MILI Course Instructors

Susan Alpert, MD, PhD.

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 Eric Barrette, Ph.D. 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 health information technology diffusion, and healthcare market structure.
Robert Connor

Robert Connor received a PhD in health economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MHA from Duke University. His expertise lies in market structure and access to service in the health sector, insurance purchasing decisions and health insurance markets, health care reform, and vertically integrated delivery systems and population-based health care financial management. His current research focuses on horizontal and vertical mergers in the health sector, the empirical basis for antitrust policy, the role of expected utility theory in consumer decisions to purchase insurance, and the impact of managed care. He received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University and has been published in the Journal of Public Budgeting and Financial Management, the Health Care Management Review, and the Journal of Economic Psychology, among others.

Michael Finch
Jeffrey Hertzberg MD

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

Rahul Koranne, MD, MBA, FACP serves as the Vice President/ Executive Medical Director of HealthEast Community Services and Bethesda Hospital. Dr. Korannetrained 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.


Randall Nelson
Stephen Parente

STEPHEN T. PARENTE, PhD, MPH, MS is the Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance in Carlson School of Management and the Director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. As a Professor in the Finance Department, he specializes in health economics, information technology, and health insurance. Dr. Parente has been the principal investigator funded-studies on consumer directed health plans since 2002. Dr. Parente was a health policy adviser for the McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign and served as Legislative Fellow in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D WV) in 1992/93. He has a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.