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Dr. Pooja Kumar

Dr. Pooja Kumar is a Partner in McKinsey’s Boston office. A physician by trade, Pooja focuses on health-systems performance transformations as well as growth and partnership strategies in markets experiencing payment reform. She has worked across public- and private-sector institutions and for both not-for-profit and for-profit health systems, and she leads much of McKinsey’s academic medical center (AMC) work.

Pooja also co-leads the firm’s knowledge development on physician strategy, including improving access to practices and operational improvement, physician behavior and 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 and medical-group performance in multiple markets, and multiple partnership strategies between academic medical centers 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, MSc in economic & social history from Oxford University—Magdalen College, and BA in health policy from Duke University.