Opportunities in Healthcare


The landscape of the healthcare industry is changing more rapidly than almost any other professional sector, creating roles for diverse specialties beyond primary care providers. In fact, the American healthcare industry employs 19 million people (most of whom are not doctors or nurses) and will account for over a third of the nation’s projected job growth from 2014 – 2024. Regardless of your discipline, there’s still an opportunity to make a significant contribution to improving the healthcare system and the overall health of your community. Leaders from across this diverse sector will speak about opportunities to leverage your graduate training in an exciting time for health professions.


Maryam Saleh, Vice President of Programs at MATTER (PhD, Computational Neuroscience) is passionate about moving research into the market, where it can have impact and improve lives. Her path started off at Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc. where she teamed up with neuroscientists at Brown University to spin out a brain implant designed to help restore movement in paralyzed individuals. She’s also performed research herself, while pursuing her PhD in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Most recently, she founded the Center for Device Development at Northwestern University, a fellowship program in medical device innovation, where doctors and engineers test drive their own medical device business idea. Through her work, she’s come to realize the importance of building bridges between stakeholders in order to move an opportunity forward. Her goal as MATTER’s Vice President of Programs is to actively engage with MATTER’s members to build an experience that is customized to address their individual needs.

Howard Underwood VP and Actuary Enterprise Clinical Analytics, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of IL, TX, MT, OK, and NM (MBA, UChicago) Dr. Underwood, an OB/GYN, FSA actuary, Chicago MBA, and informatician, leads big data analytics for HCSC's Blue Cross plans in IL, TX, MT, OK, and NM, He supports the Chief Medical Officer in assessing the value proposition of its clinical programs, products, and services.

Connor Williams (AM, Social Service Administration) is currently the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator for the Care2Prevent Program, part of the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. Care2Prevent is a comprehensive HIV care and prevention program serving adolescents and young adults on the Southside of Chicago through primary medical care, case management, behavioral health services, and prevention efforts. Throughout his career, Connor has focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and care, primarily working with LGBTQ young people and young people experiencing homelessness in Denver, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois. Connor spearheaded the development of the behavioral health program at Care2Prevent, helping expand services to individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS on the Southside of Chicago. Most recently, Connor designed and implemented a novel HIV-prevention program that utilizes an integrated approach to behavioral health care for high risk, HIV-negative individuals. Connor and the behavioral health team at Care2Prevent will be examining the efficacy of this intervention program in hopes of establishing it as a CDC-approved, evidence-based intervention that can be utilized in HIV prevention programs nationally. Connor received his AM from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado—Boulder.

Kathy Goss, Senior Science Writer and Director for Strategic Partnerships at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center (PhD, Cell Biology, Vanderbilt University) graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Vanderbilt University working in the laboratory of Lynn Matrisian. After a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Cincinnati with Joanna Groden, Dr. Goss started her independent research program at the University of Cincinnati and then moved her laboratory to the University of Chicago in 2007. The major focus of her work has been the molecular events responsible for breast and colorectal tumor initiation and progression, with a particular emphasis on the APC tumor suppressor gene and Wnt signal transduction pathway. Her work has been supported by grants from the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Concern Foundation, American Association for Cancer Research, and National Cancer Institute. In 2013, she became the Senior Science Writer and Director of Strategic Partnerships at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center as part of the communications team and responsible for integrating cancer outreach, advocacy and education efforts.


Ellen Cohen, Executive Director of CHeSS (MPP), provides strategic leadership to this University of Chicago center which fosters interdisciplinary research and training at the interface of health and the social sciences. CHeSS includes more than 100 faculty affiliates across all of the university’s schools and divisions, and staff who write and manage a portfolio of federal and non-federal grants, develop and oversee training programs for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, fellows and junior faculty, and sponsor seminars, workshops and lectures. In her previous role as Dean of Students at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, she oversaw training of masters and PhD students, collaborated with faculty on curriculum development, course offerings, research and applied learning opportunities for students, as well as with external groups to create forums where researchers, practitioners, and students apply evidence-based analysis to policy problems across domains. With twenty five years of increasing responsibilities in varied educational and business environments, Ellen has developed and executed strategic plans, built technical infrastructures and created innovative and cost effective solutions for raising awareness, presence, enrollments and research funding. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown University.