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7:00pm EDT January 26, 2009

Born: Winchester, Mass.

Education: Yale College at Yale University, New Haven, Conn., bachelor’s degree in history; Washington University in St. Louis, master’s degree in health administration and juris doctorate

What was your first job, and what did it teach you?

I was a bowling alley pinsetter for two years when I was 13. It taught me I didn’t want to be a bowling alley pinsetter ever again.

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Ron Evans, my first president at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was also a radiologist. He was a very helpful mentor. He’s straightforward, honest and a very effective communicator.

He follows through and holds you accountable. The most important thing is the honesty and the straightforwardness. I think too often leaders are too afraid of the potential ramifications if they are straightforward with the people they are working with.

Too often employees are frustrated because they don’t know where they stand. That was not the case with Dr. Ron Evans. He was a great mentor.

What is your favorite movie?

‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.’ It gives the viewer a very different perspective on life. It shows the harsh realities of how some people are just not as blessed in terms of their positive health. It shows how relationships develop, it was funny, and Jack Nicholson was a great actor [in that movie].