Marc Edwards, M.D., MBA

Photograph: Marc Edwards, M.D., MBA head and shoulders portrait Marc Edwards, a native of Seattle, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 1971. While in school, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, won the Guthrie prize in psychology, and received two years of National Science Foundation Research Grants.

Dr. Edwards graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1975 and completed a Family Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1978. At the University of Colorado, he was editor of the student paper, completed a Public Health Service traineeship, and won the Florence Sabin Memorial Award for preventive medicine. When one of his classmates tragically committed suicide, he responded by initiating a survey of problems and concerns that proved instrumental in promoting needed changes in the educational environment. He also developed and instructed an elective seminar on the concept of health inspired by Maharishi's writing, which the School of Health Administration later adopted as core curriculum.

After residency, he worked for six years as a staff physician for ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia. On returning to the United States, he spent four and one-half years with a medical group practice in Dallas where he was Department Chairman of Family Practice and medical advisor for wellness programs. He also worked closely with the St. Paul's Family Practice Residency program and was active in the Texas Academy of Family Physicians as secretary, treasurer and program chairman for his local chapter and on the state committee for legislation and public policy.

In 1989, Dr. Edwards relocated to Connecticut to pursue career opportunities in medical management. As national director of Aetna's Individual Case Management program, he re-structured policy and operations to align with advances in managed care philosophy and practice. From 1992-4, as Director of Professional Services, he led a variety of initiatives that served to increase the morale, effectiveness and professionalism of Aetna's 300 medical managers during a period of dramatic organizational and marketplace change. During this time, he also completed the Executive MBA program at the University of Connecticut.

He found subsequent work with several local managed care organizations less than satisfying and, in 1997, joined Ernst & Young's Health Care Consulting practice. Since 2000, as a senior hospital executive, he has championed improvements in healthcare quality.

Dr. Edwards was certified by the American Board of Family Practice in 1978 and passed recertification exams in 1984, 1990, 1996 and 2003. He has been a long-time student of Maharishi Vedic Medicine. He is also an accomplished vegetarian chef.

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