Surya N. Mohapatra, former chairman and chief executive officer of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, has been named Executive in Residence at Columbia Business School.
Mohapatra is among a select group of India-born Fortune 500 chief executive officers and has more than 30 years of broad experience in health care industry, including cardiovascular research, diagnostic imaging, and diagnostic testing. He has been a strong advocate of patient empowerment and accountability to improve healthcare and reduce costs. His areas of interest cover patient centricity, growth strategy, global health, information technology, and innovation.
Prior to joining Quest Diagnostics in 1999, Mohapatra served as senior vice president and a member of the executive committee of Picker International, now part of Phillips Medical Systems. In addition, Mohapatra is a member of the board of directors of Xylem Corporation, a trustee of Rockefeller University, and a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
“Dr. Mohapatra and his considerable experience in healthcare will help facilitate and strengthen collaboration among Columbia Business School and other schools in medical science, engineering, and public health,” said Dean Glenn Hubbard. “We are excited to welcome him as our newest Executive in Residence.”
Mohapatra holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Regional Engineering College, Rourkela, India; a master’s degree in medical electronics, University of Salford, England; and a doctorate in medical physics from University of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is the author of several publications and patents.
Among the first of its kind when it was founded nearly three decades ago, the Executives in Residence Program integrates senior executives into the life of the School. Current executives in residence include experts in media, investment banking, private equity, and management, from such companies as Goldman Sachs and McKinsey. These leaders also teach classes, participate in student-run conferences, and organize informal activities for students with common interests.