John Kenagy

John Kenagy, MD

John Kenagy is a Weatherhead Affiliate Instructor and President of Kenagy & Associates, LLC. As a physician, health care executive, scholar, advisor and patient he is intimately aware of the challenges and opportunities facing the healthcare industry today. He received his MD with distinction from the University of Nebraska Medical School, and trained in General and Vascular Surgery at the University of Washington. Additionally, Kenagy is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons with board certification in General and Vascular Surgery.

In addition to 20 years experience as a surgeon, he has been Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff and held management positions including Regional Vice President for Business Development with Peace Health, a multi-state health care delivery system.

His frustration with current methods was fueled by an injury—he suffered a broken neck in a fall from a tree. He discovered that his recovery depended on the effort of individuals working in a broken system. Searching for organizational answers beyond “try harder,” he earned a management degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School and was then appointed a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School from 1998–2002.

His Harvard research and teaching focused on innovative companies who excelled when others failed to adapt and change. He is dedicated to bringing these capabilities to health care—using Adaptive Design® to better and more profitably meet the needs of patients in an increasingly complex, rapidly changing world.