Eric BuehrensCEO, Lean Enterprise Institute
Eric Buehrens has enjoyed a varied career as executive, consultant, and senior advisor in healthcare and higher education, government and private industry, and as an instructor in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has been an executive in academic medicine for 20 years, serving as executive dean for administration at Harvard Medical School, deputy provost for administration at Harvard University, executive vice president, COO, and interim CEO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and as EVP and COO of Reliant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician group practice.
He first encountered lean teaching more than a decade ago and championed the continuous improvement work at Beth Israel and Reliant. He has led, taught, and coached other leaders, and has led strategic planning processes for several large institutions as an executive and consultant. He is deeply committed to continuous improvement, to building learning organizations, and provides consultation and executive coaching to leadership teams in these areas.
Eric is a graduate of Harvard College, and worked as a shipfitter and union organizer before beginning his professional career in state government, playing a key role in the cleanup of Boston Harbor. He was a developer of privately built, financed, and operated environmental infrastructure projects in the U.S. and abroad. He advises a number of healthcare startup companies, and serves on the board of directors of the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems, a nonprofit organization devoted to understanding the dynamics of authority and the role of leadership in group processes. He has been a member of the Lean Enterprise Institute board since 2016.