Annually, Modern Healthcare sponsors The Up & Comers awards and recognition program which acknowledges healthcare’s rising stars. These young executives have made significant contributions in the areas of healthcare administration, management, or policy. This year, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member MaCalus Hogan, MD, was named an Up & Comer for 2018.
Dr. Hogan is the vice chair of orthopaedic surgery and medical director for outcomes and registries, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. An ankle fracture in high school led Dr. Hogan to a lifelong career in healthcare. The surgeon who operated on his ankle invited Dr. Hogan to shadow him during summers and holidays; he’s been dedicated to orthopedics ever since.
“I love providing patient and surgical care, but the most exciting piece is as I’m providing that care, I have the opportunity to think about how it can be provided better, more efficiently and more abundantly. I’m involved in the evolution of that care delivery; that’s what makes my job exciting,” he said.
A man with many titles, Dr. Hogan was recently appointed medical director of outcomes and registries at the Wolff Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation at UPMC. He has put new metrics in place from a bundled-payment contract that’s resulted in outcomes data being collected on 80% of pre-operative patients and 60% of post-op patients.
Just as Dr. Hogan was mentored, he has several proteges at UPMC.
“I want to really take healthcare, not to the next level, but beyond whatever the next level may be. I tell my residents all the time, we have to be prepared for the future that will not be like today. Everything is the next beginning,” he said.
To be considered for this recognition, nominees must be 40 years of age or younger as of July 30, the deadline for entries. The nominees can be working in any sector of healthcare, including providers, insurers, vendors, and suppliers. Nominations will be reviewed and judged by a comprised panel of the senior editors at Modern Healthcare based on the following criteria:
- Specific actions the nominee took this year to help the organization achieve or exceed financial, operational and clinical goals.
- Specific steps the nominee has taken to establish or contribute to a culture of innovation and transformation.
Congratulations, Dr. Hogan!