Dec 19, 2018
Dan Murrey is an orthopedic spine surgeon. He leads the
Specialty Practice Division of OptumCare, a division of United
Health Group, a healthcare provider and coverage company. Dan was
previously founder and CEO of OrthoCarolina, an orthopedic practice
and physician group. He led efforts in quality improvement, data
management, corporate compliance, and customer service delivery and
contracting innovation. His honors and awards include the Care Ring
Maribelle Connerat Award, the Charlotte Center City Partners
Special Achievement Award, and the Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital
Physician of the Year award. He served as a Mecklenburg County
Commissioner and led the host committee for the 2012 Democratic
National Convention. Dan received a B.A. in Religion from Davidson
College, a Masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard
University’s Kennedy School of Government, and his M.D. from
Harvard Medical School.
This episode is
perfect for anyone interested in heath care system reform, where
God resides, confronting injustice and taking on difficult
IN THIS EPISODE
- Dan explains his work leading the Specialty
Practice Group at OptumCare.
- He describes values-based care and
distinguishes it from fee-for-service care.
- He answers why it is in the best interest of health
care systems to move away from fee for service.
- He addresses whether the free market is a rational mechanism
for health care delivery.
- Dan discusses why there is resistance to change within the
health care system and whether he is optimistic about the
future of healthcare.
- He talks about his home town of Pulaski,
Tennessee and its notorious history that informed his
- He reflects on the values he learned at home and the impression
his father’s medical practice made upon him.
- He shares why he studied religion at Davidson
College and what remains top of mind.
- Dan reveals where God resides for him.
- He discusses using his privilege to call out
injustice and the work of undermining unjust power
- He recalls his time at Harvard Medical School
and the Kennedy School of Government.
- He answers what drew him to spine surgery and
the surgeries he remembers.
- Dan shares what he set out to do as CEO of
- He reveals what he was thinking when he entered
politics and what he learned.
- He recalls how he managed his days as a
surgeon, CEO and a county commissioner.
- He discusses chairing the host committee for the 2012
Democratic National Convention.
- He shares his passions for cooking, collecting pottery
and civic debate.
- Dan answers what is most important to him and how he
wants to be remembered.
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