recognition from the University of Tennessee Physician Executive MBA program
WOODRUFF—Bob Sookochoff, M.D., Regional Vice President, Ministry Medical Group – Northern Region, recently received his MBA from the University of Tennessee Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) program, consistently rated the top program in the country, and was further recognized as the Outstanding Physician Leader of the Year.
The intense, one-year program is structured with four residence, on-campus education sessions combined with weekly distance learning cyber-class sessions. The program included 39 physicians from all across the US, including Alaska, in additional to Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Saipan. A broad spectrum of specialties was represented and experience ranged from that of academic medical centers, to multispecialty group practice, to single specialty groups, to individual group practice.
Throughout the program, Sookochoff received numerous awards for his work with cohort teams that he either lead or participated in. His four-person Marketplace Team won the “Marketplace Masters” award for 2008 that acknowledges the best balanced scorecard performance in a complex computer based marketplace simulation/competition that runs for the last three months of the program. In another major project, Sookochoff led a nine-member business planning cohort to develop the best new business plan in the class as determined by a panel of potential investors.
Each year the PEMBA class recognizes two physician leaders. Sookochoff was recognized with the Outstanding Physician Leader of the Year award and has joined the PEMBA Advisory Board for a three-year term, where he will provide advice, advocacy, recruiting and fundraising support for the program. Sookochoff was given the honor of delivering a speech on Physician Leadership at the commencement ceremony on Friday, December 12, in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“My opportunity to begin in the advisory board role happened quickly, as we found that a support staff of the PEMBA program had been diagnosed with a brain tumor just prior to the final residence session. I led an effort to raise money for this individual and our class generously donated nearly $3,000 to help with medical expenses,” said Bob Sookochoff, M.D. “I have also joined an effort by the school to help fund a scholarship to assist physician leaders coming from poor areas whom might otherwise not be able to afford PEMBA.”
Ministry Medical Group sponsored Sookochoff for the PEMBA program, along with local physicians Dr. Pete Sanderson and Dr. Tom O’Malley.
“Ministry Medical Group (MMG) chose to sponsor Dr. Sookochoff for the prestigious PEMBA program because he has demonstrated exceptional skill as a physician leader. Completion of this program will augment those skills and we know he will unselfishly give back to Ministry his new-found knowledge,” said Dr. Stewart Watson, President and CEO – Ministry Medical Group. “Dr. Sookochoff is committed to making MMG the best place for patients to receive care and for clinicians to work.”
Sookochoff completed his bachelor and medical degrees at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He completed his family practice training at the University of Ottawa. He received his Physician Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee in December of 2008. He joined Ministry Medical Group (MMG) a values-based, not for profit, multi-specialty group in 1993. He has been involved in medical leadership since 2003, and since March 2008 has served as the Regional Vice President for MMG’s northern region. In this role he has oversight of regional medical group operations, budgeting, growth and strategic planning. Sookochoff lives in Eagle River, Wisconsin.