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Dr. Pooja Kumar


Pooja Kumar is a principal in McKinsey’s Boston office. A physician by background, Pooja focuses on health systems growth/partnership strategies as well as operational transformations in markets experiencing payment reform. She has worked across public and private sector institutions, for- and not-for-profit health systems, and leads much of McKinsey's academic medical center work. Pooja also co-leads the Firm’s knowledge development on physician strategy, including improving access to practices/ operational improvement; physician behavior/attitudes on innovative payment models and risk; and alignment strategies between physician practices and systems. Recent engagements include a comprehensive cost- and revenue-side transformation for a regional academic health system; multiple market partnership strategies between AMCs and community systems; and improving patient access/ medical group performance in multiple markets.

Before joining McKinsey, Pooja trained at and received her MD from Harvard Medical School and the Boston-area hospitals. She has also worked extensively in refugee health with UNHCR (Congo-Zambia border), Save the Children (East Timor), UNICEF (India), International Rescue Committee (Azerbaijan), and Doctors without Borders.  She received an MSc from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA from Duke University in Health Policy.