Dr. Lynda SmirzClass year and major:2001, Master’s in Business Administration (with leadership concentration)

Current position and responsibilities: I’m the chief medical officer (CMO) and vice president of surgical services at Indiana University Health North Hospital (previously known at Clarian North Medical Center). My current responsibilities as CMO involve all quality initiatives for the hospital, physician relations and physician peer review. Additionally, as VP of surgical services I oversee the economic engine of the hospital — the operating rooms and the support areas to include preoperative assessment, recovery room and instrument preparation.

Major project/achievement of the past year: Improving “on-time” starts in the operating room from a historical 21 percent to 72 percent.

Why did you choose medicine as your career: Medicine combines my love of scientific theory and my people-oriented nature. As an OB/GYN, there was no better purpose to a day than handing someone their healthy baby.

How did Butler prepare you for your career: Butler prepared me for my current assignments by giving me the framework to marry my medical knowledge with business acumen. Physicians have always been said to be poor businessmen. Not so. We just need to learn the skill. My Butler MBA taught me those skills.

Most memorable experience(s) at Butler: In my final semester in class, when the dean announced that I had been selected for Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society of business students.

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