Introducing Anthony (Tony) German, Sloan class of 1993, Executive Director of the Sloan Program in Health Administration
Tony German ’93 accepted an offer in the fall of 2015 to return to Cornell as the new Executive Director for the Sloan Program in Health Administration. Tony credits his professional success to the many people he encountered as a graduate student. From the support and dedication of Sloan alumni to the genuine commitment of the faculty and staff in Human Ecology, Tony readily admits that Cornell, Human Ecology, and Sloan opened doors that would not have existed anywhere else. In Tony’s letter to the search committee he stated: “I’m ready to give back, provide leadership and serve as a resource for students that are in the same place I was 22 years ago. The world of healthcare is rapidly changing and I am excited to come back to participate in guiding and developing the program that played such a large role in my success and that also cultivates out some of the industry’s leading innovators.”
Tony brings to Cornell 22+ years of experience in a number of different organizations. Following his graduation from the Sloan Program, Tony spent much of his career working with ambulatory surgery centers and physician partnerships, serving as Administrator/CEO of a number of freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, and as a multi-facility Regional Vice President for a national surgery center and hospital group. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of a surgery center trade and advocacy association. In addition to his experience with surgery centers, Tony also worked as the start-up CEO for a new physician-owned hospital and spent time outside of healthcare in a leadership role with a private entrepreneurial business.
Immediately before joining the Sloan leadership team, Tony served in a policy and advocacy leadership role as Executive Director of the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society, one of the largest surgery center advocacy associations in the country. In this role, Tony built upon his broad operational, policy and regulatory knowledge to represent over 430 surgery center facility members on a variety of state and national health policy issues. Tony’s experience beyond healthcare operations will provide Human Ecology with access to someone who has been actively engaged in influencing health policy, which will be valuable not only for the Sloan Program but with other programs like the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) and the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures.
Tony has been an active volunteer since he graduated, serving as a past Sloan Wagner Lecturer, Sloan Alumni Association Board Member and Board Member of the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society, and has been actively involved in both helping to recruit students and on providing assistance to students looking for internships and jobs for many years.
Alumni and Executives-in-Residence (EIRs) Joe Tasse ’79 and Denise Boudreau-Scott ’94, who both wrote letters of recommendation for Tony’s candidacy, commented that in addition to his excellent skills and experience, Tony’s expertise in the ambulatory arena will be particularly valuable. The dramatically changing healthcare landscape has care shifting from the inpatient and hospital setting to ambulatory and non-traditional provider settings. Tony’s background in freestanding ambulatory facilities, outpatient services and physician partnerships will increase Sloan students’ exposure to provider models and operating philosophies beyond the traditional hospital setting. This viewpoint will be crucial as students continue to develop their understanding of how ambulatory providers work and as they begin to make connections and explore potential career opportunities.
Tony, with his two daughters, Victoria and Sophie, has called Texas home for more than 17 years and will be moving to Ithaca from Austin. Tony has always liked the Ithaca community and is looking forward to moving closer to his family and roots in New England. An avid cyclist, Tony will be trading the roads of the Texas Hill Country for those of the beautiful Finger Lakes area. In addition to cycling, Tony has had a life-long passion for photography and continues to be an active skier long after learning how to ski in his backyard while growing up in Vermont. Everyone at Sloan is also ready and excited to welcome Tony back to campus and Sloan in his new role!
AUPHA faculty member
AUPHA Finance Committee
ACHE faculty member
No public engagement to report.
From a teaching standpoint, I make efforts to expose students to the diversity of the healthcare system, and how the healthcare system changes over time. Providers, payment systems and structures that are prevalent today may not be suitable for the healthcare system of the future and it is important for students to understand how those changes may happen.
In health care services marketing, I touch on the main topics within services marketing including the importance of addressing the needs and wants of the health care consumer and use cases to highlight the themes that are discussed in classroom lectures.
I advise students on a collective and individual basis. Individually, I want to find where students' interests lie in the healthcare professions and try to develop their skills to find success in their chosen field.
PAM 5990 Challenges and Trends in the Health Care Industry (Colloquium)
PAM 5770 Health Care Services Marketing
PAM 6000 Independent Study (3 to 4 sections for case competitions and independent study courses based on student need)
BA, 1982, Spanish Language and Literature, Gannon University, Erie, PA
MHA, 1993, Cornell University, Sloan Program in Health Administration, Ithaca, NY
Day to day operational responsibility for Sloan Program in Health Administration
Sloan Program Admissions Committee
Advising Sloan graduate students (24)
Sloan student job and internship placement
Sloan website management
Alumni relations via Sloan Alumni Association Executive Board
Teach Health Services Marketing in Fall semester
New Sloan student orientation
Fellowship preparation and internship supervision and coordination
Increase visibility of and ranking of Sloan Program