MHA Alumni Success Stories


USC Price has an amazing alumni network. The alums are so helpful — they come back to USC Price and interact with current students.

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Alumnus Don Larsen aims to improve health care delivery in role as Chief Medical Officer

As chief medical officer, Don Larsen holds a top leadership post in the hospital hierarchy. But in an era of continuous healthcare reform, Larsen recognized the value of advancing his education in the health field – particularly, the administrative side – to ensure he was doing all he could to provide the best quality of care possible for patients at the lowest cost. So after amassing years of experience and previously earning MD and MBA degrees, he decided to pursue a Master of Health Administration from the USC Price School.
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Price alum named president of Children’s Hospital Foundation in DC

USC Price Master of Health Administration alumna DeAnn Aston Marshall was recently named the new president of the Children’s Hospital Foundation for Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. In this role, Marshall will lead all philanthropic efforts and development strategy across the organization.
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MHA alum leads efforts to launch state-of-the-art cancer center on Chicago’s West Side

The efforts of one USC Price Master of Health Administration alumnus – along with generous support from a group of nuns – are going to help 5,000 patients a year fight cancer. As Regional Chief Ambulatory, Ancillary and Business Development Officer at Presence Health in Chicago, Stonish Pierce was given the opportunity and responsibility to develop a comprehensive cancer treatment center when the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth vacated their convent, located at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, and recommended its use for patient care.
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Alumni Spotlight Q&A: Aron Kifle MHA ’16

Recent MHA graduate Aron Kifle reflects on his experiences as a student at the USC Price School, and talks about his position at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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Price alum leads medical response team to treat Nepal quake victims

In May 2015, USC Price School of Public Policy alumnus Tim Collins MHA ’05 led a Scripps Health medical response team to Nepal, where in a span of three weeks they treated close to 2,200 people who had been injured during the recent 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated the country and were in dire need of health care services. Collins – who serves as Corporate Vice President of Operations at Scripps Health, a San Diego-based health care system – coordinated the delivery of aid to communities that hadn’t previously received outside assistance.
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Executive MHA alum Scott Evans receives award for healthcare leadership

Scott Evans, CEO of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, was named Hospital CEO of the Year at the annual Healthcare Leadership Awards held by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Evans earned his Executive Master of Health Administration from the USC Price School of Public Policy.
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Bill Dully EMHA ’16 takes unique path to shaping mental health

Bill Dully shot hoops with Michael Jordan, golfed with Tiger Woods, and rode in a race car driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. For more than 20 years, Dully was a major player in the world of athletics, serving as president and chief operating officer of trading card companies Upper Deck and Donruss. However, the sports card industry took a harsh downturn, and for three years he found himself an out-of-work, high-level executive unable to find a job that suited his talents. So he decided to develop a different set of talents. Inspired by his own experiences with overcoming alcohol addiction in his 20s, Dully determined to make a mid-life career change into the field of mental health. In August 2015, he completed the Executive Master of Health Administration program at USC Price and has landed a job as president of laboratory operations and logistics for Solid Landings Behavioral Health in Orange County.
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