Darren Lehrich

What are you doing today?

I graduated from the HPA program in 1993 and was recruited (on campus) to join Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where I took an entry-level administrative job in their ambulatory care division. After nearly three years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, I went back to graduate school to earn an MBA in finance from Purdue University. By melding my health care and business background, I landed a job as a health care equity research analyst on Wall Street (my current title is associate analyst), where I cover U.S.-based health care service companies.

How has HPA helped you get where you are today?

The HPA program gave me a strong foundation in understanding health policy and health care finance and also provided very practical knowledge of health system management, all of which have proven to be indispensable as I have progressed through my career in health care. The degree gave me a "leg-up" on other young health care managers because I graduated from Penn State with such a strong understanding of how the U.S. health care system operates.