Meet the Director

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Professor Catherine Robbins became the Interim Director of the School of Business on July 1, 2019.

Professor Robbins is a Professor of Practice in the Simmons School of Business with experience leading hospital and health care systems as a senior health care financial executive and communicating about the broader health care financial trends from the perspective of an investment banker.

Professor Robbins leads the Health Care MBA Program at Simmons. She brings together faculty, and regional health care employers to support this AACSB accredited program designed for students working in health care providers, payors and government. As Professor of Practice at the Simmons School of Business, Professor Robbins teaches financial reporting, health care finance and health care financial strategy to graduate students. She teaches health care finance to undergraduate students. She is recognized for both her in-class and online teaching excellence.

As a Vice President of the health care investment bank, Cain Brothers, she served clients' capital needs, researched, and wrote on topics such as trustee liability, asset and liability management, asset redeployment, and hospital bankruptcy. Prior to that, as Vice President of Finance at the newly created $2.5 billion Partners Healthcare in Boston, she directed strategies, financial planning and all areas of financial administration. She worked with the new Partners Board of Trustees to develop their capital strategies and to clarify the capital, budget and fiduciary responsibilities of the multiple independent boards. Prior to her role at Partners, Professor Robbins was Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer at Massachusetts General Hospital, leading all financial operations and strategies as well as handling administrative responsibility for planning and managed care contracting.

Professor Robbins has a longstanding commitment to education of health care leaders. While at Partners, she was the Director of the MGH Administrative Fellowship Program. She has served as Chair of the Accrediting Commission for Education of Health Care Administration, as Treasurer of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, and has published on leadership competency development.