Hearts, Lungs, and Spreadsheets

One of the most exciting aspects of choosing a career path during and after college is thinking creatively about ways to combine your passions. Why choose between medicine and business, for example? Apparently, there is enough demand in the marketplace for transplant administrators that business schools are taking heed. According to BusinessWeek, this fall three out of 40 health-care MBA students at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University will be undergoing interdisciplinary training at this intersection of medicine and business:

Essentially, these administrators are responsible for understanding enough of the clinical aspect of a specific type of organ transplant to oversee the business side of everything from organ donation to the purchase of new technology. Over the last 15 years, advances in the clinical aspects of transplanting organs, and the associated business goals, have created demand for transplant administrators at more than 250 transplant hospitals in the U.S., which usually have managers for every organ. These administrators can command six-figure salaries from the start if they have the right training, says Edward Zavala, who created the course and will be teaching it.