s a calling. It was humbling to start a career as a physician/educator at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
Q: Why did you choose a career in the medical field?
A: Not sure if I chose it or it chose me. My father was a physician, so when I got accepted into medical school I think I was expected to pursue this path.
Q: You’re new to the organization. What drew you to Einstein?
A: Einstein is the third oldest Jewish hospital in the country and the largest independent academic medical center in the Philadelphia region. The people working here are known to be committed, mission-driven individuals, so it was an honor to be selected as Chief Medical Officer.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your down time?
A: I enjoy flying and have an instrument rated pilot license. Maybe one day I will have enough flying time to get my commercial license. In addition to flying, one may say I “enjoy” pursuing the ever-elusive par at golf.
Q: Is there a motto you live by?
A: The motto at school was/still is “Never give in.” In healthcare it’s all about the patient: “The right care at the right time at the right place.”
Q: Favorite book?
A: “The God of Small Things.” A sensuous prose, a dreamlike style infused with breathtakingly beautiful images and keen insight into human nature. It won the Booker prize in 1997.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Q: Favorite TV show?
A: Since my wife is British-American, I would have to say it’s “EastEnders,” as it appears that’s the one show that’s religion in our house.
Q: Favorite music?
A: A toss-up between “Set Fire to the Rain” and my new favorite from the recently released “A Star is Born.”
Q: Favorite vacation?
A: Camping with the elusive Tuareg nomads, who call themselves “free men in the middle of the Sahara.” Like Jennifer Lee said, “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
Photo by Wes Hilton