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Dr. Pooja Kumar


Pooja Kumar is a Partner in McKinsey’s Boston office. A physician by background, Pooja focuses on health systems performance transformations as well as growth/partnership strategies 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 nationally leading academic health system; improving patient access/ medical group performance in multiple markets; and multiple market partnership strategies between AMCs and community systems.

Pooja has 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.

Pooja received her MD from Harvard Medical School (USA), MSc in economic & social history from Oxford University—Magdalen College (UK), and BA in health policy from Duke University (USA). Recent articles of Pooja’s include “Clinically integrated networks: Can they create value?” (McKinsey & Company, June 2016), “Unlocking the potential of academic and community health system partnerships” (McKinsey & Company, February 2016), and “The access imperative” (McKinsey & Company, February 2015).