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BS in Healthcare Management

Mehmet Ayvaci

Mehmet Ayvaci, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biography

Mehmet Ayvaci has been in the academic world for more than 10 years, beginning at the University of Wisconsin, where he received his PhD in industrial and systems engineering. He received his BS in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University. He then went on to complete his MS in management science and engineering at Stanford University. Ayvaci has been published more than 30 times and has been invited to speak at more than a dozen conferences. Among his many honors are the Workshop and Health IT and Economics (WHITE) “Young Researcher” Award and the “Best Paper” Award Finalist, given by the Institute For Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Research Focus

Economics of Health Information and Technology, Decision Theory, Healthcare Analytics/Machine Learning, Stochastic Optimization

Courses Taught:

  • HMGT 6323/MIS 6317 – Healthcare Informatics
  • HMGT 4321/MIS4320 – Introduction to Healthcare Information Systems
  • HMGT 6334 – Healthcare Analytics
Britt Berrett

Britt Berrett, PhD, FACHE

Clinical Professor and Director, BS Healthcare Management

Biography

Britt Berrett served as the president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, a 900-bed hospital, and executive vice president of the Texas Health Resources (THR) network of 24 facilities and more than 250 ambulatory centers located throughout North Texas prior to joining UT Dallas. Previously he was the president and chief executive officer of Medical City and Medical City Children’s Hospital, the flagship medical center for the North Texas Division of HCA. He also served as a CEO as part of the SHARP Healthcare system in San Diego, Calif. With almost 30 years of both not-for-profit and for-profit executive healthcare experience, he has navigated some of the most complicated organizational and environmental challenges in healthcare. In his executive role, his organizations have achieved recognition for exceptional organizational performance and employee engagement. Berrett has experienced an inspiring level of success through his commitment to teams and organizational culture. Throughout his career, he has served on 17 boards of directors for industry and community organizations and agencies. He brings his professional and educational experience to The University of Texas at Dallas to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders.

Research Focus

Transformational Leadership, Physician and Administrator Relationships

Courses Taught:

  • HMGT 3301 – Introduction to Healthcare Management
  • HMGT 6340 – Principles of Hospital Administration
Doric Earle

Doric Earle, PhD, MBA

Lecturer I

Biography

Doric Earle received his doctorate in Public Affairs— with a focus on urban planning — from The University of Texas at Dallas. As well as teaching at UT Dallas, he works as a strategic planner and economic developer with Forward Planning. Earle spent 30 years in data analysis and development; he worked as an executive for large corporations, created small companies and launched new service concepts. As a Data Fellow and a collaborator with the SMU Hunt Institute, Earle is working on eradicating poverty through the application of technology. He co-created a platform that provides accessible housing to Fair Park (South Dallas) with the Dallas Unity Fund LLC.

Courses Taught:

  • ECON 3330 – Economics of Health
  • HMGT 3301 – Introduction to Healthcare Management
Kristin Jenkins

Kristin Jenkins, JD, FACHE

Lecturer I

Biography

Kristin Jenkins has been in the healthcare field since leaving her private law practice in 1997. She is president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation and senior vice president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council. She has served as a Tarrant County assistant district attorney and as a senior vice president of JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. Jenkins earned her BBA in finance from Texas Christian University – M.J. Neeley School of Business. She then went on to The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her JD in law. During her extensive career, she also found time to complete her MBA with a focus in healthcare management at The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management. She is past president of the North Texas Healthcare Compliance Association and the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association. She also served on the Texas Hospital Association’s Leadership Development Council and is a recipient of Modern Healthcare’s “Up & Comer” Award.

Courses Taught:

  • HMGT 3310 – Healthcare Regulatory Environment
Daniel Karnuta

Daniel Karnuta

Senior Lecturer I

Biography

Prior to joining the University of Texas at Dallas, Mr. Karnuta served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Conifer Health Solutions, a healthcare revenue cycle management and consulting company serving over 800 healthcare provider organizations throughout the US. Previously, he spent nearly 20 years at Perot Systems Corporation, a worldwide provider of information technology services, where he held several senior-level positions including Vice President of Finance, Healthcare Industry Group Chief Financial Officer and Global Tax Director. He began his career in public accounting where he served as a Tax Manager with Price Waterhouse.

With over 30 years of professional experience, Mr. Karnuta has led finance and accounting organizations focusing on: financial reporting, operational delivery, taxation, pricing, strategy and decision support. He spent several years working in Europe where he led a finance team that spanned 6 countries on three continents. Earlier in his career, Mr. Karnuta served as an adjunct lecturer at George Mason University and The American University in Washington, DC. He was more recently an adjunct lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas before retiring from his corporate duties in order to devote his efforts full-time to educating the next generation of business leaders.

Courses Taught:

  • HMGT 3311 Healthcare Accounting
  • ACCT 6373 Advanced External Auditing
  • ACCT 3332/6332 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • ACCT 2301/6301 Financial Accounting
Luba Ketsler

Luba Ketsler, MS

Senior Lecturer I

Biography

Luba Ketsler earned her BS in economics and finance from The University of Texas at Dallas. She then earned her MS in economics from Hunter College in New York City. Ketsler teaches full time in the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS). Considering the dynamics of the industry, she believes that healthcare and economics go hand in hand.Students in Ketsler’s classes engage in relevant discussion topics, such as “Health is a function not just of medical care but of socioeconomic status and choices. It is important to take a very close look at the economic intricacies that define ‘what is healthcare?’ in today’s world.”

Courses Taught:

  • ECON 2301 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 3330 – Economics of Health
Keith Thurgood

Keith Thurgood, PhD

Clinical Professor, Organizations, Strategy and International Management,
Director, MS Healthcare Leadership and Management

Biography

Keith Thurgood is a Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Jindal School of Management of the University of Texas at Dallas where he also leads the graduate program in Healthcare Leadership and Management. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at UTD. In addition to his responsibilities at UT Dallas, Dr. Thurgood is a faculty member and senior advisor for the Thayer Leader Development Group (West Point, New York).

Dr. Thurgood brings a unique perspective on healthcare, operations management and leadership having served at senior-level leadership positions in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Most recently Dr. Thurgood has returned to UTD following a 14-month sabbatical following an appointed by the Secretary of Defense Chief Management Officer to lead the largest global community services reform effort in a generation. He was also President, Spend and Clinical Management, MedAssets, a healthcare performance improvement company. He also served as President and CEO of Overseas Military Sales Corporation and as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Sam’s Club. He also served as the CEO of The Exchange (formerly the Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), the United States Department of Defense’s $10 billion global for-profit retail enterprise and he has also held executive positions with Frito-Lay and PepsiCo. In addition to his civilian job, he has over 28 years of Army service, both active and reserve. Major General Thurgood served as the Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve in Washington, D.C. His last assignment prior to his retirement was the Deputy, Business Transformation, Office of the Secretary of the Army.

Dr. Thurgood serves on numerous not-for profit boards.

Dr. Thurgood holds a BA in Political Science from Brigham Young University, a MS in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, a MS in Business Administration from Boston University and a PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership from Capella University. He is a frequent nationally recognized speaker on leadership and operations management.

Courses Taught:

  • HMGT 3301 Introduction to Healthcare Management
Jim Walton

Jim Walton, DO, MBA, FACP

Lecturer I

Biography

Dr. Jim Walton joined Genesis Physician Group in March 2013 as its president and chief executive officer. Prior to that, he served as vice president of network performance for Baylor Quality Alliance (BQA). Walton joined Baylor in 1996 as medical director of the Office of Community Health Improvement. From 2006 to 2011 he served as Baylor’s chief health equity officer, developing quality improvement strategies to eliminate health disparities in Baylor’s inpatient and ambulatory care settings . Additionally, since 2000, he has served as the Dallas County Medical Society’s medical director for Project Access Dallas. Walton earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He earned his MBA at the University of Michigan. He is board-certified in internal medicine.

Courses Taught:

  • HMGT 3301 – Introduction to Healthcare Management
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