MILI Course Instructors

Susan Alpert, MD, PhD. recently retired from Medtronic, where she served as senior vice president and chief regulatory officer. Prior to joining the device industry, Alpert spent 13 years at the FDA where she worked in drug, medical device, and food safety regulation. She is one of the founding members of MILI’s National Industry Council and is now MILI’s executive in residence. In this new role, Alpert helps foster MILI’s close working relationships with global medical industry leaders and shares her expertise with students and affiliates. 

Eric Barrette, is a senior consultant at Bates White Economic Consulting in the Healthcare and Life Sciences practice areas. His work involves economic analysis of pricing, marketing, distribution, and reimbursement in pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He also works on issues regarding antitrust investigations including mergers and conduct investigations in healthcare industries. Prior to joining Bates White  Dr. Barrette was postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Barrette served as principal  investigator of a project studying geographic variation in healthcare costs and utilization for the Institute of Medicine through a subcontract to The Lewin Group. Dr. Barrette received a Ph.D. in health services research  and policy from the University of Minnesota, a M.A. in economics from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in Economics and Actuarial Science from the University of St. Thomas. His research interests include pricing and reimbursement, health information technology diffusion, and healthcare market structure.

Robert Connor is the CEO of medical device start-up companies including Aneuclose, Sleepnea, and Medibotics which are developing new treatment options for cerebral aneurysms, obstructive sleep apnea, and obesity. Connor was recognized as one of Minnesota's top inventors in 2013 by Twin Cities Business Magazine. He launched and continues to teach the Medical Device Industry overview and Pharmaceutical Industry courses in 1999-2000 which helped to spark the creation of MILI. Before his academic career, Connor was an Associate Director of a major teaching hospital.

Mike Finch

Michael Finch, Ph.D., received his degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. From 1984 through 1998 he was a member of the faculty of the Division of Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota where he reached the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. From 1998 through 2004 Dr. Finch was Director of Research Programs for UnitedHealth Group. He is currently a member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Minnesota with appointments in the Carlson School of Management and the School of Public Health. 

He teaches the required Healthcare Marketplace course for MILI and is one of the instructors for the Medical Industry Valuation Laboratory.

Dr. Finch is widely known for his work on the cost, quality and financing of health care in the public and private market and is nationally recognized  has as an expert in research methods and evaluation. Finch has been a principal on over a dozen federally sponsored grants and contracts, including HCFA’s National Post Acute Care project, the Second Generation Social HMO demonstration, the NIMH funded Youth Development Survey and the NIA funded Evaluation of the Medicaid Demonstration. 

He has conducted major studies on the effects of surgical volume on outcomes in hospitals, guideline performance for diabetes, the cost and financing of end of life care and hospital safety.  His latest book explores the role of physician communication in health care.

Hertzberg, a former practicing internal medicine physician, is president of Medformatics, Inc., a Minneapolis-based consulting firm specializing in the design, implementation, and selection of health care information systems. Hertzberg says of the Anatomy and Physiology for Managers class he developed in 2007, “This unique course offers human biomedical sciences to MBA students, weaving together basic science with a practical approach to identifying opportunities in the healthcare market. Our students leave better able to communicate effectively and accurately with their clinical colleagues.”In 2014 he will be co-teaching the Medical Industry Valuation Lab.

Rahul Koranne, MD, MBA, FACP serves as the Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of the Minnesota Hospital Association,  representing 143 hospitals and health systems in MN working to improve the health of communities across the state by serving health systems throughout MN. Dr. Koranne trained in internal medicine and holds a fellowship in Geriatrics from U of MN. Rahul graduated as a Carlson Scholar from the Executive MBA program at U of MN in 2008 and has been involved with the U through MILI since then. Rahul's interests are transformation of the healthcare delivery system especially the community based services in order to preserve and improve the health of a population. Rahul is very involved with the Office for Community Engagement forHealth at the U of MN CTSI and with many committees at the MN DHS. Rahul serves on the Board of Wilder Foundation in St. Paul and the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board representing MN. Rahul currently teaches the MILI 6992 course each fall along with lecturing as a guest speaker on other courses.


Steve Parente

Stephen Parente is the Director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute, Professor and Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance, in the Department of Finance at the Carlson School of Management. While he was instrumental in MILI’s early development, Parente takes special pride in the development of the Medical Industry Valuation lab, which, he says, “helps inventors accelerate the innovation pipeline, prepares students for leadership roles in the medical device industry, and greatly benefits our state and our nation’s economic development.”