John W. Kenagy MD, MPA, ScD, FACS

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John W. Kenagy, MD, MPA, ScD, FACS

John Kenagy, MD: The Man Who Would Save Healthcare - Forbes.Dr. Kenagy has brought Discover/Develop/Deliver to healthcare as Adaptive Design®. Adaptive Design® is a system for designing, doing, and improving the complex work of healthcare in real-time by developing the knowledge and creativity of your employees. It makes improving healthcare everyone's job, every day; and it works! 
Dr. Kenagy will inspire your organization to thrive in 21st Century healthcare.  His customized presentations specialize in creating dynamic interactive learning that meets the needs of any organization delivering products and services in complex, unpredictable environments.

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Discover/Develop/Deliver is low cost, high reward, and fast. It is a system for designing, doing, and improving the complex work of healthcare in real-time by developing the knowledge and creativity of your employees. It makes improving healthcare everyone's job, every day; and it works!

Presentations by Dr. Kenagy (all adapted to meet specific needs):

  1. The Secrets to Simplifying Success
  2. Creating Cultural Chemistry at Every Level
  3. Adaptive Design® - Improving Across the Continuum
  4. How to Build Healthcare Financial Strength and Stability
  5. Creating the Future – Centers of Value and Excellence
Dr. Kenagy’s speaking, workshops, and his innovative, web-based Experience Adaptive Design online learning system enable healthcare organizations to adapt and succeed by providing more access to the Great Care at continually lower cost.


Dr. John Kenagy knows healthcare as a vascular surgeon, Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, and Vice President for Business Development in a multi-state health system and innovator. But, his most meaningful experience was becoming a patient.

He suffered a broken neck in a fall from a tree. Critically injured, he discovered that his recovery depended on the efforts of dedicated individuals working in a very complicated system. Searching for solutions, he became a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School. His research into resilient, highly adaptive companies opened the door to simplifying the complex world of healthcare.

Here’s how:

  1. Empower Leadership to simplify success at all levels
  2. Revitalize the point-of-care to adapt to continually changing needs
  3. Increase Financial Strength by multiplying value, efficiency and effectiveness


Searching for answers, he earned a management degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School.

Kenagy’s Harvard research included developing a disruptive innovation healthcare strategy with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen and translating to healthcare the drivers for success in transformational companies like Toyota, Intel, and Apple.

The result is Adaptive Design®: a set of revitalizing choices and opportunities that cultivate adaptability in the everyday work of the organization and its people. He authored DESIGNED TO ADAPT: Leading Healthcare in Challenging Times to be the guidebook to more care for less cost. Forbes Magazine stated that John Kenagy, MD, is "the man who would save healthcare".

Dr. Kenagy’s work and his new web-based, online learning course, "Experience Adaptive Design," enable everyone from the executive team to the front line to get patients exactly what they need at continually lower cost. It is the way to thrive in 21st century healthcare.


Dr. Kenagy’s contributions have been widely recognized:

  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School
  • Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Washington
  • Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh
  • The American College of Healthcare Executives named his book Designed to Adapt: Leading Healthcare in Challenging Times Healthcare Management Book of the Year.
  • Dr. Kenagy named by Forbes Magazine as "the man who would save healthcare."

Comments from previous presentations:

  • Having the book available would have made the presentation perfect.
  • This is critical thinking for the success of the reform of healthcare delivery and healthcare financing.
  • Well done, good speaker. I will get his books and read them.
  • Excellent speaker!
  • Excellent speaker! Topic applicable beyond healthcare.
  • Interesting topic, very applicable to my organization.
  • Would be good to explore more concrete examples as well as examining external inhibitors (government, payers, provider advocates, tech industry)
  • Dr. Kenagy's thinking is desperately needed in healthcare.
  • Outstanding presentation & presenter!