Dr. John Kenagy
Surgeon, Patient, Manager, Innovator
Dr. John Kenagy Bio
Dr. John Kenagy knows healthcare as a physician, executive, scholar, advisor and patient. In
addition to 20 years experience as a vascular surgeon, he has been Chief of Surgery, Chief of
Staff and Regional Vice President for Business Development for a multi-state, not-for-profit
healthcare delivery system. And, most importantly, he has been a patient.
His frustration with current methods was fueled by an injury - he suffered a broken neck in a
fall from a tree. Critically injured, he discovered that his recovery depended on the efforts of
dedicated individuals working in an unpredictable and often unresponsive system. Searching
for answers, he earned a management degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of
Government and was appointed Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School.
Kenagy's Harvard research included developing disruptive innovation healthcare strategy with
Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen and translating to healthcare the
drivers for success in transformational companies like Toyota, Intel and Apple.
The result is Adaptive Design; a set of revitalizing choices and opportunities that cultivate
adaptability in the everyday work of the organization and it's people. He authored Designed to
Adapt: Leading Healthcare in Challenging Times to be the guidebook to more care for less cost. The
American College of Healthcare Executives named it the 2011 Book of the Year.
Dr. Kenagy's work and his soon-to-be-released, web-based, on-line learning course Experience
Adaptive Design enable everyone from the executive team to the frontline to get patients exactly
what they need at continually lower cost. It's the way to thrive in 21st Century healthcare.
His contributions have been widely recognized:
Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Washington
Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School (1998-2002)
Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative in Healthcare and Case Western
Reserve University Weatherhead School of Business Executive Education
Speaking and consulting engagements throughout the US and in Canada
Testimony before the US Senate Commerce Committee
Co-author with Clayton Christensen of the first article on disruptive innovation in
healthcare in Harvard Business Review.
Author of "Service Quality in Health Care" in the Journal of the American Medical
Association, named the Best Healthcare Management Article of the Year.
Coauthored Harvard Business School Teaching Cases used worldwide to teach how to
effectively innovate in complex, dynamic, unpredictable, competitive environments.
Forbes Magazine featured Dr. Kenagy as "the man who would save healthcare."