Margaret Cary, MD, MBA, MPH
Coaching Healthcare Professionals to Step Up from the Bedside to the Executive Suite

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Maggi is a doctor’s doctor with a physician’s mind and a friend’s heart. As an executive coach she blends a scientist’s thinking with empathy. She is a ferocious learner and serial focuser with a lifelong passion for sharing what she’s learned. She is an inspirational motivator, occasional humorist, and excellent listener and storyteller. She is internationally known as an engaging speaker who translates the latest research in leadership development to entertaining and highly interactive presentations. She is an executive coach, author, professional speaker, facilitator, and teacher.

In fourth grade Maggi decided to become a family physician in a small town. Not only did she do that, she went on to get involved in nearly every aspect of health care:

  • Physician in private practice and co-director of an emergency department
  • Turnaround consultant – in 90 days took a clinic from three years of losing money to turning a profit
  • SVP and employee number six at Acueity, a medical device startup
  • Medical director of Vox Medica, $200M/year medical communications company
  • Co-author of a seminal text in health care information technology, Telemedicine and Telehealth: Principles, Policies, Performance and Pitfalls
  • Senior executive at the US Department of Health and Human Services in President Clinton’s administration
  • Intrapreneur at the Veterans Health Administration, creating and directing programs in physician
  • leadership development, medical technology assessment, and Medicare Advantage
  • Entrepreneur at Cary Communications International

Dr. Cary holds faculty positions at Georgetown University School of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Colorado Denver Business School, where she is on the Executive Advisory Board for the Center for Health Administration.

Her work encompasses leadership coaching, training, and consultation for healthcare professionals in executive roles as well as speaking nationally and internationally on topics of leadership development, emotional intelligence, and evidenced-based management skills.

executive and leadership coaching

As an executive coach for healthcare leaders, Dr. Cary’s clients value her honesty, insight, evidence-based approach, understanding of the challenges of the complex healthcare environment and ability to help them leverage and complement their strengths. She is a trusted advisor and confidante, a professional development expert in leadership who provides guidance and insight, and a partner who challenges your thinking as a leader.

Her clients come from academic medical centers, healthcare systems, private industry, research facilities, and professional associations. She’s coached physicians through organizational change, internal politics, and unacceptable staff evaluations. She works with new executives entering senior positions, seasoned leaders to advance their professional growth, and department chairs to become more effective, engaged and productive leaders.

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Speaking and Training

Dr. Cary is internationally known as an engaging speaker who translates the latest research in leadership into and entertaining highly interactive presentations. She will readily adapt any of her presentation into a workshop format.

Her most popular presentations include Your Leadership Expedition, Leading by Asking Questions, and Using Storytelling to Engage Your Employees. Dr. Cary also facilitates strategic planning retreats and trainings both on-site and at national conferences.

She has spoken at the Harvard Macy Institute, the Women in Healthcare Leadership Summit, Mayo Clinic, National Health Service, Peking Union Medical College, Dubai Medical and Pharmacy Colleges’ Graduate Forum, and the American Association for Physician Leadership, among many others.

Dr. Cary customizes each presentation for your needs; she asks about your objectives, details about your audience and the challenges they face. She reads your literature and interviews your organizations' leaders, audience and vendors, so she can personalize her presentation.

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What Clients Say

"You have strong insight into how to help me solve my problems and involve the team, combined with understanding my limitations and the patience to allow me to develop skills at my own pace."
Dr. J., Department Chair
Large Academic Medical Center
"Excellent listener. Knows when to push back against my innate level of comfort. . Being a physician you have insights into physicians that others just don’t and won’t."
Dr. A., Department Chair
Emergency Medicine, Inner City Hospital

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