Thinking together to reap results

Center for Healthcare Management


About Us

We are a global research and consulting organization and a convener of carefully curated forums.

Founded in 2010 by Prof. Dr. Katharina Janus the Center for Healthcare Management is located in Paris, France (for the European, Asian and the Middle Eastern markets) and at Columbia University, New York, for the Americas (@HCMatColumbia).
The Center is a global organization of leading international scholars and practitioners beyond the core team of analysts and strategists. It’s focus is on healthcare management strategy as well as convening decision-makers in focused forums and offering tailor-made executive training.
Because we care about making healthcare systems more efficient and improving organizational performance we call our global network of expert consultants the Care-Tank, merging think-tanks and do-tanks.
Thinking together to connect the dots and reap results determines our research and convening engagements. On the implementation side we are supported by ENJOY STRATEGY – a global consulting network.
Prof. Janus and her team of international experts provided us with a unique mix of customized scientific analysis and hands-on implementation advice for our global strategic endeavors. It has become the sole go-to research organization for us and is imperative to our international success.

Eytan Alpern, Managing Partner, Advanced Medical Reviews, Los Angeles, USA



Katharina Janus

Founder & Managing Director

Michael Sparer

Michael Sparer

Attaché Special Liaison

Walter Kopp

Walter Kopp

Special Advisor

Thomas Rundall

Thomas Rundall

Special Advisor

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The Care-Tank

Global Network of Experts

Lawrence Brown

Lawrence Brown

Special Advisor

I highly appreciated the openness and positive tone along the meeting, which I left with a sense of partnering with the right institution, and look forward to a strengthened cooperation.

Oriol Lacorte, General Manager Iberia, Zimmer Biomet, Barcelona, Spain

About Our Work

We are inspired by true discovery and driven by curiosity. What we learn we pass on through our focused forums. With the purpose to make a difference in business practice.


The Center redefines healthcare management: it incorporates the activities of setting the strategy of an organization, entity or project as well as coordinating (and cherishing) the efforts of healthcare professionals to accomplish certain objectives through the application of available resources (financial, natural, technological, and again human). In short, it’s about coordinating people and money – the currencies of healthcare.


Think back. Look forward. It’s time (Trinity Church New York)….

  • To define and distinguish the matters of managing healthcare in the future,
  • To apply a rigorous approach to reap results,
  • To translate and disseminate results into practice through focused forums and education.


Thinking together to reap results

In a specialized and knowledge-driven world the medium matters to connect the dots between experts. That‘s why we invented a new format. Come and join us!

These are really fundamental issues of how do we organize, how do we put the resources in the right places and what can we expect in results. So the Center’s work addresses a very practical immediate need for the changes in our system and for us to understand how we can play the corporate role in implementing these changes.

Ron Kuerbitz, former CEO of Fresenius Medical Care North America/ now CEO of agilon health, Long Beach, USA



A mix of customized analysis and hands-on implementation advice for global strategic endeavors. Examples are:

  • Understanding the landscape of various players,
  • Reviewing trends towards consolidation and the impact of political reforms on business opportunities,
  • Assessing the level of market intimacy and cultural sensitivity.


Focused forums that provide solutions how to organize people and employ resources on all levels. These include:

  • The political level as platforms for knowledge exchange,
  • The application of innovation in a pragmatic way,
  • The ability to create models and systems of care delivery that allow for scalability across an international set of boundaries.


Tailormade workshops and executive training to implement strategies (certificate provided):

  • We separate process from content and apply our format to a wide range of topics, even outside healthcare.
  • Cast and involve opinion leaders in particular topics.
  • Prestigious setting at the Columbia Global Center in Paris, on-site at your organization, or globally located.
I just get knowledge that I didn’t otherwise have and I get a chance to share knowledge with people who are interested in what I’ve got to say about our experiences at Kaiser Permanente.

Murray Ross, VP of the Institute for Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, USA


The opportunity for slow thinking in a fast world

In addition to our annual forums, we’re putting on a series of focused forums that are helping industry experts to understand their markets better. Topics (such as e-health, healthcare ventures, care coordination etc.) bring together an intimate and selected circle of corporate decision-makers, policy-makers, investors, and providers. These focused forums can be organized individually for specific sponsors or attached to our annual forum as a satellite. Frequently they are part of our global strategy projects. Often sponsors bring in individual cases that are matched with expertise from our global network. This ensures that content is created beyond match-making. The approach further supports the validation of market knowledge and translates it into action.

We have organized these forums in cities around the world, using an interactive approach that relies on real-time and team-based content capturing and evaluation supported by various moderation and visualization techniques. The acquired knowledge and insights lead to fresh and promising approaches to longstanding and unresolved challenges in management. They have also helped to achieve political and regulatory changes globally.

Contact us to commission a focused forum, learn more about topics or apply for an invitation to our annual forum at

Please see the following overview of past and current forums. For more details please click on the respective item and follow the link to summaries, impressions and other content we share.

Annual business forums      Focused forums


Happy clients of the forum

The Center’s Forum was a fantastic platform to meet with national and international leaders, and to discuss best practices for overcoming challenges. It was also an excellent opportunity to discuss the larger discourses that underlie these topics, such as access to healthcare as a whole.

Peter M. Fleischut, SVP and Chief Transformation Officer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, USA

8th Forum

The Center’s 8th Business Forum “Money and people – the currencies of healthcare” was held on September 11-13, 2019 at the Columbia University Global Center in Paris.

The Forum is designed for global executives in healthcare business and strategy to discuss the latest developments, challenges and opportunities shaping the industry. Working hand-in-hand with leading thinkers from around the world, the event provides attendees with an ideal forum for personal connections as well as rigorous analysis and foresight.

As previously we brought together our partners & friends for our annual gathering. After eight years it has become a club of like-minded people who enjoy thinking together to reap results for their everyday business life in a confidential and interactive setting. As always topics have been broad, ranging from medical cannabis to human and communication centered design and investments in healthcare system development. It’s a free space in which even early-stage ideas can thrive, be reflected upon and eventually become reality. We value well-prepared content and have the right people in place.

The Center’s 8th Business Forum is now happy history – thanks to our sponsors, speakers, participants, a great team, a beautiful venue, food for thought and delight. Some impressions of what it felt like to be there are now online: Virtual broadcasting

The Forum has been conceived to help the world’s top healthcare executives seize the moment. Previous participants rave about the interactive, content-rich and personal experience:

Your individual focused forum – get a taste of the Center’s approach

Can’t wait for the Center’s next Forum? We’ll come to your premises or pick a global location and design a focused forum for you, using our unique approach and methodology. Our in-house focused forums allow us to focus on specific issues related to your organization and explore current examples from your work environment. Contact us to commission your own focused forum.


8th Forum: Feedback

It’s this wonderful opportunity to learn from others and compare notes and not be spoken to but to listen and share.

Walter Kopp, President, Medical Management Services, San Anselmo, USA


We provide tailor-made workshops and executive education at our base in Paris which grew out of our forums and well appreciated interactive format and methodologies. We aimed at creating an innovative approach to training and education that is based on actual case studies and strategy of the respective organization while simultaneously offering management tools and out-of-the-box-thinking. This adaptive and flexible approach is resonating well with executives from around the world who we have had the pleasure to welcome at the Columbia Global Center in Paris.

Our education programs can also be delivered on your premises, online through our education platform or in the form of strategy retreats. They are designed according to your organization’s needs and strategic purposes.

  • We offer a range of courses related to macro-level healthcare market phenomena as well as micro-level management classes.
  • Modules include an overview of a particular or several markets and sessions on management tools.
  • The core piece can be related to and based on your strategy or strategic change. We develop it jointly and will use your business case to get the message to your people.
  • If desired your program can include a Columbia University certificate. Contact us to discuss details and to receive an overview of sample classes.
This kind of conference is practical for us. It provides ideas how we organize ourselves to deliver on all three of those missions, i.e. the science level, the application of innovation in a pragmatic way and the ability to create models and systems of care delivery that allow this to be scaled across an international set of boundaries.

Frank Maddux, CMO Fresenius Medical Care North America, Waltham, USA


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